Bell Canada Adds New Android Smartphone: the LG Optimus Chic

Bell Mobility has added the Optimus Chic, LG’s latest smartphone, to its lineup of Android phones.

The Optimus Chic, which tech blog Engadget characterized as a “low-end” Froyo phone, has a 600MHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 3.2-inch, 320×480 HVGA capacitive touchscreen.

“We are delighted to bring the latest smartphone in the Optimus series to Canada with the Optimus Chic,” Marketing LG Electronics Canada VP Colin Bettam said in a statement. “This phone is unique in that it offers all of the power of an LG Smartphone and Android, all in a stylish design with a high gloss, minimalist finish that will surely be appreciated by customers with a discerning eye.”

An exclusive offering from Bell in Canada, the phone features 802.11b/g WiFi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and FM radio, as well as the ability to be used as a portable wireless router to connect up to eight other Wi-Fi devices to the Web.
With an onboard memory of up to 150MB and an external 2GB microSD in-box, the Optimus Chic memory can be expanded with the addition of a 32GB microSD.

While not the powerhouse of other available phones, the Optimus Chic is also powerful enough to enable users to use Google’s augmented reality browser Google Goggles, which gives clients information about the things around them including landmarks, as well as the ability to identify books by their cover, translate text, record contact info from business cards, and more.

One of the major selling points of the Optimus Chic is that it is available for $0 on a three-year term with a minimum $50 voice and data plan or for $249.95 with no term. This is a bargain compared to Bell’s iPhone 4, which is available for $159.95 on a three-year contract.

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