LG Electronics today introduced two additions to the LG Optimus Series of smartphones -- the LG Optimus Pro (LG-C660) and the LG Optimus Net (LG-P690) running on the latest Android 2.3 platform.
Known as "Gingerbread," version 2.3 of Google's Android mobile operating system offers multimedia support, enhanced power management and better gaming support.
"Today's customers want genuine choice, phones with a different mix of features and technology for different segments of the market," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "And that's precisely what we've done with Optimus Pro and Optimus Net, two completely new devices which enhance LG?s reputation as the company with an Android smartphone suitable for everyone."
The first LG Optimus smartphone has a portrait bar QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8-inch touch display and dedicated hotkeys for email and scheduler. Optimus Pro will be available in white, titan, as well as black.
Featuring LG Social+, the Optimus Net combines the most popular social networking portals in one widget right on the homescreen. With a single click, users can multitask between updating their status on Facebook and Twitter while reading their friends' social media feeds on the same screen. The integrated social widget provides one-click photo sharing with multiple social media accounts from the home screen. The phone has a 3.2 HVGA (320 x 480) display and its LG SmartShare function allows easy sharing of content with other DLNA-friendly devices.
LG said that the specifications for the Optimus Net will vary market by market. Depending on the carrier, some of the phones in Europe will be Near Field Communication (NFC) capable for mobile payments. The North American version will include a QWERTY keyboard and in Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS region, the Optimus Net will be dual SIMcompatible. The phone will be available in white, as well as black.
Both the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net boast a 1500mAh battery and a 800 MHz CPU.
The two smartphones will be available starting this summer, rolling out in 30 markets beginning in Europe.