LG entered the Android game a bit late last year, but it’s definitely looking like they are trying their best to catch-up with the other big boys in the industry. What I’m liking about them lately is that they’ve stopped simply cloning Samsung’s devices and offering them for a lower price, and also lower quality. They are really trying to set themselves apart with their last few devices, and also trying to make them higher and higher quality. Their upcoming LG Optimus Sol is just one of their latest attempts to do that.

Solar Powered

Are we about to see a wave of solar powered phones and other devices soon? If that’s so, then LG is one of the first to push for this with their LG Optimus Sol, which has a solar panel baked into its back. Although, I don’t think having a solar powered phone is a necessity right now, since most people keep their phones in shade anyway, I can see how a few years from now, all or most phones could be built like that, kind of like a camera is in every phone right now.

But until then, having your phone solar powered is probably something someone who stays a lot in the sun might need, or someone who doesn’t have access to much electricity, like in poor countries. Although, I think this phone is too expensive for those countries. If they could make sub-$100 Android phones that can be solar powered, that would be great for those countries.


LG is joining Samsung in producing AMOLED displays for their phones. AMOLED displays have great vivid colors, and that’s why everyone loves them. But one of the biggest issues with AMOLED displays is that they are even worse than LCD’s in direct sunlight, to the point of being unusable. Samsung solved this with their Super-AMOLED display, and now LG have their own answer to this with the Ultra-AMOLED display. This display is twice more reflective than regular AMOLED displays, and should be much more visible  in sunlight.

Other Features

It will come with a 2nd gen 1 Ghz Snapdragon (same one as in Desire HD), 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal storage, and runs Android 2.3.3. It will have a 5 MP camera that shoots VGA video at 24 fps, and also a VGA front-camera. The display is 3.8″ with a resolution of 800×480. It also comes with DLNA, which a lot of phones seem to have these days, for wirelessly pushing media to your TV or other devices (like Apple’s Airplay, but it works with all DLNA-enabled devices not just Apple’s devices). Last but not least, it has a 1500 mAh battery, which is quite large, and it also has a new power management solution that can save up to 20-30% energy when idle.

The LG Optimus Sol is looking to be a pretty solid 1 Ghz phone, and it’s going to be priced mid-range, around 300 euro in Europe. It’s set to arrive in mid-September in Europe, and later in Central and South Americas.

LG Optimus Sol