The U.K. has been enjoying the LG Optimus Black (P970) for several months now, and it’s the U.S.’s turn this time. According to discoveries that pocketnow.com has made lately among Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, it appears that the LG Optimus Black is also headed for the U.S.
pocketnow.com followed a clue trail from the Tera-WURFL handset database right down to the FCC, and concluded with relative confidence that the LG Optimus Black is indeed U.S.-bound and will be coming to four mobile carriers: U.S. Cellular, Sprint, Alltel, and Virgin Mobile. No release date or pricing info has been revealed yet.
The Tera-WURFL database lists the LG Optimus Black as handset model US855 and having Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The LG Optimus Black already in circulation in the U.K. still has Android 2.2 Froyo with no official Gingerbread update looming on the horizon yet.
In addition to Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard, among the LG Optimus Black’s chief features are its 4-inch NOVA display (which makes the screen bright and readable regardless of light conditions and also cuts down energy consumption by about half the consumption of conventional LCDs), Texas Instrument OMAP3630 processor (1 GHz), 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, and 1500mAh Li-ion battery (up to 6 hours of straight use).
Spec-wise, the LG Optimus Black falls behind its other Android competitors, although its light weight, slim build, and bright NOVA display screen make it stand out from the crowd.
If you are purchasing a new Android smartphone anytime soon, will you be including the LG Optimus Black on your list of options?
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This is definitely a bargain smartphone with those early 2010 specs. It does look great and the name is nice, a bit confusing with the Optimus 3D, but I suppose most US consumers have no idea that the Optimus 3D exists because they’ll know it as the Thrill 4G 3D.
Oh carriers and the games they play. We are an enthusiast site for sure, so it’s hard to know what’s in the minds of the average consumer. Still, Android 2.3 Gingerbread functions beautifully on last years hardware, so maybe the carriers hope to clean up? Either way, knowing what’s up is where it’s at.