CES: LG Optimus Black and 2X hands-on

CES: LG Optimus Black and 2X hands-on

Summary: ZDNet UK took the opportunity to get a quick hands-on with the hottest new handsets in LG's current line-up, the Optimus Black and the Optimus X2


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  • LG Optimus Black phone front

    The recently revealed LG Optimus Black and the LG Optimus 2X, which houses the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, are Korean company LG's latest Android handsets looking to take on the likes of Motorola and HTC.

    In addition to being the world's slimmest smartphone, edging out the iPhone 4 by 0.1mm, the Optimus Black (pictured) includes a new type of super-bright display, which LG calls Nova.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

  • LG Optimus Black phone front 2

    The Optimus Black runs Android 2.2, which the company says can be upgraded to Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, in the future. The device runs a custom user interface known as the Optimus UI 2.0 on top of the Android OS.

    The Optimus Black also supports advanced gesture controls. Holding down a button on the side of the handset allows you to scroll vertically or horizontally through photos by moving the handset in either direction. Tapping the side of the device will also move along to the next picture.

    The picture above shows the customised music player, accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

  • LG Optimus Black phone back

    On the rear, the Optimus Black packs a 5-megapixel camera with flash. On the front, it houses a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for high-resolution video calling.

    It comes in three colours: black, black and white, and silver.

    LG has not released pricing details, but it has said that it aims to launch the handset globally by the middle of 2011.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

Topics: CES, Mobility, Smartphones

Ben Woods

About Ben Woods

With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

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