Leading telecom service provider, Telstra has announced that it plans to introduce LG OPTIMUS GT540 Smartphone in US which is powered by Google Android platform and features a 3-inch touchscreen display.
Slated for launch on 1st July 2010 on its network, Telstra would be the first company in US to offer LG OPTIMUS GT540 smartphone.
Telstra executive director of Mobility Products Ross Fielding said in a company statement, “With Google Android-powered smartphones growing in popularity, the LG GT540 Optimus provides customers with an ultra-affordable way to get in on the action.”
The new LG Optimus GT540 handset is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD touch screen display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels and features 3.0 megapixel digital camera with image sensor, face detection and geo-tagginf capabilities which is also capable of video recording in VGA 640×480-pixel resolution with just 17 frames per second.
Its important to note that unlike the standard electrical field-sensing Capacitive touchscreens found in most phones nowadays including Apple iPhone, the touchscreen in LG Optimus GT540 handset includes a pressure-sensitive Resistive touchscreen, which is believed to sometimes miss taps of finger and require a more firmer pressure to register each screen tap.
The LG Optimus GT540 smartphone is powered by 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and includes powerful 1500mAh removable Lithium-ion battery allowing up to 5.5 hrs/7.3 hrs on talk-time on 2G/3G nwetworks and up to 500 hours of standby time.
The Google Android 1.6 powered LG Optimus smartphone offers various multimedia features like Media player with video playback support for DivX, H.264, Xvid, MPEG-4 SP and WMV formats and MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV and AMP formats for audio MP3 playback.
The LG Optimus phone comes with inbuilt storage of 130MB which can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD flash card and Telstra is offering the phone with a 2GB memory card free.
As for data connectivity solutions, LG Optimus GT540 smartphone offers, Class-10 GPRS and EDGE, HSDPA on 3G, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+ A2DP wireless connectivity.
According to Telstra, the LG Optimus will be upgraded to Google Android 2.1 (Éclair) version which has made significant improvements in the platform.
Customers will also be able to personalise their LG Optimus by selecting from thousands of apps from the Android Market – including games, transport apps, podcast and music apps, fitness apps and news services. There are now more than 75,000 Android apps to choose from.
With Google Android-powered smartphones growing in popularity, the LG Optimus GT540 smartphone provides customers with an ultra-affordable way to get in on the action. It’s also an ideal touchscreen phone to access Google services like Google Calendar, YouTube and Gmail from. Users can access up-to-the-minute emails and calendar information that’s synched with their Google web account to stay up to date on the go.
The LG Optimus GT540 would be available soon to Telstra customers for the price of $504 and it will also offer the smartphone with $49 Cap plan for $0 upfront. The plan for two years includes 200MB of data, up to $400 worth of calls, SMS and MMSs.