LG Unveils The Optimus,

T-Mobile and LG have officially introduced the LG Optimus, an affordably priced and easy to use smartphone joining T-Mobile’s growing Android lineup. Equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera, a pre-installed 2 GB microSD card, 3.2 capacitive touchscreen, the LG is perfect for those making the leap from feature-phone to smartphone. Running on Android 2.2 the Optimus may not have the pizzazz of the myTouch or the G2, but it certainly fits the bill for a perfect introduction to the Android platform.

While it’s not explicitly stated in the press release, we believe based on earlier leaked info that the LG will include Wi-Fi calling upon launch. Stay tuned for details!

 

T-Mobile and LG Mobile Phones Offer a Simple-to-Use, Affordable Android

Device for First-Time Smartphone Customers – LG Optimus T with Google

 

Exclusive to T-Mobile customers, LG Optimus T offers Android 2.2, Voice Actions for Android and one-touch access to popular Google services to keep customers connected while on the go

 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Oct. 6, 2010 T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones today announced the latest easy-to-use and affordably priced smartphone to join T-Mobile’s extensive Android™ portfolio, LG Optimus T™. Equipped with the latest Android platform, LG Optimus T features a responsive touch screen sleek form-factor and deep integration of Google™ services, including Voice Actions.

LG Optimus T makes staying connected to friends and family while on the go a quick, one-touch process. Using Voice Actions for Android, customers can control their Android-powered phone by speaking commands to call, text, e-mail and even find directions on a map, among other tasks. LG Optimus T also offers customers close integration with popular Google services, such as Google Search™ (also by voice), Gmail™, Google Talk™ and Google Maps™.

“This holiday season, Android smartphones will be at the top of the wish list for multiple members of the family,” said Saj Sahay, director, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the LG Optimus T, T-Mobile is helping customers who have not yet made the transition to the world of smartphones with an easy-to-use and affordable option.”

With access to Android Market™, LG Optimus T customers can download and personalize their phone with thousands of free and paid applications. In addition, the customizable home screen, expandable up to seven panes, on the Optimus T keeps life simple by bringing what matters most upfront and center, including favorite applications and widgets. The Optimus T comes equipped with a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with video capture, as well as pre-installed 2 GB microSD card and support for up to 32 GB of removable memory.

“LG Optimus T allows T-Mobile users to create a smartphone experience unique to their lifestyle and everyday needs,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, corporate vice president of marketing and innovation for LG Mobile Phones. “With Google features and a stylish design, LG Optimus T is the ideal device for first-time smartphone users ready to explore the Android world.”

Availability

Offered in a Burgundy or Titanium finish, the LG Optimus T is expected to be exclusively available to T-Mobile customers this holiday season. For more information about T-Mobile products and services, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com.

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  • trollface.jpg

    Is this stock Android or is it skinned?

    • FILA

      does that really look like stock? Take a look at the G2 then compare with this pos. Yea, thats a skin overtop, not heavy but still a skin or UI is not stock.

  • =D

    PRIME??!?! Oh… It’s not you. Anyways, good to see some variety in T-mo’s android phones from now on.

  • ella

    good that T-Mo is stepping it up by offering better phones in all classes

    • JohnB

      This phone isn’t as bad as as it looks.

      This is basically the same phone as Optimus GT540 that was already released and people are reporting that it is surprisingly snappy. Wonder why?

      That’s because this 600MHz MSM7227 processor is sort-of half way between the old ARM11 based processors and 1st gen Snapdragons. MSM7227 uses Adreno 200 GPU from the Snapdragons. GT540 received Quadrant result of 465, which is only a bit lower than the Nexus One with 2.1 as shown here:

      http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/index.php?sort=score&sort_order=DESC&limit_from=50

      So given the low resolution, plus this GPU means the phone will be surprisingly snappy, and most games will run just fine.

      I wouldn’t buy it for me, but may look great for my kids. :)

  • Vibrant Guy

    That is a very nice looking phone. I don’t know if I could handle the smaller scree at this point, but its worth a test drive. It looks really nice. Good job TMo.

  • Fish

    at least it’s not motorola

    but lets see how LG’s process for updating the OS on their phones pans out. Hopefully their reputation won’t become that of motorola and samsung

    • Jrsykind

      At least it’s starting with 2.2. Any word on processor?

      • Reece

        I doubt it’s anything high end. Probably a lower end TI OMAP chip is in there.

  • David

    I’m intrigued! Looks like I’ll have choices when I shop for my Android phone in the next month or two. I just hope those buttons look better in person than they do in the photo!!

  • Foxeh

    I wonder what LG is going to name that UI…

    • Reece

      the LGui?

  • Ansel

    I’m really proud of T-Mobile. They’re just dropping phones like crazy now…something tells me T-Mobile’s about to be a serious contender now that they’re releasing more smartphones of all classes now, including my future phone the myTouch lol. Looking forward to this Holiday Season!!

  • ryan

    Good thing tmobile boasts about having the fastest network. It means nothing when they have the crappiest phones…..

    • John

      Vibrant, g2, new mytouch, put the crack pipe down

      • no

        vibrant is not hspa +… and everyone has one. even us cellular now. mytouch slide is yuck. g2 is good… but not great.

