According to an image from Android Central, the SprintID application that is used on several of Sprint’s Android devices to customize the user interface has accidentally leaked a number of unannounced Sprint phones. The models include the LG Optimus B — assumed to be the Optimus Black — the LG Q, the Motorola Sunfire, and the Samsung Chief. It’s unclear what the LG Q or the Samsung Chief phones are, although we suspect the Chief could be a codename for a possible Galaxy S II launch in the United States or for the recently leaked Samsung Conquer. It’s also likely that the Sunfire is the Motorola Photon 4G, given that Sprint just held a joint event with Motorola in NYC and a launch in the coming weeks would make sense. Hopefully we’ll find out more about these phones this summer. More →
LG has confirmed with Pocket-Lint that the Optimus Black — announced during CES as “the world’s thinnest smartphone”– will make its debut in the UK next week. Carrier partners are currently unknown, but this is definitely a device worth getting excited about. It packs LG’s colorful and crisp 4-inch NOVA display with 700 nits of brightness, a 5-megapixel camera, and a secondary front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat. The Optimus Black is powered by a 1GHz processor, which is a bit slower than the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip in the LG G2x, but its thin design should be a fair tradeoff. The Optimus Black will run Android 2.2 when it launches, but LG has confirmed that the phone will be upgraded to Gingerbread in the future. More →
LG struggled in 2010, but it’s slowly righting the ship in 2011. The firm reported its Q1 2011 earnings on Wednesday, and its operating profit of 131 billion won was the first positive return in the past three quarters. LG attributed the change to successful cost-reduction efforts and steady performance across all four of its businesses. The firm reported 13.2 trillion won in revenues, a 0.4% decline year-over-year. Its LG’s mobile communications business posted a loss of 101 billion won, an improvement over the 261 billion won loss the firm noted during the same period in 2010. Handset sales were down 9.2 percent year-over-year and 14.3 percent quarter-over-quarter, and the firm said it shipped 24.5 million phones, a 10% drop year-over-year and a 20% decline quarter-over-quarter. LG hopes the launch of its Optimus Black and Optimus 3D handsets will improve those figures during Q2. Despite shipping more televisions in Q1, the world’s second largest TV manufacturer attributed its 20.6% decline in home entertainment sales to slower demand and a decline in average selling price. LG’s home entertainment company posted an 82 billion won operating profit during the first quarter, which LG said was fueled by its line of 3D and Smart TVs, as well as cost cutting measure the company has taken. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
Last night, LG threw a laser-packed bash to welcome the addition of the Optimus Black and Optimus 2X to their stable of Android-powered handsets. While both devices were on display, the Optimus 2X was clearly the star of the show. Featuring an nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor running at 1GHz per core, the Optimus 2X is an incredibly powerful handset that, along with this year’s other Tegra-powered phones, will help to set a new standard for smartphone performance. The graphics on this thing were stunning, the screen is gorgeous, and the phone absolutely flies along. The handsets on display were running Froyo, but all of the display material noted that Gingerbread is all but a foregone conclusion as soon as it hits the streets. LG had 3 of these things hooked up to what looked like 42″ displays via the included HDMI output, and the gaming and graphics performance on the big screen was pretty incredible. No frame-rate issues, full HD display, and more. Really cool stuff.
The Optimus Black, on the other hand, is all about aesthetics. It was super responsive to be sure, but its 1GHz OMAP3630 processor paled in comparison to the Tegra. That said, it’s not as if the Optimus Black didn’t have its virtues. The device is super thin, is really well manufactured and designed, it definitely feels like more of a luxury/up-market device in hand. The Optimus Blacks were also running Froyo, but featured a new Wi-Fi direct feature that allows for long range peer-to-peer connections. The Optimus Black also has what is being touted as the “world’s first front-facing 2 megapixel camera” allowing for relatively passable shots from the forward camera, and definitely paving the way for a bit of a higher quality video chatting experience than we’ve come to expect from the mobile arena. Oh, and did we mention that LG brought lasers? Click on over to the respective galleries for more shots and some video from the event!