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LG Optimus GT540: Android for cheap




LG Philippines will launch its very own Android phone this July. Called the LG Optimus GT540 (also known as LG Swift elsewhere), it will probably take the crown as the cheapest Android smartphone in town.

Announced back in January 2010, the LG Optimus will hit store shelves in the 4th week of July.

LG Optimus GT540 specs:
3.0″ screen @ 320×480 pixels
130MB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
3G/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.1
3.15MP camera
FM Radio w/ RDS
GPS w/ aGPS support
Android 1.6
Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

No word what type or speed of processor its got but I assume it’s nothing near the 1-gigahertz mark (could be somewhere in the 500-600MHz but we’ll know once I get a sample unit).

The Optimus will have a suggested retail price of under Php14k when it hits the stores by end of the month, effectively making it the cheapest (SRP-wise) among the entry-level Android smartphones (going head to head with the likes of Samsung Spica and HTC Tattoo).

Update: SRP has been put on hold but company sources puts it under Php14k.



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

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42 Responses

  1. jam. says:

    will there be a 2.1 or 2.2 update for that?

  2. nintify says:

    @abeolandres the specs didn’t mention the processor speed…that should seal the deal..weird..

  3. drichhhh says:

    @abeolandres isn’t samsung galaxy i5700 same?

  4. Diego says:

    the question is, will it have froyo?

  5. mike says:

    still expensive when you can have a dual sim windows phone for only 9000 pesos

    I will buy one of these when they sell it for 9000 pesos

  6. Teknisyan says:

    Android 1.6 is an old ver of Android.. not even the 2.1. I don’t think this model can handle Froyo. But for 13K, this can be a good catch for people who wants to have an Android phone.

  7. kritiker19 says:

    Based on the specs, http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_gt540_optimus-3081.php , Spica still wins.

    Why? spica has a capacitative screen, 16M color and eclair (2.1)

    optimus has resistive, 65k effective color and donuct(1.6)

    so, by rank for midrange android. Spica then optimus then last is tattoo.

  8. The rumor is that an upgrade to 2.1 will be out by August or September.

    Specs wise, the Spica looks better.

  9. manong says:

    this will win in pogi or ganda points however…

    though i dont understand y it doesnt have front facing camera, haven’t they seen apple boasting that “old” feature?

    still waiting for the below 15k “perfect” android phone…

  10. lawrence says:

    @ manong

    u can check the upcoming x8 of sony ericsson which should come with a pricetag of 11k++.. basically same midrange specs kaso no AF for camera. same 1.6 version but should be upgradeable to 2.1 once SE starts rolling updates for all of its android xperia line-ups (q3 of this yr).

    BTW, I think I’ve read somewhere in GSMarena that this phone will have a 2.1 update by the end of the year.

  11. KennyV says:

    Cool phone, but at the price range of 13-14k i think the BB curve would be a better buy. But that’s just me.

  12. manong says:

    @lawrence

    same banana though… actually my below 15k perfect android smartphone should be:

    – w/ front facing camera
    – at least 5mp af w/ flash
    – vga 30fps video recording
    – at least 3.5″ capacitive lcd screen
    – at least 12mm thin
    – upgradeable android os
    – hsdpa/wi-fi/bluetooth/gps
    – microsd slot
    – fm radio

    sna by december meron na yan.. wish ko lng!

  13. Efren Sy says:

    Question: is the OS upgradeable to 2.1 or 2.2?

  14. nexusboy says:

    maybe its just me but using the term CHEAP means baduy or anything that is of lower quality and standard. hehehehe… but i’m sure this is meant as “the most affordable” android phone since the cheap-ness of it refers to the price and not on the quality (so to speak) :)

  15. lolipown says:

    @kritiker19
    lol resistive? Wow, that’s a major deal breaker.

  16. linalyn says:

    I was able to touch one. It’s resistive LCD screen is very impressive. Very quick response, I must say.

  17. dan treacy says:

    @lawrence, dude is that 11k for x8 an estimate :) cause im really looking forward on the x8 too. the x10mini is already at 15k

  18. manong says:

    @nexusboy

    kung ang kausap mo eh alabang girl, cheap ka pag ganyan cp mo pero kung tondo girl nman kausap mo sasabihin nun GSM yang cp mo…

    galing sa magnanakaw

    saka pag ganyan handle mo.. bwahaha!

