Android Phones

LG shines a light – and specs – on Optimus One and Optimus Chic Android phones

September 14, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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LG has said it will be bullish on Android prospects, but the smartphone manufacturer was light on details when it first announced the Optimus One and Optimus Chic. LG provided a little more insight into its Android plans today, hosting a digital press conference that showed off what to expect from the Optimus One, Chic, and the company as a whole.

For starters, the Optimus name is not unique to Android. LG President and CEO Dr. Skott Ahn said that the company will apply the brand to multiple products of any platform. The next products to bear that name will be the Optimus One and Optimus Chic, two 3.2-inch HVGA devices that run Froyo. LG will begin shipping these phones to carriers next month, and it expects to ship 10 million devices as part of its efforts to become the leading Android manufacturer.

“Whether you are new to Android or an experienced user,” said Dr. Ahn, “LG will provide the optimum Android experience.”

OPTIMUS ONE, TWO STEP

The Optimus One and Chic are slated for release in Europe beginning in October 2010. The Asia/Pacific and Middle East/Africa regions will follow, but there’s no mention of when or if these devices will launch in the Americas.

Both phones come with a custom home screen that features 7 panels and a dock with 4 shortcuts. They also have shared specs of having Froyo (Android 2.2), 600 MHz processors, capacitive TFT touch screens, WiFi (802.11 b/g), FM radio, and pre-loaded with some of Google’s premiere applications; Google Maps Navigation, Goggles, Voice Actions, and Shopper.

OPTIMUS ONE

The Optimus One features a 3.0 megapixel camera with autofocus and face-tracking, 1500 mAh battery, 170 MB internal memory, and supports a microSD card up to 32 GB (2 GB included). A new app discovery tool called App Advisor will provide recommendations to new apps every 2 weeks, sorted by language and country, recommended via a third party.

OPTIMUS CHIC

The Optimus Chic is designed for the fashion conscious crowd and includes a sleek design available in two colors. The Chi has a 5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus, 1250 mAh battery, 150 MB internal memory, 32 GB external (2GB card included), and support for several codecs (including DivX and WMV). The Chic will be controllable from a desktop PC, have LG Air Sync to sync photos and other information to the cloud, and use DLNA media content sharing.

A line of accessories, including car kits and desktop cradles, will also be sold alongside both devices. Check below for a full list of specs.

OPTIMUS ONE

Type Full Touch Bar Type
RF band HSDPA 7.2
WCDMA : 900 / 2100
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dimension: L*W*D (mm) 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm
CPU 600 MHz
Weight with Batt. Standard (g) 129 g
Standard Battery 1500 mAh
Standby time, Max (hr) 700 hr (2G) / 550 hr (3G)
Talk Time (hr) 480 min (2G) / 450 min (3G)
Display External LCD (Pixel): 3.2″ HVGA (320 x 480)
Capacitive Touchscreen
Number of Color 256K
Vibration Alert Yes
SIM Toolkit Yes
GPRS / EDGE (Class) Yes (10) / Yes (10)
Android 2.2 (Froyo) Yes
SMS / EMS / MMS Yes / Yes / Yes
Video MMS Yes
E Mail Yes (IMAP4 / SMTP / POP3)
Predictive Text Input (T9) Yes
Instant Messaging Yes (Google Talk)
HTML (version) Yes (4.01)
Wi-Fi Yes (802.11 b/g)
Google Mobile Service Yes
Download / Save as Support Yes
USB / PC Sync Yes (2.0 Hi-Speed) / Yes
Scheduler / Alarm Yes / Yes
Phonebook (Number of Contacts) Yes (Practically Unlimited)
Wallpaper / Screensaver Yes / -
Picture / Ring Tone Downloading Yes / Yes
G Sensor Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass Yes
MIDI (poly) Yes (72)
Key Tone Effect Yes
Built-in Game (Number of Games) / JAVA Game (Data CD) Varies by Country
FM Radio Yes
Speaker Phone Yes
Audio Codec Yes (WMA, (e) AAC+ / WAV)
Video Codec Yes (H.263, H264, MP4, WMV, AVI, DivX / Xvid,)
Video Encoding Yes (H/264 / MPEG4: VGA 18fps)
Image / Video Capture Yes / Yes
Camera Yes (3.0MP, AF)
Internal Memory 170MB (User memory)
External Memory Yes (Micro SD: Up to 32GB support)
MP3 Yes
Voice Recording Yes
A-GPS Yes
Blue-Tooth (version) Yes (2.1+EDR)
Document Viewer Yes (PDF, DOC, PPT, XLS, GIF, JPG, TXT)
Battery Yes (Included)
EarPhone Yes (Included)
Packaging Yes (Included)
Manual Yes (Included)
CD Varies by Country
USB Cable Yes (Included)
Memory Card Yes (2GB Micro SD card included)
Memory Socket Yes
TA Yes (Included)
Cradle Yes (Optional)
B/T Headset Yes (Optional)
Carkit Yes (Optional)

