LG Optimus One

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LG Optimus One
LG Optimus One logo 220px.jpg
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Compatible networksGSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900)
UMTS/HSPA tri-band (900/1700/2100)
HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32-48 kbit/s
CDMA EVDO Rev. A (800/1900-Global, 1800-Korea LG U+ Variant Korean Pcs)
First releasedOctober 31, 2010 (2010-10-31)
PredecessorLG GT540 Optimus
SuccessorLG Optimus 2X
RelatedLG Optimus series
Form factorSlate
Dimensions113.5 mm (4.47 in) H
59 mm (2.3 in) W
13.3 mm (0.52 in) D
Mass129 g (4.6 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Upgradeable to 2.3.3 Gingerbread, released and unofficially to 2.3.7 Gingerbread with CyanogenMod 7 (Stable), 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich with CyanogenMod 9 (Stable, No HD video playback), 4.1.2 with CyanogenMod 10 (Stable, No Google Now or paranoma) 4.4.2 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11
CPUQualcomm 600 MHz ARM1136EJ-S
GPUQualcomm Adreno 200
Memory512 MB SDRAM
Storage512 MB flash EEPROM (140 or 170 MB user addressable)
Removable storage2 GB microSD (supports up to 32 GB, with the exception of Optimus T)
1,500 mAh, 5.6 Wh, 3.7 V
Internal Rechargeable Li-ion
User replaceable
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen (plastic)
Proximity sensor
Push buttons
DisplayTFT LCD, 3.2 in (81 mm) diagonal
320×480px HVGA @ 180ppi
2:3 aspect-ratio wide-screen
256K colors
Rear cameraVGA video recording (640×480 px, MPEG4 at 18 fps max.)
Europe and Asia 3-megapixels
United States and Canada 3.15 megapixels (2048×1536 px max.)
Connectivity3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
FM stereo receiver (87.5-108 MHz) with RDS (certain variants)
Micro USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
OtherWi-Fi hotspot, USB tethering
Head - 0.45 W/kg
Body - 0.37 W/kg
Optimus V
Head - 0.70 W/kg
Body - 0.57 W/kg
Hearing aid compatibilityM4, T4

The LG Optimus One is an entry-level series of touch-screen smartphones manufactured by LG Electronics, Inc. It was released running the Android 2.2 Froyo, and later LG released software to upgrade it to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Cyanogenmod 7.2 supports the phone.[7] Although the basic physical form factor of each variant is the same, the variants have differences in hard button shape and layout, the form of the metal side bezel and the user interfaces added by LG or various carriers. Versions of the Optimus One exist that operate on various frequency bands and either GSM or CDMA-based network protocols. They may also feature one or more variations in hardware, such as a faster processor, the addition of a physical keyboard, a modem with higher theoretical speeds, or a better digital camera.

Since sales first began in mid-November 2010, LG has released ten variants, though some differ very little from others. The Optimus One line is the first LG smartphone line to sell more than 1 million units. As of December 10, 2010 more than 2 million units have been sold worldwide, with 1.3 million units sold in North America, 450,000 units sold in South Korea, 200,000 units sold in Europe and 50,000 units sold in Asia and the CIS.[1]

The internal name of the Optimus One during product development was "Thunder".


Because of the different technologies used by wireless operators in the United States, many variants of the LG Optimus One exist, usually replacing the word "One" with a single letter representing the carrier. For example, the LG Optimus M is offered exclusively by MetroPCS, while the LG Optimus T is only available at T-Mobile USA.

Primary configuration[edit]

The Optimus One P500 was the first version offered for sale, with sales beginning in South Korea in mid-November 2010.[1] This GSM version of the phone is sold by wireless communications service providers in Asia, Europe and Canada.[8]

In Canada, the LG Optimus One (P500h) is sold by Telus Mobility since December 2010 and its brand Koodo Mobile since February 2011, with UMTS frequency at 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz.

