LG Optimus Black Comes to MWC 2011 With Nova Display, Keith Haring Art

Feb 10 2011, 10:46am CST | by , in News | MWC

LG Optimus Black Comes to MWC 2011 With Nova Display, Keith Haring Art
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Also: The World's First 2 MP front-facing camera.

The world's thinnest and lightest Android smartphone has just been revealed in Seoul. The LG Optimus Black is 6 mm at its thinnest and weighs a mere 109 grams. But that wee frame isn't the only reason to spare this phone a look. Keith Haring, a popular artist who focused on New York street culture and designed a jacket for Madonna, has had his name and art leant to this device.

LG has worked with the Keith Haring Foundation to share his art on products in the past- on two devices in 2008.

The Optimus Black has something called a NOVA display. LG claims this "provides optimal brightness and readability under any lighting conditions". It is billed as showing "truer whites" and cutting energy draw by 50%. LG has also enabled tap, tilt and shake commands to unlock the Black. This arty little smartphone will the world's first 2 MP front-facing smartphone. So you'll look slightly less grainy to your friends than they look to you.

You'll have a chance to give the Optimus Black an in-depth look next week, when I attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Those of you in "select" European markets will be able to buy it starting in March.

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