LG Announces Optimus Black with NOVA Display
LG today at CES announced a slab-style, Android-powered handset, the Optimus Black. The Optimus Black uses what LG calls a NOVA display, which is the same in-plane switching LCD that Apple uses for the iPhone 4. The NOVA display on the Black measures four inches at 800 x 480 pixels with a brightness of 700nit (for comparison, the iPhone has 500nit brightness). The NOVA display also offers a 50 percent reduction in power needs while remaining bright enough for outdoor use. It has a 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and 2GB of internal storage. The Optimus Black measures 9.2mm at its thickest point, and tapers down to 6mm at the outer edges, and features a custom LG-designed user interface on top of Android 2.2. The device can be upgraded to Android 2.3 in the future. LG claims the Optimus Black carries several firsts, including the first Wi-Fi Direct certification, and the first user-facing 2 megapixel camera. The Optimus Black will be available worldwide in the first half of 2011.
Hands On with Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei churned out two mid-range handsets in Berlin, the Nova and Nova Plus. The phones share most features, but the Plus is a bit bigger thanks to the larger screen and battery.
Verizon Debuts LG Optimus Zone 3 for Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today revealed the LG Optimus Zone 3, an inexpensive Android handset for those who prefer prepaid services. This simple smartphone picks up where the 2014 Zone 2 left off.
Huawei Drops the Nova and Nova Plus Mid-Rangers
Huawei today announced the Nova and Nova Plus handsets, two mid-range smartphones that feature curved metal designs, diamond-cut bezels, and 2.5D glass for a seamless in-hand experience. The devices share almost all features, expect for the screen, battery, and camera.
Motorola Reveals the Moto Z2 Force Flagship with Shattershield
Motorola today announced the Moto Z2 Force, its flagship handset for 2017. The Z2 Force carries over the Shattershield nearly unbreakable display from last year's phone.
Apple Warns Against 'Micro-abrasions' On Jet Black iPhone 7
The shiny, jet black finish of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may show scratches, according to Apple. "The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process," explained Apple in the footnotes on the iPhone 7's product page.
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