LG Unveils Optimus Smartphone Duo: Pro C660 & Net P690

LG Electronics has launched a pair of budget Android-based smartphones that will target the entry level of the market with prices likely to be under £200.

Surprisingly, even if they might seem underpowered, they will feature Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, which shows that LG, unlike one well known rival, has been able to utilise the limited hardware resources of the phone judiciously.

The Optimus Pro C660 features a 2.8-inch HVGA touchscreen with a 4:3 screen ratio and a four-row keyboard, not unlike the Motorola Pro and the HTC ChaCha.

LG opted for a 800MHz SoC with 512MB RAM, GPS, a three-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, a microSD card slot and a 1500mAh battery.

The Optimus Net P690 on the other hand is a straight forward replacement for the Optimus One. It doesn't have any keyboard but, like the C660, features both a 800MHz SoC and 512MB RAM, a three-megapixel camera, GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1500mAh battery and microUSB connector

Like the Optimus One that it replaces, it comes with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a HVGA resolution and LG has included a 2GB microSD card in the package.

The C660 will cost around 170 Euro while the P690 will carry a suggested retail price of 200 Euro, plus they will be running LG's own social-focus UI called LG Social.