LG Optimus T Launching on T-Mobile for $30 on November 3rd
It is no surprise that T-Mobile will be launching the LG Optimus T on November 3rd—just in time for serious holiday shoppers to get a good look at it before making a decision. What is surprising is the price on the Optimus T. T-Mobile will be selling the Android OS powered smartphone for a mere $30 with two-year contract.
Sprint’s nearly identical version—the LG Optimus S—will be sold for $49.99 with two-year contract. T-Mobile’s plan to lowball Sprint’s price for practically the same smartphone (just a slightly different keyboard layout differentiates the two models) might be a good move. Android smartphones are moving quickly to break into the feature phone price range and who really wants a feature phone when they can get in on all the Android Market app and media goodness for the same price?
That’s the good news. The bad news is that while the Optimus T is very inexpensive, its specs are not exactly flagship smartphone worthy. A 600 MHz processor sits under the hood and a 3.2” touchscreen at 320×480 pixel resolution is there for input. The camera inside is a 3.2 megapixel with autofocus but flash has not been confirmed yet. The usual connectivity options like GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included of course. For storage, a 2 GB microSD card will be included. Android OS 2.2 ‘Froyo’ will be there for the launch, so none of the usual Android 2.1 to 2.2 update headaches.
T-Mobile will also be offering Wi-Fi calling abilities with the Optimus S as it plans to eventually with all of its Android OS powered smartphone offerings. All the bugs have not yet been worked out for Wi-Fi calling on Android, but T-Mobile is making some definite progress. No confirmation yet if the Optimus S will be shipping with the Wi-Fi calling abilities or if they will come as an update in the near future.
At only $30 with a new contract, a 600 MHz processor and 3.2” touchscreen look pretty darn good. Are you rethinking your holiday phone purchases now? Phones designed for heavy texting and feature phones can’t really hold a candle to what Android offers. Just think of the 100,000 apps on Android Market right now.
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