LG iQ is the LG eXpo, launching December 7th on AT&T with pico projector

LG eXpo
According to PhoneScoop, the LG iQ also know as the LG Monaco is going to launch on AT&T next week (Dec7) as the LG eXpo (LG GW820) with the optional Texas Instrument Pico projector (see it here in action). The Windows Mobile 6.5 device is aloso equiped with a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset, fingerprint reader and slide-out keyboard.

AT&T* and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc., today announced the LG eXpo will be available online beginning December 7. Featuring the first 1 GHz processor in the United States, the LG eXpo allows business professionals to meet their demanding data sharing needs while on the go. Available exclusively for AT&T customers, the handset will be compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology, which provides a considerable speed boost to the nation’s fastest 3G network. The LG eXpo is the first device in North America to support an optional integrated pico projector. The LG Mobile Projector snaps onto the back of the device and allows users to share presentations, slideshows and even online videos straight from their mobile phone. Weighing only 1.8 ounces and small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the LG mobile projector provides users with powerful new technology in a compact design, featuring a projection distance as far as eight feet “LG eXpo adds to our growing portfolio of smartphones that operate on the latest upgrade to our 3G network and offer customers a great choice,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “As we move to HSPA 7.2 technology, it is crucial to provide our customers innovative and future-proof smartphones.” With the upgrade to HSPA 7.2 technology, AT&T continues its investments to deliver the nation’s fastest 3G network.

AT&T plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 initially in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami by the end of the year. The company plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 in 25 of the nation’s 30 largest markets by the end of 2010, and to reach about 90 percent of its existing 3G network footprint with HSPA 7.2 by the end of 2011. LG eXpo also eliminates the need for pin codes and passwords with the exclusive “Smart Sensor” fingerprint recognition from AuthenTec, which delivers a new level of added smart and personal security unlike any other mobile phone in the market. AT&T is the first to offer U.S. subscribers a smartphone that leverages the features and functions of a smart sensor. The Smart Sensor complements the touchscreen user interface of the eXpo by also providing precise cursor control for text editing, 4-way menu navigation, and AuthenTec’s unique turbo-scroll feature for rapid browsing of long emails, contact lists or websites. The LG eXpo is loaded with Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional to help power users stay more connected with email, calendar and Microsoft® Office Mobile. The phone’s projection feature allows users to display Web pages, documents, photos and videos on the go. “LG eXpo is the perfect balance of mobile innovation and design” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president of product strategy and marketing for LG Mobile Phones. “Enabling users to meet their professional and personal computing needs from the palm of their hands, LG eXpo makes on-the-go communication an effortless luxury.”

Boasting a 3.2-inch external touchscreen with 16M color, LG eXpo features a sophisticated slider design with a full size QWERTY keypad. For the dynamic multi-tasker, LG eXpo provides users with powerful functionality that supports an RSS Viewer, Podcast and aGPS. In addition to a crystal clear 5.0 megapixel camera with built-in auto flash, LG eXpo can support up to a 16GB removable microSD memory card for premium music and photo storage. Beginning December 7, LG eXpo will be available to enterprise customers and for purchase online at www.att.com/lgexpo for $199.99 after mail-in rebate. Pay $299.99 and after mail-in rebate receive a $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two year agreement on a minimum $69.99 plan required. The LG Mobile Projector will be available in the coming weeks for $179.99. For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.

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Source: AT&T

Acer to launch more android phones next year

Acer‘s first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid, is fresh out of the gate and according to Aymar de Lencquesaing (Acer) this is the start of a long line of upcoming Android device set to launch in 2010:

Acer Inc started to sell its first mobile phone model running on Google’s Android software this week, and will introduce more Android handsets next year, the head of its phone unit said on Thursday.

The world’s second-largest PC brand entered the cellphone market this year with 10 models, with all but the Android phone using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.

“Next year it will be much more balanced,” Aymar de Lencquesaing told Reuters in an interview.

“There is definitely momentum behind Android. The pace is faster than most would have anticipated one year ago,” he said, adding that the company had no plans to use other operating systems.

Android had 3.5 percent of the global smartphone market in the quarter ended September, compared with none 12 months earlier, while Microsoft saw its market share fall to 8.8 percent from 13.6 percent a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys.

De Lencquesaing said Acer had no plans to follow top cellphone makers, which introduce 50-100 new handsets each year.

“Our sweet spot is probably 8-10 devices, there we would feel comfortable,” he said.

As reported earlier, Acer is slowly shifting from Windows Mobile to Android, but should be one of Microsoft’s launch partner when Windows Mobile 7 finally rolls out.

Source: Reuters

Samsung 3W (SPH-M8400) WiBro smartphone launched in South Korea

The Samsung 3W (SPH-M8400 or KT Show) which is a slightly re-designed Omnia II with Wibro (WiMAX) support is now officially out in South Korea. The device is currently only shipping to corporate users but should be available to consumers in mid-December. Specs are nearly identical to the Omnia II with the added WiBro & T-DBM Digital Mobile TV support. It does look like the device is running Windows Mobile 6.1 instead of 6.5 though.

Via: SamsungHub

Software glitch enables protrait mode on Nokia N900

As you probably already know, the Nokia N900 supports portrait mode only in two applications, the phone dialer and the photo album. Nokia already announced that an upcoming update to Maemo 5 should enable this rendering mode across more parts of the OS. In the mean time it seems that a software glitch actually makes it possible to uses the phone in portrait according to the following video posted by Guyver on the Maemo.org forums.

I probably cant recreate it again, but i just tilted the phone to launch the phone app then slide up the screen and closed the phone app.

Source: Maemo.org