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LG iPhone-like smart phone hits stores in Europe

Posted: 08 Nov 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LG Electronics smart phone  Apple iPhone  touchscreen 

LG Electronics has unveiled its iPhone-like smart phone in Europe, four days before Apple's iPhone goes on sale overseas.

The LG-KS20, which hit store shelves Nov. 6, sports the same thin rectangular design as the iPhone, but a smaller touchscreen at 2.8 inches diagonally versus iPhone's 3.5 inches. The LG phone also has a stylus for navigating the 240 x 320pixel screen, although it's not as interactive as iPhone's touchscreen, which enables the use of fingers to manipulate pictures, video, and data.

While the iPhone uses a mobile version of Apple's Mac OS X, the KS20 runs on version 6 of Microsoft's Windows Mobile for Pocket PC. The device includes an MP3 player, FM radio, and a 2Mpixel camera. The KS20 has 128Mbytes of memory, weighs 3.4 ounces, and has a battery life of four hours of talking, and 400 hours on standby.

Like the iPhone, the KS20 supports Wi-Fi for connecting to the Internet via wireless broadband, and also supports Bluetooth for wireless connections with other supporting devices, such as a notebook or headphone.

The iPhone has drawn media attention to the smartphone market, increasing consumer interest in the devices. Apple sold 14 lakh units within the first 90 days of the device's June 29 release in the United States, and its success has competitors rushing to market with alternatives. Besides LG, Nokia, Palm, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have launched challengers.

With the saturation of multifunction devices, analysts expect smart phone sales worldwide to grow from about 2 crore this year to 15 crore by 2011.

- Antone Gonsalves

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