LG’s Optimus Black device will make it’s debut in Australia in June the company says, with the device to go on sale through all three major carriers.
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January this year, the Optimus Black, the latest phone in LG’s “Optimus” series (their dual-core Optimus arrived last month) runs Google’s Android operating system and has been billed as one of the thinnest mobiles in the world. It’s not, however, thinner than Samsung’s Galaxy S II which became available in Australia today.
Other features of the device include a weight of just 109 grams, 4″ LCD capacitive touch display, 5MP rear camera and flash and a 2MP front-facing camera, support for 720p HD video recording, in-built GPS and Bluetooth support and 2GB of internal memory.
Nathan Dunn, General Manager of LG Mobile Communications said in a statement this morning that the company was “excited” to announce the phone’s availability for Australians.
“We are excited to introduce this stylish new Android smartphone and expect the LG Optimus Black to play a key role in the mobile market,” he said.
“The Optimus Black reflects our core strengths of advanced technology, in both display and design, offering one of the world’s brightest screens and slimmest designs in an attractive and smart package.”
The phone will ship with Android 2.2 “Froyo”, but will be updated to the latest version of Android for smartphones, version 2.3 dubbed “Gingerbread”, in “the future” with timing to be announced “at a later date”.
Optus and Vodafone will be the first carriers to sell the device which is expected to become available sometime early this month. Telstra will also offer the device, but not until July, when the Galaxy S II will also arrive on the carrier as well as the HTC Wildfire S.
LG says the Optimus Black is expected to sell on caps between $29 and $59, depending on the carrier.