LG Debuts GD880 3.2-inch Touchscreen Smartphone

Korean consumer electronics giant LG has released a new smartphone, the LG GD880, which it is touting as the smallest and thinnest 3.2-inch touchscreen model currently on the market.

The 16:9 screen is surrounded by a very thin bezel (ed: take a cue, Apple) and the phone, formerly known as the Mini, comes with a 5-megapixel camera without flash but with face detection, WiFi and HSDPA 3G connectivity.

As for the size, well, it is only 48mm wide by 11mm deep and stands at 102mm tall, all for a weight of only 99 grams. By comparison, the iPhone is 36 grams heavier, one whole centimeter taller and 14mm wider.

We'd think that it has aGPS, push email and an FM radio onboard, the Social Network Connect tool (to interface with Twitter and Facebook) with support for MicroSD card and what LG calls a finish that's as "smooth as ice".

Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company said in a statement that "We developed the LG Mini in response to specific requests from actual consumers who were unhappy with current full touchscreen phones that are too bulky, too clunky and too expensive".

Expect the phone to go on sale as early as April in the UK with mainland Europe likely to receive it as early as March.

Our Comments

Recombu reckons that you should be able to buy the LG mini for as little as £150 on Pay as you go. We'd pitch for £199 on PAYG instead with pay monthly packages starting from as little as £20 per month. We'd refrain from going for a phone that's not sturdy and solid, but this one certainly feels like it's build out of steel.

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