Yesterday, on the carrier’s official website, Straight Talk LG Optimus Black became available. This latest Straight Talk Android phone is so far the most advanced handset so is the price, $329.99. This is the third Android phone for this carrier. It comes right after Samsung Galaxy Precedent and LG Optimus Q. However, the phone that’s even higher-end than Black, LG Optimus 2X, meant to become part of Straight Talk lineup, was never released. It’s still unclear if LG Optimus 2X is canceled or not. Or, if you like, there is no confirm from Straight Talk officials about this matter.
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Nevertheless, LG Optimus Black comes at perfect timing for Straight Talk users. It has somewhat lower specs than LG Optimus 2X but fairly higher than LG Optimus Q. As it looks for now, LG Optimus 2X is not in the picture any more, so we won’t compare it with it any more. The good thing is that, Straight Talk users and all others who might be driven with this latest addition now have quite good handset available.
Straight Talk LG Optimus Black (LG L85C) is actually the same phone as LG Marquee, released recently for Boost Mobile. Boost’s version is available for $279.99 oppose to Straight Talk’s $329.99, coverage is the same, Sprint’s, so the only difference would be in the monthly plans available from each provider. Black works with $45 Unlimited plan with unlimited talk, text and data with hidden cap at around 2GB of data per month. On the other side, Boost offers $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan but that can be lowered to as low as $40 per month after 18 on-time payments, if you sign up to Shrinkage plan.
Specs wise, Straight Talk LG Optimus Black runs on 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It features 4-inches NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and scratch resistant glass, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720P HD video recording. In addition, 2-megapixel front-facing camera is on-board for video chatting and self-portraits. The phone also supports Bluetooth, WiFi, advanced GPS and 3G connectivity as well as instant messaging, multitasking, access to popular Google services including Android Market.
For much needed memory, Straight Talk LG Optimus Black comes with 4GB memory card and microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of additional storage. Its 1500 mAh battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 8 days of standby time.
Right now, LG Optimus Black is the top offer at Straight Talk’s lineup. If its specs and the price suit you, you can get it as of today for $329.99 at Straight Talk’s website with free overnight shipping, given that it’s available in your area.