LG has rolled out another Android smartphone, the LU2300, which looks like a slightly modified LG BL40 Chocolate with a QWERTY keyboard thrown in and will replace the GW620 which was launched late last year.
The smartphone comes with a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, the commonly available 1GHz Snapdragon SoC, a four-line slide out QWERTY keyboard, support for DivX, a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) mobile TV tuner and WiFi.
The LU2300 keeps the same 5-megapixel camera of the GW620 and has Android v2.1 thrown in as well, complemented by a few augmented reality applications. Whether Google Goggles is included in there remains to be seen.
The phone – which was announced at the end of February 2010 – is expected to be launched in Korea by the end of the month and unfortunately there has been no confirmation that a European version of the phone will be out soon.
It will face some tough competition from the likes of the Sony Ericsson X10 which boosts a QWERTY keyboard as well with a bigger screen but an older, obsolete version of Android (ed : LG hasn’t confirmed whether the GW620 would be updated to v2.1 as well).
A TV Tuner on a smartphone, now that’s impressive especially if unlike other Chinese models, you don’t need to pull out the antenna like on old AM radio tuners. Good to see that LG is finally bringing some competition out to face the HTC Armada.
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