LG Optimus Net Android NFC phone
Meet the LG Optimus Net NFC phone that was announced by LG Electronics earlier today. So, LG Optimus Net NFC phone LG went and finally got itself an NFC Android NFC phone that doesn’t look like it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on its way down. The LG Optimus Net NFC phone is the first Android set that the company has produced and is a aimed at a budget conscience market with specifications that match. When you consider you can pick up an invariably more powerful Nexus S for $99 these days, we imagine the LG Optimus Net NFC phone is destined to be free or better when it comes with a two year binding contract. LG also announced its Optimus Pro, which doesn’t have NFC. Despite its Pro name, it has lower specifications than the LG Optimus Net Android NFC phone.
The LG Optimus Net will be available as an NFC phone in some markets
LG Optimus Net NFC phone features
Specifications for the LG Optimus Net NFC phone are a little light on the ground at the moment, but we will give you what we have. The LG Optimus Net is a phone aimed with social networking in mind. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) so it will be able to handle most things you chuck at it. However, the company foresees the little handset being used socially and so have included a feature called LG Social+ (Google+, LG Social+ – coincidence or trendy new name we may see in lots of cheap electronics that refer to social networking?). The LG Optimus Net is said to combine the most popular social networking portals in one convenient widget right on the home screen. With a single click, users can multitask between updating their status on Facebook and Twitter while reading their friends’ social media feeds on the same screen. One-click photo sharing with multiple social media accounts from the home screen is integrated in to its LG Optimus Net NFC phone social widget
, so quick access is the order of the day for Tweeters and Facebookers. The LG SmartShare function allows easy sharing of content with other DLNA-friendly devices. DLNA
is a standard put together by DLNA.org that allows consumer electronics to talk to each other. For example, allowing you to show photographs from your laptop on your TV.
The LG Optimus Net has a dinky screen, weighing in at just 3.2 inches but the HVGA (320 x 480) display is said to be sharp. The processor, a single core 800 MHz, is a little dated but should work fine for casual users. The NFC phone will also come in black and LG Optimus Net NFC phone white variations. That’s it for general specifications for now. After that, LG lets us know that other specifications will vary market by market. In Europe, some of the LG Optimus Net variants will be NFC phones and some with no specifics on which market gets what. Here in North America, the NFC phone is due to have a LG Optimus Net NFC phone qwerty keyboard, and in Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS region the LG Optimus Net will be dual SIM compatible.
As mentioned, the LG Optimus Net NFC phone comes in black of white color options.
The big questions left unanswered about the LG Optimus Net NFC phone announcement
Okay, we will start with the big one. At the moment, we have no idea whether or not the NFC NFC phone variant of the phone will ship with an embedded secure element. In the press release below, it says that the phone is intended for NFC mobile payments, but that could mean that it still has to rely on an NFC SIM card to store banking and card details on. With the LG sharing feature, we see that content sharing is built in but at this time have no idea if the phone comes with a camera and if so any specifications on it whatsoever. RAM? Unknown. Internal storage? We don’t have the foggiest. We also do not know about the radios that will be housed inside the phone for each market, or the connectors or exterior memory slots. LG Optimus Net NFC phone Pricing also hasn’t been disclosed, but we do know that it is set to be launched this summer and will first appear in Europe and 30 other markets. Come on LG, give us a little more information about the LG Optimus Net NFC phone, will you?
LG Optimus Net NFC phone press release
Seoul, July 15, 2011 -– LG Electronics (LG) today introduced two additions to the LG Optimus Series of smartphones — the LG Optimus Pro (LG-C660) and the LG Optimus Net (LG-P690) running on the latest Android 2.3 platform. Known as “Gingerbread,” version 2.3 of Google’s Android mobile operating system offers enhanced multimedia support, enhanced power management and better gaming support.
“Today’s customers want genuine choice, phones with a different mix of features and technology for different segments of the market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “And that’s precisely what we’ve done with Optimus Pro and Optimus Net, two completely new devices which enhance LG’s reputation as the company with an Android smartphone suitable for everyone.”
LG OPTIMUS PRO — Simple Social Networking with Both QWERTY and Touch
The first LG Optimus smartphone with a portrait bar QWERTY keyboard, the LG Optimus Pro offers the best of both a physical keyboard and touch display. The 2.8-inch display provides quick navigation while the QWERTY keyboard is ergonomically designed for fast and accurate typing. Dedicated hotkeys for email and scheduler enable instant access for enhanced speed and convenience. Optimus Pro will be available in white, titan, as well as black.
LG OPTIMUS NET — The Next Generation of Social Communication
Featuring LG Social+™, the Optimus Net combines the most popular social networking portals in one convenient widget right on the homescreen. With a single click, users can multitask between updating their status on Facebook and Twitter while reading their friends’ social media feeds on the same screen. The integrated social widget provides one-click photo sharing with multiple social media accounts from the home screen. In addition, the 3.2 HVGA (320 x 480) display delivers clearer, sharper viewing of multimedia content while the LG SmartShare™ function allows easy sharing of content with other DLNA-friendly devices.
Specifications for the Optimus Net will vary market by market. Depending on the carrier, some of the phones in Europe will be Near Field Communication (NFC) capable for mobile payments. The North American version will include a QWERTY keyboard and in Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS region, the Optimus Net will be dual SIMcompatible. The phone will be available in white, as well as black.
Both the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net boast the largest 1500mAh battery in their class and an 800 MHz CPU, ensuring longer, better performance.
The two smartphones will be available starting this summer, rolling out in 30 markets beginning in Europe.
LG Optimus Net NFC phone