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LG Optimus Bright To Launch In December 2011?

A leaked roadmap from Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo leads us to believe that LG will launch a new smartphone by the year's end called the LG Optimus Bright.

The phone, known as the L-02D, will feature LG's biggest screen yet, a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, short of the pixel density required to be called a Retina Display.

The phone - which looks like the successor to the Optimus 2X - will come with 1GB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE/WCDMA and GSM and a tentative release date of December 2011.

Other yet to be confirmed features include an Nvidia Tegra 2 or 3 SoC, an eight megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one, a microSD card slot, Android Ice Cream Sandwich (highly likely) and a microSIM slot.

It is not known whether that Optimus Bright is an update from an existing NTT Docomo handset called the L-07C. The latter comes with a 4-inch WVGA IPS Nova capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

LG has been particularly quiet lately with no major mobile phone announcements even as its main competitors, Sony Ericsson, HTC and Samsung have released more than a dozen models between them. LG's top of the range handsets are the LG Optimus 2X and the Optimus 3D.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.