    • Chatter

      Relax Ryan. Not everyone is looking for the biggest, brightest and fastest phone out there with a data plan. I still see tons of people with “regular” phones, not smartphones. A lower end phone that works fine is plenty for many on a budget.

    • Acacia Strain

      Good but not great? As compared to what other phone?

      If you rule out all the other Galaxy phones then the only phones that beat it are the Evo and maybe one of the droid series but that’s debatable.

      I think so can make the debate that the G2 is almost on par with the Evo given it’s stock Android and it’s processing speed being just as fast plus the internet speeds are faster on a G2.

      Front camera/kickstand aren’t really an argument because the G2 has a keyboard. Some would rather have one than the other.

      And have you not seen the Mytouch HD? That phone is definitely Evo lever if not greater because of the internet speed.

  • David

    Meh I guess for those who want a bit more then the Charm but still on a budget? But will it have hspda?

  • Vibrant addict

    I love the name. I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful LG, T mobile, Android love triangle

  • going_home

    Very nice for a low end Android offering.

    ;)

  • moto cliq

    THE 2.1 UPDATE FOR THE MOTO CLIQ WILL BE RELEASED OON FRIDAY THE 8TH OF THIS MONTH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS OFFICAL WORD FOR MOTOROLA EMAIL DOC IN THE TECH SUPPORT

    • jonathan

      Where’s your proof? You’re just trolling if you don’t have it…

  • http://myspace.com/dreama Dreama

    Man, I Really want another phone. Currently using the Cliq and the performance is declining, but the current releases from t-mobile are not good enough me. Hopefully they’ll surprise me with a good phone soon. Till then its me and this Crapy cliq. This phone is nice looking though, just not what I am looking for.

  • jayy336

    i like its “kind of stock” look to it. Its not heavily skinned, but its not stock, but it has a nice look to it. With that said, however, the updates, if it gets any, will probably take a while.

  • 2FR35H

    So does this mean we are as well going to get the Optimus Pad? :D

  • mtnman

    I’ve never owned an LG phone before. I have thier tv’s, and there really good, just don’t know about the cell phone. LG has come a long way since it used to be Goldstart, and everyone laughed at you if you had a Goldstar TV. And LG don’t stand for “Life’s Good” it’s Lucky Goldstar. But since the name change I guess it is.

    • peter

      LG has the best customer satisfaction in JD powers mobile phone surveys.

    • Vibrant Addict

      Wow I had no idea. I threw out a Goldstar tv not too long ago, not because it stopped working but because I just wanted a new tv. LG looks even more promising now.

  • Phace

    Cool, might get for the wife….will I be able to use the $10 dollar web plan?

    • 2FR35H

      Highly unlikely due it being a android.

  • TMOprophet

    meh, nice name, but how bout some 4.3in goodness

  • DatNizzle

    Yo, this is the best phone ever! You get messages from the future! This dude got a line on some trim, in November. With that much notice he should be golden.

  • Tony

    Why would anyone buy this over a G2 or a Vibrant? If I were new to smartphones, I’d want something fast and easy to use. The price difference is so minimal considering that you are paying $20-$30 for a forced data plan, each and every month for two years.

    • Acacia Strain

      You’d be surprised how many people are all about “how much do I pay today?”

  • jesus

    this is my opinion

    nexus one , vibrant , htc g2 , mytouch HD

    are the best phones for tmobile…

    • Acacia Strain

      If that is in random order then I agree, but if you are ranking them try:

      Vibrant
      G2/Touch HD (gotta call this a tie since the HD isn’t out just yet)
      Nexus One

      • Gonzo

        Maybe if you’re ordering from buggiest to least buggy.

  • Michael

    I have an honest question that I hope someone can answer. I read this board every single day and frequently read most of the comments afterward because I enjoy keeping up with technology (even if I do noy myself purchase these high-end phones). An android/blackberry or other smartphone simply is overkill for the small amount I would ever use such a phone. But I read all this because I enjoy watching all these phenominal changes/advances in technology. But here is my question… WHAT ABOUT US?
    #1, I would suspect that at least half of Tmo customers are feature/dumb phone users like me. Does anyone know the actual breakdown as to smart vs. dumb handset customers? I would be extremely curious.
    And #2, It is extremely rare that I hear any news about phones other than smartphones (except the pathetic entry by LG a few months back–couldn’t we get the LG Dare or something that had a little more excitement than just 2 boring clamshells and the Sentio that just is not at all exciting?).
    SO, with all due respect (and I do totally respect all you smartphone people out there), WHAT ABOUT US?

    • Guy Montag

      I agree with your sentiments, Michael. I think the thing to do is to take advantage of T-Mobile’s Even More Plus plans, and buy your own unlocked GSM phone. Nokia is pushing their unlocked GSM phones a bit more now, see nokiausa.com, for example.

  • BeerBellyBilly

    PhoneScoop.com has a blog on this phone which says it comes with T-Mobile’s “Wi-Fi Hotspot” enabling it to share 3G connection with other wi-fi devices, yada, yada, yada. I wonder if they mixed this up with UMA Wi-Fi calling because I haven’t seen any mention on T-Mobile’s site about Wi-Fi hotspot features. If anything, they disabled HotSpot and tethering services in the G2 as i understand it. Which I think personally is the pits.