As the tech world gathers in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG has become the first mobile manufacturer to officially announce a new handset. The LG Optimus Black lays claim to be the slimmest smartphone available, measuring an impressively svelte 9.2mm. However, it's the four-inch NOVA touch-screen display that has really got tongues wagging. LG hopes it will rival the iPhone's eye-retina display and Samsung's Super AMOLED display for both clarity and crispness. The NOVA technology provides high levels of brightness that coupled with purer white tones, make a clearer reading experience, while the display can handle direct sunlight when using the phone outdoors, helping limit any potential glare. In perhaps a sly swipe at Samsung, LG also claims the NOVA display uses twice as less power when displaying webpages compared to AMOLED screens.
LG has kitted the phone out with all the trimmings you'd expect from a high-end handset, including Wi-Fi and the ability to navigate to specific features direct from the lock screen. What's more, though the LG Optimus Black will arrive with Android 2.2 Froyo, the manufacturer claims that the handset will be upgradeable to the updated Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
The LG Optimus Black will be arriving sometime before June, but we'll be bringing you a hands-on first impression in the next few days.