LG Optimus Sol – Android 2.3 on a 3.8″ Ultra AMOLED screen

The rumoured Optimus Sol has been officially announced by LG today, with the Korean hardware maker claiming its new Android phone features what it calls an “Ultra AMOLED” 800×400 screen. This apparently means it’s easier to use outside. Which is a good mainstream selling point.

The phone itself is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. LG claims it’ll be the most affordable AMOLED-based phone out there. Here’s the front and back. No flash on the camera, then…

lg optimus sol 2

The Optimus Sol will launch in Europe in “mid September”. Here’s the full announcement, with all the “Ultra-AMOLED” information. Full tech spec sheet below, too:

LG DIVERSIFIES SMARTPHONE LINE-UP WITH USER-FRIENDLY OPTIMUS SOL

New Phone Boasts Elegant Design, First-Class Display, Great Multimedia Connectivity

SEOUL, Aug. 22, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today announced the latest addition to the LG Optimus smartphone series: the LG Optimus Sol (LG-E730). Running on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, the LG Optimus Sol offers 9.8mm slimness with a brilliant 3.8-inch “Ultra AMOLED” display. Sol is aptly named for its high clarity display which makes content easy to see even in bright and sunny conditions.


“The Optimus Sol stands out from its competitors as the most affordable 1 GHz Android smartphone with an AMOLED display,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “By introducing a no-nonsense phone that boasts one of the best displays on the market, we think we have a real winner for consumers looking for a subtle but visually stunning phone.”

With a depth of only 9.8mm, the LG Optimus Sol boasts a sophisticated design, solid feel and enhanced user experience. Users can enjoy a great web browsing performance thanks to the 1GHz CPU, as well as enhanced Flash 10.1. on a 3.8-inch WVGA Ultra AMOLED display with a superior color gamut. The new and improved Ultra AMOLED display has a two-fold advanced reflection rate compared to standard AMOLED displays, and reduces image quality degradation.

The device uses an enhanced idle-based power management system that boosts battery life by 20 to 30 percent. With the Dark UI selected, the Optimus Sol utilizes less white light in order to extend the battery life performance. The phone includes a 5.0MP camera for fast auto-shuttering, auto-focusing and shot-to-shot. Users can also take full advantage of multimedia connectivity via onscreen links to DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct.

This new handset will be introduced in Europe beginning mid-September, followed by roll-outs in Central and South America. The Optimus Sol will be available in black, titan and white, availability depending on the region.

lg optimus sol tech specs

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  1. mintvilla

     /  August 22, 2011

    Since the HTC desire has a 1ghz processor, a 5mp camera with flash, and slightly more ram with 576mb of ram….. I think id rather have the HTC desire.

    (though i did just think that they stopped producing amoled screens for the desire didnt they….. oh well my Old Desire had the amoled screen and id rather have that then this LG phone)

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  2. hecatae

     /  August 23, 2011

    now that’s pretty, and lg are good at releasing source, here’s hoping it’s cheaper than the lg p500 currently is

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  3. Does the statment of ” This new handset will be introduced in Europe beginning mid-September ” included the UK ?

    What will be the price for the “Sol” in the UK ?

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  4. Will it be on PAYG in the UK ?
    Or on rip-off contract ?

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  5. And what will the “Affordable” Price be ?
    ( What’s one person’s Affordable is another person’s – HOW MUCH ! )

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  6. It’s past “Mid-September” … ???

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  7. Has September 2011 gone ? Or have i fallen into a whole in the Space-Time Continuum ! … Still No Sol …

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  8. Well it’s “Mid-October and still no LG Optimus Sol … Ah i think i’ve got it … maybe they mean “Mid-September” 2012 … If you aks me I think they should re-name it the “LG Optimus LOL” …

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  9. Well, it’s nearly the end of October 2011 … and, Yes you’ve guessed it, still no SOL … Oh Well, i had to get a new phone so got myself a SE Xepria PLAY from O2 for £149.99 ( Bargain ) … Sorry LG but your S*** an’t Together on release dates.
    I got bored with waiting !

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