Budget Android smartphones are becoming more and more popular and all manufacturers are attempting to recreate the successful combination of features and value-for-money which probably reached its pinnacle with the Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade).
In a bid to keep pace with everyone else, LG has announced a pair of social network orientated handsets, both of which will be running Android Gingerbread (2.3) when launched this summer.
First up is the LG Optimus Pro which comes with a QWERTY keyboard sitting below a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen. The Pro will have an 800MHz powering it and will include a three megapixel camera on the rear and a 1500mAh battery. Just below the screen are dedicated hot keys for email and calendar functions. The Pro will be going head-to-head with the likes of the HTC ChaCha and the soon-to-be-released Orange Barcelona which have similar form factors.
The second device announced by LG is the Optimus Net which sports a 3.2in touchscreen and could include an NFC chip (like the Optimus Pro) but only in certain markets, and whether or not that includes the UK, remains to be seen. Like its sibling, the Net will have an 800Mhz processor and three megapixel camera.
Both devices are due for a summer release but no specific launch date or pricing have been announced by LG though rumours suggest the Pro could be priced around £160.