LG Optimus Black

The LG P970 Optimus Black is a smartphone designed and manufactured by LG Electronics and was released in 2011. At 9.2 mm in thickness, it was LG's thinnest smartphone at the time of its release, and is slightly thinner than the iPhone 4. The LG Optimus Black features a WVGA NOVA display which is brighter than competitor displays with brightness officially claimed to be over 700 nits. However, the actual brightness of the screen is measured to be about 749 nits.[4] Furthermore, the NOVA display consumes less energy compared to competitor displays.[5] LG Optimus Black is claimed to be the first smartphone with 2MP front camera.[citation needed]

LG Optimus Black
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BrandLG Electronics, Inc.
ManufacturerLG Electronics, Inc.
Compatible networksGSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band (850, 900, 1,800, and 1,900 MHz)
HSPA Tri-band (900, 1,700, and 2,100 MHz)
HSDPA 10.2 Mbit/s
HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, CDMA/EVDO (800, 1900 MHz)
RelatedLG Optimus 3D LG Optimus 2X
Form factorBar
Dimensions121 mm (4.8 in) H
63.5 mm (2.50 in) W
9.2 mm (0.36 in) D
Mass109 g (3.8 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 2.2 Froyo (formerly)
4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (current)
CPU800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Texas Instruments OMAP3630)
Memory512 MB RAM
Storage2 GB (1 GB user-available)
Removable storagemicroSD (supports up to 32 GB)
Battery1.500 mAh,
Internal Rechargeable Li-ion
User replaceable
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
DisplayNova IPS LCD, 4.0 in (100 mm) diagonal
480×800 px WVGA (~233 ppi), 16M COLORS
Rear camera5.0 Mpx 2,592 x 1,944 px max.
LED flash
HD Video 720p at 30 fps
Front camera2.0 Mpx
Connectivity3.5 mm TRRS
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
FM stereo receiver
micro USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot


North AmericaEdit

In the United States, the LG Optimus Black is offered by multiple wireless carriers known by their individual brandings.

  • Sprint and Boost Mobile released it as the LG LS855 Marquee.
  • NET10/Straight Talk offer it as the LG L85C though it retains the "Optimus Black" name.
  • US Cellular offers it as the LG US855 Majestic.
  • KT Korea offers it as the LG KU5900.
  • Other regional carriers offer it as the LG 855 Ignite.

In Canada, the LG Optimus Black Skype Edition variant is offered by Telus Mobility as a special edition in collaboration with Skype. It was later discontinued by that carrier, and all remaining stock was repackaged for Telus' Koodo Mobile brand instead.

Software updatesEdit

The LG P970 Optimus Black and CDMA variants received an upgrade to Android 2.3.4, resulting in improved battery life, enhanced autofocus, and new apps. As of 4 January 2013, an upgrade to Android 4.0.4 was made available for the P970 through the official LGMobile Support Tool; however, no such upgrade was made available for the CDMA variants of the phone, and attempting to upgrade it using the P970's firmware would render the device inoperable.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hide, Nick (5 May 2011). "LG Optimus Black review". CNET. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  2. ^ "LG Electronics Optimus Black" (in German). Area Mobile. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. ^ "LG Optimus Black Android Ice Cream Sandwich update". Electronic Info. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  4. ^ LG Optimus Black Display Review GSMArena
  5. ^ NOVA display [1] Retrieved 6 July 2011.

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