updated 05:15 pm EDT, Sat July 2, 2011
LG Optimus Black coming to most US CDMA carriers
LG's Optimus Black is now known to be coming to virtually every US CDMA carrier after FCC listings gave its plans away. A core LS855 model is headed to Sprint, while AS855, US855, and VM855 should reach Alltel, US Cellular, and Virgin. In every case, the chief updates are the expected switchovers to CDMA and EVDO for phone calls and 3G.
The Black is considered LG's mid-tier smartphone and centers on its four-inch, 480x800 Nova display, which at a 700-nit brightness is both brighter than most mobile screens and easier to see outdoors. It keeps the price reasonable by using a single-core, TI OMAP3 chip and a five-megapixel camera at the back, although it still has a two-megapixel front camera for video chat.
No indication has come so far that the Optimus Black will move past Android 2.2 when it reaches the US. LG has, however, been promising to upgrade the G2X to Android 2.3 this summer and could have the Black upgraded by the time it ships.
LG's confidentiality request for the Sprint version has photos and other details becoming public half a year after the initial April filing. As such, it's probable that the Black will be available in or before October. [via PocketNow]