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LG Partners With Orange Over "Stunning" Viewty GC900, Promises 12MP Cameraphone For Late 2009

Orange will be launching the LG Viewty GC900 Smart mobile phone in the next few weeks as the Korean manufacturer looks to replicate the success of its predecessor, the Viewty KU900.

The latter has sold more than 7 million units since its launch in 2007 and more than 300,000 units in the first five weeks of its European release.

The GC900 is a 8-megapixel cameraphone with a 3-inch WVGA touchscreen (that's a staggering 800 x 480 pixels) and an S-class Touch User interface. Its excellent video capabilities means that it can record footage in DVD quality and boosts some "intelligent shot mode" as well as a rather impressive ISO 1600 rating.

There's only a LED (rather than a more powerful Xenon) flash but the rest of the spec sheet is fairly impressive: HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, DiVX, video out, Dolby sound and a stunningly thin chassis.

LG Mobile president and CEO Dr. Skott Ahn said in a statement that "Viewty’s popularity is due to its combination of advanced technology and innovative design. We are continuing to establish our dedication to providing revolutionary camera phones that set market benchmarks as the original Viewty did.

The manufacturer has also announced that a 12-megapixel camera phone will be launched later this year, perhaps ahead of Sony Ericsson's own 12-megapixel model, dubbed idou.

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Our Comments

The GC900 would have been the perfect camera phone for us had it sported a 3.5-inch touchscreen. LG has been smart enough until now by pricing its products fairly. The LG Cookie for example is available for under £100 and so are a number of touchscreen LG smartphones including the original Viewty.

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