Mobile phone network Orange has confirmed that it will be selling the LG G910 mobile phone in the UK; the mobile phone watch comes with a Bluetooth handset and a smallish touchscreen interface.
The phone was introduced last year and made an appearance at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The watch, which offers HSDPA features and video calling, will be sold later this year.
The G910 has a curved tempered glass face (ed: will it be scratchproof?), complete with a metal casing and only 13.9mm thick. You will be able to make calls without the handset thanks to a built in microphone and speaker.
Users will be able to surf the internet although on a 1.43-inch screen, that might be very challenging. No details as to whether it will be water/splash proof or whether it has a camera.
During a live demo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile, stated that: “How else can you re-enact those scenes from your favourite sci-fi or spy movie? LG is the first company to introduce a mobile phone with the wearable device technology. We will continue to develop category-creating products to form a new market, based on our technological leadership and design capability.”
Analysts reckon that the watch-phone will be on sale for £100 on a 18-month contract.
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