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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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.