Specs summary


The LG Optimus Elite's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.


There is a Single Core 800 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1520 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 438 minutes (2G), 432 minutes (3G).

The LG Optimus Elite is friendly to the earth and your wallet, at the expense of power and performance.

- Alex Colon , PC Magazine 

Reviews summary

Based on 4 reviews

In today’s Android smartphone-filled world, it’s getting harder and harder to find products that can bring something unique to the table. Many of today’s latest models use the same form factors, come with the same features, and run the same types of software. This makes it difficult to find anything that has any truly distinguishing characteristics over the competition.

Enter the LG Optimus Elite, an ordinary-looking handset that boasts all the most important features you could ask for in a smartphone and a handful of extras that make it a little special. Though it may not look like it, it’s actually eco-friendly, and comes pre-loaded with Google Wallet plus 50GB of free Box online storage.

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The Optimus Elite comes in the handy bar form factor and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5MP autofocus camera with built-in flash, 1GB internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. According to the official spec sheet, its standard 1,520 mAh battery lasts up 7.3 hours of talk time. That gives users plenty of time to enjoy its support for CDMA networks and EV-DO Rev. A data.

Some may fault the Optimus Elite for not having a speedier processor or support for 4G LTE, but the truth is that it’s a pretty good handset overall, especially if you consider the fact that it ships with a bunch of useful extras. It may not quite live up to its name in terms of actual hardware and software features, but what’s important is that it will not disappoint.

Need to Know: LG Optimus Elite

1. Pre-loaded with Google Wallet and comes with 50GB of free Box storage. (The Good)

2. Long battery life. (The Good)

3. Runs an older version of Android. (The Bad)

4. Boring design and non-impressive build quality. (The Bad)

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


It's no more than an average Android phone with a less than elite design

from Cnet
The LG Optimus Elite succeeds at the basic while throwing in a few extras like Google Wallet and Visual Voicemail. Camera quality is quite good. The LG Optimus Elite packs a couple of interesting extras, but at its core it's no more than an average Android phone with a less than elite design... Full review
PC Magazine

A reasonable amount of smartphone power in an earth-friendly package.

from PC Magazine
For $29.99, the LG Optimus Elite gets you a reasonable amount of smartphone power in an earth-friendly package. It isn't a bad choice, but it's running on specs from over a year ago. It faces stiff competition from more powerful phones at equally affordable prices. The Optimus Elite is okay if you want to go green, but there are better options available... Full review
Android Central

Green, eco-friendly, and price conscious, the LG Optimus is certainly a budget phone

from Android Central
The LG Optimus Elite certainly continues the trend of affordable Android devices that the Optimus S introduced. Unfortunately, unless it gets some extreme developer support (like it's predecessor), this phone is destined to sit at the bottom of the clearance rack, while all the newer, faster, less environmentally friendly phones get all bought up... Full review

A worthy successor to the Optimus S

from PhoneArena
The Optimus One line of phones set the bar for entry-level Android devices, and the Optimus Elite is a worthy successor to the Optimus S. It improves on the winning formula in just about every category, and while it may have shortcomings it is still the entry level phone to beat in our opinion. It is not going to stand up to a heavy graphics load, produce images like the HTC One series or deliver the speed of a quad core processor, but for those on a budget looking to run some basic apps and browse the web the Optimus Elite will not disappoint... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 22, 2012
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Processor Single Core 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
1 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.819 W/kg
Body: 0.97 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1520 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
438 minutes (2G)
432 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 6.3 x 1.0 cm
(4.6 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 120 grams
(4.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Google+, Google Latitude, Google Places, Polaris Office, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG LS696

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