LG is launching a new Android-powered smartphone in its own backyard. The name of the phone is Optimus Z, and yes, we’ve already talked about it briefly.
Specs wise, the 11mm-thick (or that’s thin) comes with a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1 (to be upgraded to 2.2), 1350mAh battery, microSD memory card slot, T-DMB mobile TV receiver (very important in Korea), and support for Dolby Mobile audio and DivX video.
What seems especially interesting about this phone is that it will come with more than 100 applications pre-installed, 70 of which are not available from the Android Market. I assume some of those are carrier and/or South Korea specific apps, while some others are completely stupid apps but still – the figure itself does sound impressive. Moreover, the phone will sing along the carrier-specific stores (KT or SK Telecom).
Pricing is unknown at the moment and the same is true for the exact availability date. We do, however, know that both operators have started accepting pre-orders for the Optimus Z and that it will start shipping at some point in August…