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OFFICIAL: LG announces the LG KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 30.08.07 - 12:23:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 35291x
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As expected, today during its IFA press conference, LG officially unveiled the LG KS20, LG's brand now Prada look-alike Windows Mobile 6 Professional HSDPA smartphone with a large color touchscreen. Its super-fast network access capabilities and intuitive touch input technology combine to enrich the mobile internet experience for users. It features full internet browsing capabilities and downloads everything from music and video clips to push E-Mail at speed of 3.6 Mbps through HSDPA. It also allows for advanced features like videoconferencing, taking advantage of the phone's dual cameras.

As expected, the handset is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 Professional and measures 99.5 x 58 x 12.8 mm at 95 g. The KS20 supports triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS and HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore it supports Bluetooth 2.0 but WiFi support is left. The QVGA display measures 2.8" and supports the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors only. The 2 megapixel autofocus CMOS is located on the back, on the front the device features a VGA camera for UMTS video telephony. Photos and videos can be stored on 128 MB ROM which can be extended through microSD memory cards.

The LG KS20 is expected to become available in October, prices will be announced when available.

UPDATE: Added more high-resolution photos of the LG KS20 (click to enlarge).

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by MTM on 30.08.07 - 15:19:02

A very nice phone indeed. By "WiFi support is left" you mean there's no WiFi?

I'm pretty sure this phone is using the Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset, which both supports WiFi and GPS. If both things are disabled, I wonder if it's only software-disabled, meaning that it's hopefully possible to enable it by a little tweaking/hacking.

Any information about the battery? I think it's only 800 mAh. Could be a deal breaker.

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.08.07 - 15:59:33

MTM wrote:

A very nice phone indeed. By "WiFi support is left" you mean there's no WiFi?

Right, that's what I mean. Seems this device will be available in two version with and without WiFi. While I've seen a photo which indicates WiFi is available, it seems Vodafone doesn't wants it and AFAIK Vodafone is the operator, which is going to introduce it first (even if unconfirmed yet).

I'm pretty sure this phone is using the Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset, which both supports WiFi and GPS. If both things are disabled, I wonder if it's only software-disabled, meaning that it's hopefully possible to enable it by a little tweaking/hacking.

Not sure. You might be able to "hack" it but if there is no antenna inside, you will not have too much luck using either the one or the other.

Any information about the battery? I think it's only 800 mAh. Could be a deal breaker.

There is no information about the battery available. As you might have seen, the press information is pretty incomplete and the information above was the best I was able to collect.

But anyway, for me most important is the question how the user interface will look. If LG keeps it Windows Mobile" original or if LG adds something similar to the HTC Touch or goes even further to make it really usable without a stylus.

Posted by MTM on 30.08.07 - 16:14:57

Thanks for the reply, Arne.

Now I'm more relaxed, as I'm in Denmark and won't get it through Vodafone, so the WiFi-enabled model should be the one arriving here. Now when you mention it, I have actually seen that photo with WiFi enabled, too.

You're right about the antenna part. That could prove pretty difficult to do only by means of the software :p

According to a pretty reliable source on the Mobile-Review.com forum, LG should have done something similar to what HTC has done with HTC Touch to the UI on LG KS20.

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