LG Optimus Black lands; priced at Php19,990

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.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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99 Responses

  1. Marvin says:

    OMG. only 20k???? sweet price for a great phone. with the size+nova display(to w/c many reviewers claim that it is better than super amoled found on the nexus S) + thinness +unique gestures. the price is definitely worth it. i might consider buying this instead of a tab.

  2. tonio says:

    hardware looks really nice for 20k especially the 4inch screen. only downside is it runs on android 2.2 (who knows when they will release the upgrade for this???). if it can run cyanogen then this will be great deal.

  3. sylv3rblade says:

    Looks like I just found my birthday gift.

  4. Ernest says:

    Been waiting for Optimus Black to come here in the Philippines. i thought we are going to be left out again. :)
    Nova display here i come!!!

  5. Paul says:

    Ive been waiting for this phone. This one has Wifi direct for file transfer. it may not have dual core but hey the price is awesome. The nearest priced phone is the Desire S which sells for 21k. The Black has better specs, bigger internal memory of 2Gb compared to 1.1Gb, definitely the black has a better screen, the desire s has only slcd. It has a 2mp front facing cam, the desire s has a vga only. but RAM wise it loses with only 512mb
    OS wise yes it only has 2.2 but there is already a plan for its 2.3 upgrade. really cool deal.

  6. Messie says:

    The direct competitor of Optimus Black is definitely the Samsung Galaxy SL. In terms of price and specs, they are almost the same. The difference I guess will lie on the screen.

    • redclimax says:

      Galaxy Sl? No Camera Flash, I’ll go for Optimus Black..^^

    • michael says:

      Optimus black has better features IMO. It has gestures control. It has wifi direct, better screen and a better camera.i would 100% get this than SGS1. and its thinner too..

    • sylv3rblade says:

      One more point for LG is it’s vanilla android. No TouchWiz!

    • Messie says:

      I believe LG is using it’s own UI which IMO, looks aweful. Although yeah, di rin talaga kagandahan ang Touchwiz. =P

  7. Calvin says:

    Even if the arc and S2 have thinner measurement,pag nilapat mo silang tatlo sa mesa lumalabas mas manipis ang optimus black.

  8. Furby says:

    For some reason, i find android phones ugly.

    • ee says:

      Nobody asked you if they are ulgy! Troll!

    • Wakocoke says:

      i feel sorry for your taste

    • What’s you’re OS of choice then, symbian? :)

    • Casey says:

      Hey, Nokia will never fail you when it comes to functionality. May point din nman na halos lahat ng Filipino nakaSymbian. Hndi na lang natin pwedeng basta basta pintasan kasi dun din tayo nangggaling. :)) and besides, iddevelop pa rin nman siya eh

  9. daniel says:

    and to tell you… samsung galaxy SL has super LCD and 2005 dated GPU and less ram. id definitely go for Optimus black…. ALL LATEST :D

  10. gary says:

    decent phone. but LG brand cant compete with other name brands like Apple & Blackberry in smartphone arena. so sorry, but let’s face the relaity.

    • michael says:

      what? blackberry?
      apple pwede pa pero blackberry?

      blackberry uses old software and hardware, we all know that. kaya nga ang lakas ng pagbaba bigla ng sales and market share nila last year, nagpapanic na ang RIM.
      i think it is blackberry who is striving very hard to compete with android OEMs like LG, samsung, htc etc. not the other way around,

    • al says:

      i think this person refers to common people whos not into specs and not reading techblogs like yugatech and most people if not all are like them. blackberry is still on top when it comes to brand recognition, samsung and lg havent nailed it yet in my opinion. Trust me ive had several high end phones and most people would only recognize an iphone or a blackberry

    • Marvin says:

      i agree. most pinoys tend to go with the brand name instead of knowing the specs, the software and hardware part of the phone. i hate that the PH is stuck with nokia’s symbian w/c is really outdated and slow. heck, BB doesnt even have a good ecosystem. they don’t even have good apps on their own apps store.
      natatawa nga ako bat ang taas ng tingin ng mga pinoy sa BB. oh well…

    • al says:

      I guess its because blackberry started as a corporate brand synonymous to expensive, unlike lg samsung and nokia who started with feature/dumb phones or budget phones. I started with blackberry with that mindset then realized that it wasn’t keeping up with my needs so i moved to iphone then started reading blogs so i tried android and loving it. Also most people are not into apps or mobile browsing they buy phone for texting/calling needs so a blackberry would be first in mind for the keyboard specially now that bbm is starting to boom here in the philippines

    • Wakocoke says:

      do you live under a rock? android is on its verge of conquering the smartphone market!

  11. wreek888 says:

    GalaxySL is 16k and has 4gb internal memory. 5mp auto focus.

    • Marvin says:

      wala namang special sa galaxy SL. di bale sana kung super amoled ang screen pero hindi naman. wala ngang flash ang galaxy sL. mas maganda po camera ng optimus black. kahit sa video may continous auto focus.

