LG’s Optimus One family of affordable and successful Android smartphones gained its newest member Monday morning as MetroPCS announced the upcoming availability of the LG Optimus M. When it launches later this month, the Optimus M will be MetroPCS’ first Android smartphone. As with all MetroPCS offerings, customers will not be required to sign a contract when they purchase the Optimus M, and plans start at $50 per month for unlimited calling, SMS, MMS, email, Web browsing, GPS navigation and more. The Optimus M features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 2.2 and a “high-end champagne finish.” It will be available on November 24th for $229. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
LG announced Tuesday that sales of its entry level Optimus One smartphone hit 1 million units within the first 40 days of availability. The LG Optimus One is an affordable smartphone powered by version 2.2 of Google’s popular Android operating system. With the device, LG shows us once again that there is still very high demand for capable devices that are also affordable. While the bulk of sales likely fell outside of the U.S., the Optimus One is currently available from Sprint, branded as the Optimus S, and T-Mobile, branded as the Optimus T. Verizon Wireless will soon become the third major U.S. carrier to launch the device, branded as the Vortex, on November 18th. LG’s Optimus One features a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, a 600MHz processor, a 3-megapixel camera, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and microSDHC support. More →
We’ve just been dropped some intel from a new source that we thought we would share. Our source details three new handsets that U.S. wireless carrier Sprint will detail today at CTIA in San Francisco: the Samsung Transform, the Sanyo/Kyocera Zio, and the LG Optimus S.
The Samsung Transform will have a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display (not Super AMOLED), 800 MHz processor, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED-flash, EV-DO Rev. A and Android 2.1. We’re told the device will be upgraded to Android 2.2 shortly after launch. The phone is set to launch on 10/10/10 for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. We saw the user guide for this device leak yesterday, so no real shock here.
The second device is the Sanyo/Kyocera Zio. The Zio sports a 3.5-inch HVGA full-touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, and Android 2.1. Like the Transform, the Zio will be upgraded to Android 2.2 shortly after launch. The device will retail for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and will be available on 10/10/10.
The third and final phone is the LG Optimus S. The Optimus S will have a 600 MHz processor, 3.2-inch full-touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, and will ship with Android 2.2. The device, which our source says feels great in the hand, will retail for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate; also e available on 10/31/10.
All three devices will support Sprint’s mobile hotspot feature for up to five devices; the Optimus S will support this at launch, the Zio and Transform will support mobile hotspot creation once upgraded to Android 2.2. We’re also told that all three devices will run the the Sprint ID service we heard a little bit about yesterday.
Anything in this potpourri of devices pique your interest?