  19. lawrence says:

    @ dan

    yeah estimate, computed sya from euro.. cguro kung plus tax, tataas ng kunti.. pero d nmn ganun kalaki..with that price range, its the most affordable xperia unit so far. google the price, I forgot the exact figures eh :)

  20. lawrence says:

    @manong

    prang wala pa atang unit na swak sa mga specs mo with that price range.. hehe.. medyo considered as high end na yan, ala galaxy S..

    kasi in order to keep the prices down, either a downgrade on the hardware (mostly camera or the screen) or software limitations.. nokia can match those specs kaso with symbian Os. hehe

  21. manong says:

    @lawrence

    kung kaya ng nokia, who can’t? remember.. android os is basically “free” (blame M$ and apple for the infringement kuno charges)

  22. lawrence says:

    @manong

    It’s really the thing that keeps me wondering.. since technically free ang android.. pero rare ang mga enrty level-to-midrange units na nakikita ko. and kung meron man, sobrang downgrade namn ang ginagawa sa hardware.

    maybe because sa android ecosystem, ang magdedefine talaga ng high-end status e ang hardware advantages.. pareho lang ang basic features ng OS e.. next na lng ung ability to be updated sa next software release (2.2,3.0.. etc..)

  23. nexusboy says:

    @manong i don’t get it. LOL

  24. greengem says:

    @jam – according to my source, there will be upgrade on Eclair

  25. RocketLog says:

    GSMArena says X8 is expected to hit the stores at EUR200. So thats roughly PhP12K+taxes. AND it’s not even released yet. Maybe next month pa yun lalabas. Who knows where the price for that thing would end up at.

  26. Adi says:

    I am having this phone and its 600mghz upgradable to version 2.1 eclair edition… very fast phone im very imprest. the cheapest android platform phone in the market. dont expect too much as it is the cheapest android phone in the market.. if you guys wants more morola droid is the best.

  27. Cel says:

    kelan po lalabas ang updated version nito? =)

  28. julius says:

    i got my gt540 3days ago….
    sabi upgradable daw ung OS from 1.6 to 2.1,,
    unfortunately dito sa pilipinas hindi pa available and upgrade ng OS…. asar,, haist…
    tumawag ako sa LG.. until this year wala pa!!! baka 3rdQuarter ng next year ang labas….

    nag research ako kung paano iupdate…
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=802895

    yan ang link basahin nyo…
    hindi ko sya na try sa phone ko kasi baka masira lang,,,

    good condition pa naman ung unit ko….

  29. brentkskie says:

    From LG Philippines, may update na po ang GT540 from 1.6 to 2.1 but, unfortunately for testing pa daw d2 kase madami pa daw bugs…

    as regards update from 2.1 to 2.2 froyo may update din daw sila by the first of second quarter of 2011 ang release maaari pa daw mapaaga ang release.

    • MEDS says:

      LG540 PO YUN CP KO HIRAP ME MAGDOWNLOAD KC DAW SA SETTTING TUTWING NAKA SET NAMAN AYAW MAG ACTIVE.SO CALL AKO SA SAMRT CUSTOMER PARA MAKAPAG DOWNLOAD,PERO SA PHONE DAW YUNG PROBLEM ANO PO BA TALAGA TAMANG SETTING .PLS HELP ME SALAMAT PO

  30. emy says:

    hi! selling mu LG GT540 for 8,000 only! :) contact me 09262878860

  31. axer says:

    Release n po 2.3.4 db??cnu po n ka try n mag update??

  32. rox says:

    im selling my LG gt540 android 2.1 (2nd Hand)
    feature:
    LG Optimus GT540 specs:
    3.0″ screen @ 320×480 pixels
    130MB internal storage
    up to 32GB via microSD
    3G/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
    WiFi 802.11 b/g
    Bluetooth 2.1
    3.15MP camera
    FM Radio w/ RDS
    GPS w/ aGPS support
    Android 1.6
    Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

    8K php txt 09493256697
    manila area Only

  33. wahahaha says:

    may mas mura pa ata jan.. chery mobile na android is 6k lng.. but poor cguro sa games hahaha.. un lng

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