LG trumpets 1 million Optimus One sales

LG said it has sold 1 million of its Optimus One Android smartphones worldwide, a bright spot of news for the handset maker, which has struggled to gain traction in the smartphone market.

LG sells its Optimus S, left, through Sprint Nextel, and its Optimus T through T-Mobile. Click here for details.The company said it reached the milestone 40 days after the device first debuted. The Optimus One is a mid-range Android handset that has apparently found wide appeal among first-time smartphone buyers. The device runs Android 2.2, has a 600 MHz processor, 3.2-inch screen, 3-megapixel camera and WiFi. LG said the device will soon be available from 120 operators and expects to ship 10 million units, which would be a first for the company.

LG's Optimus line of phones is similar to Samsung's higher-end Galaxy S line. By comparison, Samsung said it sold 1 million Galaxy S phones within the first three weeks of global availability, and the company sold 1 million in the U.S. market after 45 days of availability.

In the United States, LG's phone is sold as the Optimus S on Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and Optimus T on T-Mobile USA. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is set to offer the LG Vortex, an Optimus device, starting Nov. 18.

While LG still claims the No. 3 handset maker ranking in terms of volume, its smartphone market share remains minuscule--something LG has vowed to reverse. In the third quarter, LG's mobile communications unit posted a record operating loss of $270 million, which came on the back of a $101 million operating loss in the second quarter. Sales dropped 30 percent in the third quarter year-over-year. LG shipped 28.4 million units in the third quarter, down 10 percent from the year-ago quarter and down 7 percent from the second quarter.

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