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Preview: LG Viewty KU990 Phone

September 20, 2007 in Other Mobile Phones

I rarely write about non-Nokia phones (something that I am seriously trying to change, honest). You can see this just by looking at the number of entries I’ve accumulated in the “Other Mobile Phones” category: a grand total of 12, and probably a third of those don’t even belong there.

Meanwhile, I stumbled upon LG’s latest press release for it’s newest touch-screen phone: the Viewty. If you can get around the lousy name, the Viewty is actually quite an interesting device.

The new LG Viewty.

This is the picture of a 5.1 megapixel, 120 fps video recorder.

The LG Viewty Phone at a Glance

LG Viewty KU990

Operating Frequencies: Tri-band 900/1800/1900
Form Factor: Candy bar
Display: 3″ 240×400 QVGA touch-screen, up to 262k million colors supported
Camera: 5.1 megapixel, autofocus, Xenon flash, image stabilization, 120 fps video recording
Interface: ??
Memory: 170 MB internal, external microSD cards
Battery: ??
SAR value: ?? W/kg on ear, ?? W/kg on body (more info on SAR values and cell phone radiation here)
Connectivity: EDGE, HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0
Special Features: DivX-certified, handwriting recognition, ridiculous camera
Weight: 112 grams / 3.95 ounces
Dimensions: 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 mm

Release Date: October 2007
Expected Cost: ?? Euros
Buy From: ??

The Viewty isn’t your typical media smartphone.

The first tidbit that caught my eye in the press release was the “DiVX Certified” catchphrase. While DiVX (the company) provides a mobile version of its video player and codec for smartphones, it’s nice to see the software built-in for once.

So what else is there? The ubiquitous touch-screen, of course. Three inches wide in this case. Not to take anything away from the iPhone, but LG had the touch-screen idea before Apple (see LG Prada).

But quite unlike the Prada, the Viewty comes standard with a 5.1 megapixel digital camera, complete with manual focus, image stabilization, and xenon flash. Oh yeah, it also does 120 fps video recording (DivX compressed?). Crazy.

Aside from that, we get some typical high-end connectivity options: EDGE, HSDPA, and Bluetooth 2.0. Sadly, the phone’s tri-band (900/1800/1900) so don’t expect it to be hitting the USA any time in the near future.

The LG Viewty will start shipping in mid-October, mainly to Europe.

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DK
2/7/2008
11:14 am

Hey , i have a question, when i start recording 120fps video the screen turns a little black and thats kinda annoying , anyobody know how i can fix it or if its a technical problem?

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