In Turkey, a matte black variant is sold as the LG Optimus One (P503).[9]

Walmart Family Mobile released the LG Optimus One (P504) in charcoal in September 2011.[10]

Carrier variants[edit]

  • LG Optimus S: The LG Optimus S was initially released by Sprint in charcoal gray and purple on October 31, 2010.[3] It includes the Sprint ID graphical user interface (GUI) and CDMA network connectivity. While it is similar to the Optimus One, the Optimus S features minor hardware differences. This device has four distinct hard keys and a metal accent that covers the top of the device and one-third of each side. The 3.5mm TRS connector, the power button and the volume buttons are all incorporated into the metal band. There are also two hard keys on the right side of the phone. One button activates the voice dialer and another activates the camera. The "Menu" and "Home" buttons on the S are transposed as compared to all other variants of the Optimus One.
  • LG Optimus 3G: Telus Mobility released this phone for the Manitoba and Northern Ontario regions, where only Telus' CDMA network can be used. It is a variant of the LG Optimus S. The Optimus 3G was unavailable at Koodo Mobile, a Telus brand. Sales of this phone in Canada have now been discontinued.
  • LG Optimus C: Cricket Wireless launched this phone on March 17, 2011.
  • LG Optimus M: MetroPCS launched this phone in silver on November 24, 2010.[11] Unlike other CDMA variants of the Optimus One, which support the EV-DO Rev. A standard, the Optimus M supports only the slower EV-DO Rel. 0 standard. In addition to supporting 800 MHz cellular and 1900 MHz PCS radio frequency bands, the Optimus M also supports the 1700/2011 MHz AWS frequency bands.[12]
  • LG Phoenix: available from AT&T Mobility in the United States, and from Rogers Wireless and Chatr in Canada. It was released on May 10, 2011 for Rogers and since August 2011 for Chatr. Canadian mobile virtual network operators which resell Rogers Wireless services, such as SearsConnect, also offer the LG Phoenix. The phone's colour is blue.
  • LG Thrive: released in silver, it is similar to the LG Phoenix, but designed for AT&T's prepaid GoPhone customers.[13]
  • LG Optimus T: released by T-Mobile USA in black, titanium and burgundy on November 3, 2010.[14]
  • LG Optimus U: released by US Cellular in black on December 13, 2010.[15]
  • LG Optimus V: released by Virgin Mobile USA in black on February 1, 2011.[16] The Optimus V has few applications beyond a "stock" version of Android 2.2.
  • LG Vortex: Verizon Wireless released this phone in black and violet on November 18, 2010.[17]


LG Optimus Chat[edit]

The LG Optimus Chat features a physical keyboard and a smaller, 2.8-inch touchscreen.

LG Optimus Chic[edit]

The LG Optimus Chic features a camera with a higher 5 megapixel (MP) resolution and a modem with faster upload speeds of 2 Mbit/s instead of 0.35 Mbit/s.

LG Optimus Net[edit]

After clearing out and discontinuing the LG Optimus Chic due to poor sales, Bell Mobility released the LG Optimus Net on October 27, 2011. The Net is equipped with a faster 800 MHz processor, but features a slower HSPA+ modem with 3.6 Mbit/s download speeds, compared to the Optimus One and Chic's 600 MHz processor and 7.2 Mbit/s HSPA+ download speeds. It also features the same 3.15 megapixel (MP) camera as the Optimus One, but this resolution is lower than the Optimus Chic's 5 MP camera.[18]

LG Optimus Pro[edit]

The LG Optimus Pro is a variant of the Optimus Net, featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3 MP camera, a 2.8" screen, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

LG Optimus Elite[edit]

Released exclusively for the Australian network Optus, the LG Optimus Elite features a 3.5 inch screen, 5 MP camera with flash, and a dual-core processor.

Update history[edit]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread[edit]

On December 8, 2010 LG announced that it would need to study the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document and the public branch open source code before it could determine if the Optimus One series could be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.[19] However, on December 9, 2010, LG stated that it will update Optimus One devices to Android 2.3, but a date for the upgrade was not specified.[2] Responding to a question posted on LG India's Facebook page on March 16, 2011, an LG representative initially stated that the 2.3 update will be available in late May via the Android Market, but hours later added that the upgrade is not confirmed and the information was subject to change.[20]

The following details the history of the Gingerbread update rollout:

  • The first country to receive the update was Romania.[21]
  • This was followed by Russia, Brazil and the rest of the world soon after, according to LG's Facebook page.[22]
  • On August 28, 2011, the update for LG Optimus One has started rolling out on various parts of the world.[23]
  • On September 14, 2011, the update for American provider Sprint's LG Optimus S was issued.
    • On September 27, 2011, this update was halted because it caused multiple issues for users.[24]
  • On November 8, 2011, the update was released for the Canadian provider Telus Mobility and its brand Koodo Mobile to all customers with the LG Optimus One P500h.[25]
  • On February 9, 2012, LG released the update for LG Phoenix users on AT&T Mobility
  • Metro PCS prepare to release LG Optimus M+ with new processor, bigger screen, better bluetooth connectivity and higher camera resolutions than the old one.[26]
  • On April 4, 2012, the update for American provider Sprint's LG Optimus S was issued (Android 2.3 ZVJ).[27]
  • Sprint and Virgin Mobile are releasing successors, the LG Optimus Elite, on April 22, 2012.[28]
  • Netflix does not work properly on the Optimus One with Gingerbread - video stutters, freezes, and gets out of sync with audio. Netflix users must run Froyo (Android 2.2.x) on the Optimus One in order for Netflix to be able to access the GPU to play video correctly. See post #20 here:[29]