OPTIMUS CHIC

Type Full Touch Bar Type
RF Band HSDPA 7.2 / HSUPA 2.0
UMTS: 900 / 2100
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dimension: L*W*D (mm) 112.5 × 57.9 × 12.9 mm
CPU 600 MHz
Weight with Batt. Standard (g) 132 g
Standard Battery 1250 mAh (Li-polymer)
Standby Time, Max (hr) 450 hr@ PP5 (2G) / 450 hr@ DRX8 (3G)
Talk Time (hr) 300 min@ PL7 (2G) / 330 min@ 10 dBm (3G)
Display External LCD (Pixel): 3.2″ HVGA (320 x 480)
Capacitive Touchscreen
Number of Color 262K, TFT Touch Screen
Vibration Alert Yes
SIM Toolkit Yes
Data / Fax Yes / NA
GPRS / EDGE (Class) Yes (12) / Yes (12)
Android 2.2 (Froyo) Yes
SMS / EMS / MMS Yes /Yes /Yes
Video MMS Yes
E Mail Yes (IMAP4 / SMTP / POP3)
Predictive Text Input (T9) Yes
Instant Messaging Yes Google Talk
WAP (version) NA
Wi-Fi Yes (802.11 b/g)
Google Mobile Service Yes
Download / Save as Support Yes
USB / PC Sync Yes (2.0) / Yes
Scheduler / Alarm Yes / Yes
Phonebook (Number of Contacts) Yes (Practically Unlimited)
Wallpaper / Screensaver Yes / -
Picture / Ring Tone Downloading Yes / Yes
DLNA Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Digital Compass Yes
Java (version) NA
MIDI (poly) Yes (72)
Key Tone Effect Yes
Built-in Game (Number of Games) / JAVA Game(Data CD) Yes (TBD)
FM Radio Yes
Speaker Phone Yes
Equalizer NA
Audio Codec Yes (MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC, AMR-NB, WMA)
Video Codec Yes (H.263, H264, MP4, WMV, DivX)
Video Encoding Yes 30fps@ VGA (MPEG-4 / H.263)
Image / Video Capture Yes /Yes
Camera Yes (5.0MP, AF)
Internal Memory 150MB (User memory)
External Memory Yes (MicroSD Up to 32GB)
MP3 Yes
Polyphonic Yes (72Poly, MP3 Ringtone)
Voice Recording Yes
A-GPS Yes
Blue-Tooth (version) Yes (2.1+EDR)
Document Viewer Yes (PDF, DOC, PPT, XLS, GIF, JPG, TXT)
Battery Yes (Included)
EarPhone Yes (Included)
Packaging Yes (Included)
Manual Yes (Included)
USB Cable Yes (Included)
Memory Card Yes (Included, 2GB Micro-SD)
TA Yes (Included)
B/T Headset Yes (Optional)