LG Optimus Black vs. Samsung Infuse 4G vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (Preview)

by Jerry D on January 5, 2011

CES 2011 is opening with an almighty mobile BANG! As we duck for cover, a flurry of new handsets have broken cover promising to make you rue the day you signed up for a 24-month iPhone 4 contract.

LG Optimus Black

The 4-inch ‘NOVA’ display on this new LG phone promises to make Super AMOLED look ordinary thanks to increased energy efficiency and brightness. The handset is also a mere 9.2mm thick and thins to an unbelievable 6mm, according to LG. If so, it ousts the iPhone 4 as the ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’…

There’s an unspecified digital camera around the back, while a 1,500mAh battery should provide some lengthy play time. As for software, the Optimus Black will run Android 2.2, laced with LG’s own UI. Don’t rule out a quick upgrade to 2.3 for launch (or just after).

Samsung Infuse 4G

Goodbye Super AMOLED. Hello Super AMOLED Plus. The forthcoming Samsung Infuse 4G incorporates a newer version of the vibrant organic screen tech that promises to boost clarity and contrast.

That’s not the only head-turner here either. The screen is a whopping 4.5 inches, taking it dangerously close to mini-tablet territory. Other specs include: an 8MP camera, 1.2GHz Hummingbird CPU, front camera and HSPA+ connectivity. Hence the ’4G’ label.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Been underwhelmed by Sony Ericsson’s recent phones? Yeah, us too. The X10 didn’t really float the BPF boat and the X8 was as thrilling as televised chess. But keep an eye out for the so-called Xperia Arc.

Apparently we can expect a 1GHz processor, 4.2-inch touchscreen ‘Reality’ display and 8 Megapixel digital snapper, all powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It looks thin too. Mighty thin. Mmmm…

So who wins? It’s early days but we like the look of the LG Optimus Black right now. Excitement levels are high. That said, we wouldn’t bet against Samsung’s Infuse making a big splash when it launches. Look out for some brutal showdowns involving these handsets soon.

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