LG Optimus Black Made Official, Steals iPhone 4′s ‘Thinnest Smartphone’ Crown

If you’re interested in cars, you may be familiar with the various Mercedes AMG Black Series models. These incredible machines have masses of power, aggressive-but-sexy styling, limited-run exclusivity and spec-lists to die for; meaning if you’re into driving, you’ll no doubt long to have one sitting on your driveway.

While LG probably can’t be considered the Mercedes of the mobile phone world, its newly unveiled Optimus Black smartphone does happen to share one or two similarities with its AMG-tuned namesake. LG took the wrapper off the Black at CES yesterday, and we think once you hear about it, you may want one in your pocket!

Like the AMG cars, the Optimus Black looks superb and has usurped the 9.3mm thick iPhone 4 as the thinnest smartphone, measuring 9.2mm at its thickest point, and just 6mm at its thinnest! The spec-list is looking great too, as the Black introduces a new type of screen technology.

Readers may recall seeing the Optimus Black under the codename of the LG B, and wondering whether the leaked picture of the phone with a super-bright display was real; well, it looks like it was! Called a NOVA display, LG says it has a brightness level of 700 nits – compared to 300 for the Galaxy S and 500 for the iPhone 4 - making it very clear and highly readable. The 4″ NOVA screen gives excellent definition, that high level of brightness plus pure whites and inky blacks, all while pulling 50% less power than a regular LCD. It also uses IPS technology – just like the iPhone 4 – and has a resolution of 800 x 480.

The Optimus Black will use Android 2.2 when it’s released, but LG says an upgrade to Android 2.3 will soon follow. Other features include Wi-Fi Direct data transfer, a 1500mAh battery, their own Optimus UI 2.0 overlay and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Inside is a 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor and 2GB of memory.

An exact release date hasn’t been given yet, but LG revealed the Optimus Black will roll-out globally during the first half of the year. So, good looks, a great spec and genuine desirability – things are looking good for LG this year!

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