Banking on better multimedia, gaming, and power management support in Android 2.3 Gingerbread, LG Electronics last Friday introduced two smartphones under its Optimus series: the LG Optimus Pro (LG-C660) and the LG Optimus Net (LG-P690). The two Android phones combine features targetting the social networking and communication segment.

LG expects to release the two phones first in Europe some time this summer and to other markets thereafter. No pricing details have been revealed yet.

The LG Optimus Pro, LG’s first Android phone with a portrait QWERTY keyboard, carries a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a physical keyboard. LG assures that the physical keyboard has been ergonomically designed to ensure fast, accurate, and convenient access to phone features. The keyboard has dedicated hotkeys for email and scheduler. According to LG, the LG Optimus Pro will come in three colors: white, titanium, and black.

The LG Optimus Net has been touted as the “next generation of social communication” because of the LG Social+ widget serving as a one-stop portal to popular social networking services. Simultaneous status updates and photo sharing to multiple social network accounts is possible with this integrated social networking widget, according to LG. The smartphone carries a 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480) touchscreen.

LG also announced the possibility of LG Optimus Net variants depending on region. Some European variants will have Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. The variant heading for North America will have a full QWERTY keyboard. A dual-SIM-compatible variant is intended for Brazil, China, Asia, and the CIS.

Both Android phones have a 1500-mAh battery, an 800-MHz processor, and the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

What might be a comfortable price range for these Android phones from LG?