  12. csseyah says:

    sa wakas nakita ko na rin ang bibilhin kong android phone…

  13. jp says:

    mas magiging mura pa yan kung sa CMK :D

    sana mura lang din ang Xperia Neo

  14. Phia Villanueva says:

    Of all the android phones that are out in the market today, this one really got my attention. Aside from the specs, it’s design looks so simple which i preferred.

  15. Mikhail says:

    Wow! Didn’t expect the price will be that low. People should buy this one instead of Desire S, even Nexus S. No Gingerbread no problem, XDA is there anyway. And don’t even think about BlackBerry (sigh).

  16. Gams says:

    LG phones? I regret to have own one.

    • al says:

      which cheap lg phone do have? i dont think they hav any pricy phone execpt for the new ones that are coming, dont expect too much. you get what you paid for

    • Marvin says:

      lucky me! i don;t regret one. im really happy w/ my purchase of optimus one. now i think im ready to do an upgrade. prolly, it will be optimus black.

  17. amao10 says:

    may white version kaya ito??

    • Arc says:

      Meron, optimus white. Hehe

      Kidding aside, alam ko may iba pang kulay ito. Yung sa likod nya. I think may white at pink din

  18. Arc says:

    Magmura ka na xperia arc! Mahiya ka naman, mga kaparehas mong phones less than 20k lang. Feeling ka.

  19. Night says:

    This is a very good phone for its price. The UI needs improvement though. I think it looks ugly and dated.

    • 2toyzki says:

      ako nagsabi sa gsma hehe! Honestly nagulat talaga ko sa price tag nito, kala ko hindi ako makakabili ng high end phone pero mlamang mabili ko ito :D

  20. vince says:

    No Gorilla Glass… Sigh…

  21. vince says:

    No Gorilla Glass display… Sigh…

    • GORI says:

      IMO, hindi naman mahalaga ang gorilla glass kase kht gorilla o godzilla glass pa yan, lalagyan at lalagyan pa rin ng screen protector.

    • jaiconruedas says:

      oh no…i have mid range phone, galaxy ace which fortunately has GORILLA glass, di ako gumagamit ng screen protector,,,kasi its glass is enough na..

  22. florencia says:

    wow. ang mura naman for that price. is there a catch? haha. but it’s LG. is it worth it? I’ve never tried LG before kasi.

  23. Mayapot says:

    I wanna have this phone..

  24. ain says:

    Does this support Flash 10.1?
    For Facebook games..:)

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  26. d0t says:

    Unfortunately, Engadget gave it a poor review. Sluggish performance, poor battery life, unresponsive touchscreen.


  27. d0t says:

    Unfortunately, Engadget gave it a poor review. Sluggish performance, poor battery life, unresponsive touchscreen. (Seen Engadget review, can’t post the direct link since it is spam daw)

  28. mei says:

    wala parin sya until now.. :(

  29. mei says:

    Any one of you guys know when it will be available on LG stores??

    please i badly want this phone..

  30. this phone is really great and very thin. I saw it on sm north edsa yesterday.

  31. Alexis says:

    Saw it too, the dummy i mean. Can’t they have an actual phone, running the OS, the apps, etc.? I must say that design-wise it looks kinda cheap.

  32. yohann says:

    Yes, it is equipped with Gorilla Glass.
    @jaiconruedas walang binatbat ang samsung ace mo dito, ni flash player wala ang ace ni hindi ka din mkalaro ng hd games. wahahaha

  33. ajcantonio says:

    optimus black user here since july 23. got mine for a little over the srp (deferred) pero it’s worth every centavo. first android phone ko ito. well, coming from symbian and ios phones, in my opinion, panalo imho… it’s processing speed is fast enough for me. maganda display, it has gorilla glass (no immediate need for screen protectors), manipis at sleek ang kaha. the features are more than enough for me. i just hope magkaroon na ng gingerbread update ito asap para mas exciting…

  34. babybob says:

    just want to ask meron bang free download application ang lg? plan to buy this phone.. thanks

  35. babybob says:

    is the price in the market now is still the same? and i’m wondering if there is a site were you can download a free application. thanks.. this would be helpful because i’m still can’t make up my mind if i’m going to buy lg optimus black or the galaxy s2 which is a bit expensive. thanks

  36. hayme says:

    hi there.if you’re asking for the applications you can download it from the android market which is available in every android phones. :)

  37. jesse says:

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

  38. 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!

  39. mis says:

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

  40. Joel says:

    San pong mall makakabili ng LG optimus Black?

  41. andrew says:

    upgradable kaya to hanngang honeycomb 3.0???

  42. cham says:

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

  43. 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.

  44. sarj says:

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

    • 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

  45. 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. =(

  46. dhang says:

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

  47. 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.

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