LG Optimus Black lands; priced at Php19,990

Aside from the Optimus 2X which was launched by LG yesterday, they also showed us the LG Optimus Black. This 4-inch, 1GHz Android smartphone will have a retail price only Php19,990.

The Optimus Black is among the thinnest we’ve seen lately (SE Xperia Arc comes in at 8.7mm and the Galaxy S2 is 8.5mm) at only 9.2mm — that’s still 0.1mm thinner than the iPhone4.

The Optimus Black will definitely go head to head with the likes of the Desire S, Galaxy SL and Xperia Arc.

LG Optimus Black P970
TI OMAP 3630 1.0GHz processor
4-inch Nova display @ 480×800 pixels
2 GB storage
512 MB RAM
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Direct
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
GPS w/ aGPS support
Stereo FM radio with RDS
5MP autofocus camera with LED flash
720p video recording
2MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
Optimus UI 2.0
Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradable to 2.3)

The Optimus Black is also the first smartphone I’ve tried that runs on a Texas Instrument processor (though only single-core compared to the dual core on the Optimus 2X). It’s Android 2.2 out of the box but LG says it will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 once the updates are out.

See video demo below:

The Optimus UI really reminded me of the TouchWiz UI from Samsung. The display screen is really bright and the colors are crisp and vivid (an indicator that their Nova display really shows what it claims to be).

The LG Optimus Black will be available in all LG Concept Stores starting next week with a suggested retail price of Php19,990.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

99 Responses

  1. Avatar for solidsnake solidsnake says:

    LG P970 v20e 1 month ko n nabili 2, bumaba na 12 thou bili ko para n rin i phone.android 2.3.4 n xa,upgrade n rin.

  2. Avatar for dhang dhang says:

    may bumili na ba nito via kimstore?
    okay ba quality, hindi ba fake or whatever like a china made phone?

  3. Avatar for dhang dhang says:

    guess SARJ both the BLACK online.
    best quality ba kapag online ka bumili?
    i usually buy phone on TELCO service providers.
    i wanted to buy also, but its too xpensive pa!
    guess i have to wait till next month or June. =(

  4. Avatar for sarj sarj says:

    hahah just got optimus black for only 11k.. yipee!! awesome phone!

    • Avatar for CH4M13 CH4M13 says:

      really? san k po nakabili? laqi kase out of stock dito sa place namen e. help me naman to find out kunq san my avail pa nq black? :) Thanks

  5. Avatar for asianobserver asianobserver says:

    I got mine 2 weeks ago at LG store in SM North Edsa Annex. You can get it at Php 15,490 for cash payment. The seller also gave me an extra Php 200 off. Great customer service.

  6. Avatar for cham cham says:

    san kaya avail pa ung optimus black? how much na kaya ngayon yan?

  7. Avatar for andrew andrew says:

    upgradable kaya to hanngang honeycomb 3.0???

  8. Avatar for Joel Joel says:

    San pong mall makakabili ng LG optimus Black?

  9. Avatar for mis mis says:

    Has LG already released the White version of LG Optimus Black here in the Phil? San po pde mkabili?

  10. Avatar for einna einna says:

    I am sooooo in love with this phone right now it hurts! Especially the price. I need to earn extra cash to buy this. Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhh! So frustrating!

  11. Avatar for jesse jesse says:

    I’m looking forward for the 2.3 update. *sighs* I’ve been desperately waiting!!!

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