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CES 2011: LG Optimus Black Android smartphone debuts

CES 2011: LG Optimus Black Android smartphone debuts

LG has showcased a new Android powered super slim smartphone, amid a sea of rival devices making their debuts at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Measuring just 9.2mm thick, the Optimus Black is one of the sleekest Android smarties so far. Although, as pedants will no doubt be aware it’s not quite as slim as Samsung’s CES debutant the 9mm-thick Infuse 4G.

But that’s more than made up for by the four–inch Nova touchscreen that we’re told uses half the battery power of an AMOLED display of the same size. That might not sound like much of a selling point, but Galaxy S and HTC Desire HD owners who’ve been hit by their less-than-stellar battery life will beg to differ.

Elsewhere you get Android 2.2, AKA Froyo, out of the box, with an update to Gingerbread pencilled in sharpish, and a five-megapixel rearmounted snapper and two-megapixel front-facing number for video calling.

And finally, in the latest instance of phone makers’ push to distinguish their handsets from the competition, LG has installed a new UI that promises one-touch access to mails, messages and missed calls when the screen is locked.

The new interface also recognises a slew of extra commands, including shakes, lifts and taps.

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