Root access and custom ROM Installation[edit]

A variety of custom ROM images exist for the P500, notably Cyanogenmod 7.2 .[30] First Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Images are available at xda-developers, yet these still have video playback performance issues due to missing libraries for hardware assisted decoding.[31] It is also possible to run Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) on this phone.[32] LG has released two different Baseband driver versions, the one commonly referred to as "old baseband" was shipped with the official Android 2.2 ROM images, while the "new baseband" is shipped with the official Android 2.3 ROMs. Depending on the custom ROM one wants to use, the matching baseband has to be installed on the device (for instance the official Cyanogenmod 7.2 ROM-Image uses the new baseband, the unofficial Cyanogenmod 7.1 Image requires the old one). The easiest way to change between baseband versions is to install the corresponding official firmware. To be able to install custom ROM images one has to get root access to the phone, voiding warranty in the process. The Android 2.2 firmware shipped by LG suffers a severe security vulnerability that can be exploited for this purpose by an app named Gingerbreak.[33] On the official Android 2.3 ROM images rooting by an Android App does not seem to work, yet with a PC connected by USB, SuperOneClick and the Android Debug Bridge one can get root access as well.[34] The easiest way to install a custom ROM from the SD-Card is to flash it through ClockworkMod recovery.

As of 2012 the official CyanogenMod 7.2 ROM has been reported as fully functional.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c LG 2010.
  2. ^ a b LG 2010a.
  3. ^ a b Sprint 2010.
  4. ^ GSMArena 2011.
  5. ^ LG 2011, p. 235.
  6. ^ FCC 2010.
  7. ^ "android_vendor_cyanogen / CHANGELOG.mkdn". Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  8. ^ Graham 2010.
  9. ^ LG 2010d.
  10. ^ Walmart 2011.
  11. ^ MetroPCS 2010.
  12. ^ LG 2010c.
  13. ^ AT&T Intellectual Property 2011.
  14. ^ T-Mobile USA 2011.
  15. ^ U.S. Cellular 2010.
  16. ^ Virgin Mobile USA 2011.
  17. ^ Verizon Wireless 2010.
  18. ^ Hardy, Ian. "Bell releasing LG Optimus Net October 27th". Mobile Syrup. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  19. ^ LG 2010b.
  20. ^ AndroidOS.in 2011.
  21. ^ DiPane, Jared (26 June 2011). "LG Optimus One receives official Gingerbread update in Romania". Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  22. ^ Shukla, Gaurav (8 July 2011). "LG Optimus One Gingerbread roll out starts in Europe; Optimus2x, 3D to follow". Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  23. ^ "LG Optimus One Gingerbread update starts rolling out". GSMArena.com.
  24. ^ http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/76377?tstart=0
  25. ^ Hardy, Ian. "Update: TELUS and Koodo LG Optimus One upgrade to OS 2.3 now available". Mobile Syrup. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  26. ^ "LG Optimus M+ Android Smartphone Release on MetroPCS". New Best Gadget Review and Specifications.
  27. ^ "How to Root LG Optimus S ZVJ Gingerbread". lg-phones.org.
  28. ^ Mat Smith. "Sprint and LG launch Optimus Elite: entry-level specifications, planet-saving hopes". Engadget. AOL.
  29. ^ http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/186002-netflix-fix-working-netflix-lg-optimus-s.html
  30. ^ "CyanogenMod Downloads". Cyanogenmod. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  31. ^ "Petition: Release OpenMax codecs for arm v6 OMX IL libs for Qualcomm's QDSP5 on MSM7227". qdevnet-forums. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  32. ^ "Cyanogenmod 11 LGP500". Cyanogenmod. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  33. ^ "Rooting LG Optimus One P500 using GingerBreak". Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  34. ^ Kuldeep, Singh. "How to Root Lg Optimus one P500 Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread". Retrieved 19 June 2012.


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