LG Optimus Black Preview: Hands on video

One more hands preview from Mobile World Congress today. This time it’s the LG Optimus Black Android handset which feature the company’s newest 4inch WVGA IPS panel called Nova display. Under the hood you’ll find a TI OMAP 3630 SoC clocked at 1Ghz powering the whole thing. This is obviously far from the Optimus 3D’s insane hardware specifications but should be enough to run Android 2.3 without any problem. This SoC includes a PowerVRSGX530 GPU so you can expect 3D performance to be weaker than the Galaxy S and its SGX540.

Network HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.6Mbps
Chipset Chipset OMAP 3630 (1Ghz)
Form Factor Full Touch Screen
Dimension 122 x 64 x 6 ~ 9.2 mm (109g)
Display 4.0” WVGA IPS LCD (NOVA Display: 700 NIT IPS LGD)
Camera 5M AF camera, World’s 1st 2MP front-facing camera
Memory 2GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
OS version Android 2.2 Froyo (To be upgraded to Gingerbread)
Wi-Fi /A-GPS 802.11.b/g/n + Wi-Fi Direct™
Battery 1500mAh
Others Gesture UI, DLNA, Dolby Mobile

The Optimus Black is in my opinion LG’s best designed handset. It feels really good in the hand and the Nova display is definitely super bright. I’m a big fan of IPS panel so it’s really nice to see them in something other than Apple products (remember that LG supplies the iPhone 4 and iPad’s screen). I can really speak about the device’s overall performance given that it was probably running pre-release software but let me just say that I’m not a fan of all this UI customization.