Earlier today we attended the LG Optimus Black and Optimus ME launch event in Taipei, Taiwan and we know for certain that the Optimus Black will arrive in Singapore shortly, supposedly before the end of this month. Neither handset is a high-end model, although the Optimus Black is definitely an upper tier handset whereas the Optimus ME is a budget model.
First up we have the Optimus Black which is sadly running last year's high-end processor with a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 at its core and although this is a commonly used SoC in many Smartphones in the market today, it's getting a little bit long in the tooth. It's by no means bad by today's standards, but it will be far from cutting edge in six months' time, let alone a year from now. At least Optimus Black has 2GB of built in eMMC storage memory as well as 512MB of RAM which should keep it going for a while.
The big selling point of the Optimus Black is its 4-inch 800×480 WVGA Nova IPS LCD screen which LG claims has a brightness of 700 nits which compares very well compared to every other phone in the market. For example the iPhone 4 has a screen brightness of 518 nits while Google's Nexus One only musters 229 nits. A brighter screen usually means a higher drain on the battery, but LG claims that its Nova IPS screens actually use less power than any other similar mobile device screen in the market today and as such promises longer battery life than its competitors. The screen is also said to have much better viewing angles and should be easier to read in bright sunlight.
Another noteworthy feature is Wi-Fi Direct support and for those of you that aren't familiar with it, Wi-Fi Direct enables you to connect to other Wi-Fi Direct devices in peer to peer networks without the need of a Wi-Fi access point or router. This means that you can transfer files and data at rates of up to as fast as your Wi-Fi connection allows you and some Wi-Fi cards in notebooks and desktop already supports Wi-Fi Direct via a simple driver upgrade. To put things simply, Wi-Fi Direct is a Bluetooth 3.0 killer.
Other features include a rear mounted 5 Megapixel camera which will shoot video at 720p, a front mounted 2 Megapixel camera, DLNA support via LG's SmartShare, native DivX, Xvid video playback, a microSD card slot, 7.2Mbit/s HSDPA and 5.76Mbit/s HSUPA (on the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, aGPS, FM radio with RDS, a micro USB 2.0 port, Dolby Mobile audio, a 1,500mAh battery and sadly Android 2.2, although it's meant to get upgraded to 2.3 at a later point in time. The Optimus Black measures 122z64x9.2mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at 109. It will be available with a black, pink or a white back (as per our pictures) and it will retail for NT$15,990 (S$682) in Taiwan without a contract.