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LG Showcases Optimus Black Smartphone At CES 2011

LG has announced a new smartphone at CES 2011, the Optimus Black, which looks tantalisingly like the Apple iPhone 4 with its rounded ends and black finish and measures just 9.2mm slim.

But LG goes further and, taking a leaf out of the MacBook Air, added a tapered edge to the Optimus Black that is just 58mm thick.

The Korean manufacturer says that the 4-inch NOVA display that equips the phone is the world's brightest display at 700 nit compared to the 450 nit a normal screen would produce and it consumes 15 per cent less power.

The phone will come with a 1500mAh battery, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a rear camera with full HD recording capabilities; it will be available in the first half of 2011 globally.

As expected, this handset will be powered by Android, version 2.2 in this case, with LG Optimus UI 2.0 on top. A Gingerbread update is expected in 2011 although Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, did not say when.