LG Optimus Pro and Optimus Net dial in

Looking to get in on the Gingerbread party, but can't afford top dollar? LG may have the answer for you with the low-spec'd LG Optimus Pro or the LG Optimus Net - two entry-level smartphones that have just been announced by the Korean company.

The Optimus Pro (C660) we'd gotten wind of before, is a BlackBerry-like device that has a bottom positioned physical QWERTY (much like the Motorola Fire that's also recently gone official) and is designed for "simple social networking".

Simple might be the key ingredient to the Pro - the hardware on board doesn't suggest too much in the way of complexity.

It's got a 2.8-inch 240x320 capacitive TFT display and a MSM 7227T chipset (the same 800MHz one found in the Galaxy Gio or Ace). There's a paltry 256MB of RAM and just 150MB on on board storage (you will get a 2GB microSD in the box though).

Rumours of a lack of 3G have proved false fortunately - it packs HSDPA 3.6Mbp as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, AGPS and an FM radio. The camera is 3-megapixel.

The LG Optimus Net (P690) boasts a slightly beefier spec and packs all your social networking portals onto a handy widget on the front screen.

It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen (320x480), the same chipset as the Pro but double the RAM. Again, there's a lack of storage at 150MB. The camera is also 3-megapixel.

Interestingly, LG states that "specifications for the Optimus Net will vary market by market. Depending on the carrier, some of the phones in Europe will be Near Field Communication (NFC) capable for mobile payments". The US version will also feature a QWERTY keyboard.

No price or network details yet - just the promise that "the two smartphones will be available starting this summer, rolling out in 30 markets beginning in Europe".