LG Unveils Android-based Optimus One Smartphone

LG has launched an entry level Android handset called the Optimus One on Orange, Three, T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse; curiously enough both O2 and Vodafone have been left out.

The handset comes with an ARM-based SoC running at 600MHz, a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 3-megapixel camera (but no flash), a microSD card reader, a rather big 1500mAh plus a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

As expected, the phone comes with Froyo and LG has included an LG App Advisor which suggests 10 apps for the user to download every fortnight.

LG Mobile head of marketing Alex Windle said: “LG has proven successful in bringing affordable technology to the masses, as we did with Cookie, and we want to do the same with our Optimus smartphones.”

The Optimus One - which comes with Wi-Fi tethering capabilities - will go on sale from £20 per month. One can expect more Optimus handsets to be unveiled over the forthcoming months.

We're still waiting for LG to start shipping top of th range smartphones in 2010 since it hasn't come up with a suitable replacement for its Chocolate. The Optimus One is likely to replace the Optimus GT540 but will find life hard with the Orange San Francisco (AKA ZTE Blade).