LG announces top-end Android smartphones for India - Optimus 2X and Optimus Black

By Abhinav Lal | Published on 05 Apr 2011
LG announces top-end Android smartphones for India - Optimus 2X and Optimus Black

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LG has announced two new Optimus smartphones for India, destined to arrive very soon in the market. Both devices, LG Optimus 2X (left) and Optimus Black (right) were introduced early this year at CES 2011, and each is remarkable in its own way. For now, LG has only given approximate prices – the Optimus 2X will be retailing soon for around Rs. 30,000, while the Optimus Black, yet to release globally, will retail a little later for around Rs. 27,000.

The LG Optimus 2X (P990) when introduced was the world’s first dual-core smartphone, and though many more have been introduced since then, as it stands, the Optimus 2X will get the title “India’s first dual-core smartphone” as well. Bearing a 4-inch screen and a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, the Optimus 2X has 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, and an 8MP camera that is capable of 1080p HD video recording. The device has a gyroscope as well, for more gaming interfaces. Find more detailed specs in the comparative chart at the end of the article…

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The LG Optimus Black (P970) made waves when it was first introduced at CES 2011 with its ultra-slim form factor of just 9.2mm (slimming down to 6mm at its thinnest), as well as its 4-inch IPS LCD screen, that LG called the Nova display. The Nova display was so named because of its incredible brightness, rated at over 700 nits. Surprisingly, the super-bright screen also delivers a great battery life, twice as good as conventional AMOLED technology. It too has a 1GHz processor, though single core, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB internal storage. Apart from recording 720p HD video with its 5MP camera, it also has a 2MP front-facing camera for video calls.

Both phones will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo onboard, but are destined for Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates. In the press release, LG mentioned it would be launching 10 more Optimus models in the next six months - can't wait! Find comparative specifications below:

Optimus 2X

Optimus Black

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100


123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm

122 x 64 x 9.2 mm

139 g
109 g

4.0-inch, 480 x 800 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.0-inch, 480 x 800 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset

TI OMAP 3630 1 GHz processor


Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3

Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3


8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, video @ 1080p 24 fps or 720p 30 fps

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash


8GB onboard, expandable up to 40GB with microSD card

2GB onboard, expandable up to 34GB with microSD card


Up to 48 kbps


Up to 237 kbps


HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0,

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB 2.0,


Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support


Via third party application

Video support

DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV formats

MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WM formats

Audio support

MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC formats, 3.5mm jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, 7.1 channel sound

MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC formats, 3.5mm jack, stereo FM radio with RDS


Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh


Up to 400 h

Talk time

Up to 7 h 50 min

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