MWC 2008: LG

LG managed to surprise us with almost a dozen of brand new handsets, which pretty much seems to set the record for this edition of the Mobile World Congress. While not all are high-end devices, each one has its own appeal.
But before we proceed with the handsets, a little timeout is due with an enigmatic timepiece by LG. They presented a behind-the-glass teaser of their soon-to-be LG Watch phone. The teaser gadget is locked up and off limits to us, but at least we snatched a few shots of it. For what we’ve seen (no touch), it’s got a Shine-like navigation scroller, media player, touch screen (we guess) and, well, analog-style clock. But enough clever talk, check out those shots.

Next we continued our booth tour with the spanking novelty LG KF700 – a multimedia slider, which stands out with its multiple control-and-navigation methods. The handset puts together a 3" touchscreen display, slide-out standard keypad and the novel Shortcut Dial at the back, which somehow resembles the LG Viewty’s Jog in its functionality.

LG KF700 sports a full featured Web browser integrating Google Search, Blogs, Gmail, Maps and Youtube. HSDPA enhances web browsing and makes video calls possible. Other goodies include an MP3 player, MPEG4 video player, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and image stabilizer, Bluetooth and microSD memory expansion.

The tri-band slider offers a 3" 262K-color touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 480 pixels. The thing we liked the best about it is that in terms of user interface speed and responsiveness it’s way beyond what LG Viewty can offer.

The LG KF700 will start selling in Europe towards the end of 1Q 2008, before it gets available in other markets.

Next in line is the European debut of the LG KF600. Its key feature is the InteractPad – a small touch-sensitive display beneath the main screen that is used for navigation, with context-specific virtual keys that change across applications. To enhance the user experience, the InteractPad is haptic-enabled.

The user interface of the LG KF600 takes full advantage of the eight graphic themes designed by graffiti artists Keith Haring, that can remarkably change the look and feel of the device.

The LG KF600 multimedia capabilities include a 3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, video recording and FM radio. The handset offers Bluetooth 2.0 and a microSD card slot.

The tri-band slider, with EDGE support but no HSDPA, features a 262K-color 2" QVGA display, the InteractPad is 1.5" 262K-color with a resolution of 240 x 176 pixels. The LG KF600 will be available in pastel pink, shiny pink, wine red and titan.

The slim LG KF510 is another attractive slider. At just 10.9 mm thickness, the stylish LG KF510 flaunts a metal frame with a special metal gradation paintjobs in Stardust Dark Gray or Sunset Red.

Featuring the Interactive Touch Lighting technology, the friendly handling of LG KF510 is on par with its attractive exterior. The key features include a 3 megapixel AF camera with flash, MP3 player, QVGA video recording and playback, FM radio.

The tri-band handset offers EDGE, Bluetooth with A2DP, USB and a microSD card slot. The tempered-glass covered 2.2" 262K-color display supports QVGA resolution. The LG-KF510 will be available in March.

Among the other announcements today was the LG KT610 – a Symbian S60 device offering a full QWERTY keyboard and taking after the form factor of the Nokia Communicator handsets.

The LG KT610 has a large 2.4-inch internal display and a tiny 1.45-inch external one. The QWERTY keyboard is complemented by an external alphanumeric keypad for convenient dialing.

Standing at 17.2 mm thickness, the LG KT610 also has a 2 megapixel camera.

LG KM500 is a music-enabled slider pitched as a professional quality music phone with a 2 megapixel camera. It sports a 2-inch QVGA display, dedicated music keys and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The LG KM500 comes with 1GB microSD memory card in the package and microSDHC support.

Another music slider, LG KM710 runs on easy music control through the front Jog Wheel and music interactive display. The main display is a 2" QVGA one, while in place of the navigation D-pad there’s a 128 x 128 pixels 1.1" touchscreen display with support for up to 65K colors.

The LG KF310 is a browsing-centric slider with a 2 megapixel camera. It’s UMTS-enabled and has a 2-inch display with a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels.

The LG KF310 comes complete with a Google package, which includes Google search, Google Maps and GMail.

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