LG Announces Optimus Black ‘World’s Thinnest Smartphone’

LG have just announced what they are claiming to be the ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’, the Optimus Black. Measuring a wafer thin 9.2mm thick it will ship with Froyo (Android 2.2), but LG are saying that it is ‘Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade’ ready.
The handset features a 4 inch NOVA display, which the press release says will ‘radically reduce power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use’.
The claim to be the world’s thinnest smartphone may not stand for long though with Sony Ericsson expected to unveil the Xperia arc, which is said to be just 8.7mm at its thinnest point.

Motorola Xoom Official , Q1 Launch

“One of the mostly anticipated product announcements at CES has undoutedly been Motorola’s Honeycomb powered tablet, the Motorola Xoom.
The device sports a dual core Tegra 2 running at 1 Ghz with a 10.1 inch screen and 4G connectivity. The device is headed for the American Verizon network although the 4G connectivity won’t be available at launch, rather it will come about through an update planned for some time in Q2.
The device also supports 720p video recording, 1080p playback, 1280×800 resolution display, a 5 MP camera and 32 GB of internal storage. With all that going on you will no doubt be wondering about battery life, but it’s apparently been rated at 10 hours so not too shabby.” via mobile-review.com

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Officially Announced

Xperia™ arc takes the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known for to a new level. Super slim and light, Xperia™ arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2” multi-touch screen. Created from premium materials and with a stunning arc body, this smartphone is sleek, strong and designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand. The best of Sony technology is inside Xperia™ arc. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Furthermore, Sony’s award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia™ arc will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available on the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast Internet to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc – Key features

* Slim, lightweight and strong, with perfect ergonomics
* Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
* Sony Exmor R™ for mobile: for best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
* 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
* Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q1 in the colours Midnight Blue and Misty Silver.

Check out the Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products


Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc at a glance


* 8.1 megapixel camera
* Up to 2.46x smart zoom
* Aperture f/2.4
* Auto focus
* Face detection
* Flash/LED
* Geo tagging
* Image stabilizer
* Noise suppression
* Send to web
* Smile detection
* Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor
* Touch Focus
* Touch capture
* Video light
* Video recording, HD 720p


* Album art
* Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
* Media player
* Music tones (MP3/AAC)
* PlayNow™ service*
* TrackID™ music recognition application
* * This service may not be available in every market


* Bookmarks
* Google™ search
* NeoReader™ barcode scanner
* Pan & zoom
* Web browser (WebKit)


* Call list
* Conference calls
* Facebook™ application*
* Sony Ericsson Timescape™
* Speakerphone
* Vibrating alert
* * This service may not be available in every market


* Conversations
* Email
* Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
* Instant messaging
* Picture messaging (MMS)
* Predictive text input
* Sound recorder
* Text messaging (SMS)


* Auto rotate
* Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)
* Picture wallpaper
* Reality display
* Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
* Touchscreen
* Wallpaper animation

* This service may not be available in every market

* 3D games
* Media browser
* Motion gaming
* Radio (FM)
* Video streaming
* Video viewing
* YouTube™ *


* Android™ OS
* Alarm clock
* Calculator
* Calendar
* Document readers
* Flight mode
* Infinite button
* Phone book


* 3.5 mm audio jack
* aGPS
* Bluetooth™ technology
* Google Maps™
* Modem
* USB mass storage
* USB support
* Wi-Fi™
* Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *
* * This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*
* These services may not be available in every market

* Android Market™ Client
* Gmail™
* Google Calendar™
* Google Gallery 3D™
* Google Latitude™
* Google Maps™ with Street View
* Google Media Uploader
* Google Music Player™
* Google Phone-top Search
* Google Search widget
* Google Sync™
* Google Talk™
* Google Voice Search
* Set-up Wizard
* YouTube™


* Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
* 16,777,216 colour TFT
* Capacitive multi-touch
* 4.2 inches
* 854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)
* Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass


* In-Box:
* Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
* Battery (1500mAh)
* Stereo portable handsfree
* Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
* User documentation


* Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
* Weight: 117 grams
* Phone memory: Up to 512 MB
* Memory card support: up to 32 GB
* Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB
* Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3
* Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions

* Networks
* UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
* GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
* UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
* GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900


* Midnight Blue
* Misty Silver