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 →
Today, via two separate press releases, Verizon announced the addition of the LG Vortex — a full-touchscreen, Android 2.2 smartphone — and the LG Cosmos — a full-QWERTY messaging phone — to its handset lineup.
The Vortex will boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with haptic feedback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 32GB card), SWYPE keyboard, 3G hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.2; the Vortex will also be Binged-out. The handset will be available, starting November 18th, for $79.99 with a 2-year agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The Cosmos will sport a 2.8-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, horizontal-slide-out QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, micro-SD card slot (with support for up to a 16GB card, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the ability to fill three different home screens with widgets. The device will be available beginning on November 18th for $49.99 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. More →
As Verizon Wireless continues to expand its Android lineup beyond DROID-branded devices, we’re seeing some nice inexpensive options from Big Red… and it doesn’t get any less expensive than free. We’ve known for some time that the LG Vortex — a CDMA version of the T-Mobile Optimus T — was on its way to to Verizon. Now, we have official confirmation of the Vortex’s imminent launch thanks to an appearance on the Verizon website above a “coming soon” label. What’s more, Engadget Mobile reports that the upcoming smartphone will be available for free on contract. It’s not clear if this is just promotional pricing for the holidays or if the Vortex will be free for good, but it’s definitely a solid deal on a perfectly capable Android Phone. The LG Vortex is an entry-level Android 2.2 device with a 600MHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 320 x 480-pixel touchscreen display.