LG launches Android-powered Optimus One, Chic

It's a busy day in the smartphone world. In addition to Nokia's new trio, LG launched two new Android-powered handsets, the Optimus One and the Chic.

The LG Optimus One (left) and the Optimus Chic (right) are designed for first-time smartphone buyers. Pocketnow

As expected, LG Electronics unveiled the LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic on Tuesday, two Android devices aimed for smartphone newbies.

There are a number of similarities between the two handsets. Both ship running Android 2.2 with LG's custom user interface, which is designed to make the smartphone experience "fun and user-friendly." They also feature a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, and all the same core features (Google services, wireless options, and so forth). That said, there are some minor differences.

Dubbed the stylish one, the Optimus Chic has a slightly higher-res camera (5 megapixels versus 3 megapixels) and DLNA support. It also has a LG Air Sync feature that will let you wirelessly sync your contacts, photos, and phone data with your PC. Meanwhile, the Optimus One offers a larger 1,500mAh battery (the Chic has a 1,250mAh cell).

The Optimus One will be available in most of Europe in October, while the Optimus Chic will ship in November. Pricing was not released at this time, and it's unclear whether these phones will make it to the States with a carrier.

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