LG BL40 New Chocolate review

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Here’s a review of LG‘s high-end premium feature phone the BL40 with 21:9 aspect ration capacitive touchscreen. This one is from Engadget who hand the chance to handle the device for a while and posted a couple of videos and picture samples taken with the device. Here’s their conclusion:

It’s hard for a company like LG, which doesn’t quite have the first tier mobile manufacturer cachet of the likes of Nokia and Sony Ericsson, to sell premier high-margin items such as this BL40 handset. We think its approach on the hardware front is absolutely spot on – by using high grade materials and a unique design, the Korean giant has certainly put together a device that grabs and merits our attention. What LG needs now is that same level of care and painstaking refinement to be applied to the software side of its phones. That need not necessarily be done by LG itself, with Android taking rapid steps forward in its development and Microsoft recently updating Windows Mobile to a marginally more usable version 6.5. At any rate, we were left frustrated by LG’s own effort in the BL40, which kept taking one step forward, and one and a half back wherever we turned.

The BL40 is an excellently constructed, well thought out machine that fills our sex appeal box to the top. Where we found LG’s watchphone lacking that extra bit of pizzazz to make it compelling, the BL40′s design exudes just the right amount of eccentricity and flair to make it an aesthetically drool-worthy device. Regrettably, its beauty is mostly skin deep, as it’s let down by an overly ambitious and inconsistent user experience. We see a lot of potential down the road, but as it stands today, the BL40 is just a pretty, shiny pretender that lacks the internal fortitude to challenge the incumbent market leaders.

Keep in mind that LG has signed a deal with Microsoft too launch 50 new Windows Mobile smartphones in the coming years and Microsoft has Windows Mobile LG Team currently working on Windows Mobile 7

Source: Engadget

LG BL40 Chocolate Touch launching this month in Europe, worldwide in October

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Today LG is announcing that their new top of the line featurephone, the BL40 Chocolate Touch, in launching in Europe this September, followed by the rest of the world in October. Here’s the ress release:

Seoul (Korea Newswire) September 4, 2009 — LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced the worldwide retail release of the highly anticipated new Chocolate (LG-BL40). The stunning fourth handset of the Black Label Series will be available in Europe from mid-September before making its way around the world.

With the introduction of this bold new shape, the new Chocolate is essentially reinventing the way consumers view and use mobile phones. Designed with sleek sophistication, the strikingly unconventional 4-inch wide screen opens up an enlarged and more optimal space for “on-the-go” computing, allowing for an entirely new mobile experience that raises the bar of innovation.

Users will see things differently with the widened 21:9 panoramic display that establishes a new level of visual comfort for the reading of web pages and e-mail and dramatically brings videos and games to life with cinematic flair. Going wide also allows for the dual screen era to finally be brought to handsets for enhanced usability, which when combined with LG’s upgraded and intuitive S-Class UI brings a whole new meaning to the words “user friendly”.

“The new LG Chocolate will dramatically change the way we interact with our phones,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new Chocolate reflects the originality and sophistication of the Black Label Series and like its predecessor, we are confident that the new Chocolate will create its own legacy and further enhance our standing in the market.”

Beginning from the UK, the new LG Chocolate will be released across the Europe in September and will be expanded to the rest of the world from October 2009.

Here’s a pretty neat hands-on video of the phone posted on Engadget where you can see that LG did a pretty good job optimizing th whole UI for the phone. Shame that’s not a smartphone though… : here

Source: LG

More Verizon release dates leaks: Storm 2, HTC Desire, Motorola Sholes, LG BL 40 Chocolate Touch

Verizon is leaking like the Titanic lately. Here’s a little summary of today’s rumors :

First PhoneArena got their hands on a picture highlighting the existence of an HTC Android phone called the HTC Desire (6200) coming to Verizon.
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The second leak comes from BlackBerryOS claims to have a Verizon internal document that says that the Storm 2 will be released on October 14, the LG BL40 Chocolate Touch in Mid-October and the Morotla Sholes in October.

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Let’s wait & see..

Source: PhoneArena & BlackBerryOS

Full upcoming Verizon handsets roadmap leaked

Once again the BGR boys got the hands on some exclusive carrier news. This time it is Verizon‘s upcoming handsets’ release dates and prices. Here’s the full breakdown:

- Samsung Rogue: Aug / $370
- Nokia Twist 7705: Sept / $230
- Samsung Intensity: Sept / $160
- LG Chocolate Touch: Oct / $230
- Motorola Sholes: OCT / TBD
- HTC Razzle/Blitz 2: Oct / TBD (low cost Qwerty device)
- BlackBerry Storm 2: Oct / TBD
- BlackBerry Curve 2: Nov / TBD

There’s no mention of the Samsung Omnia II unfortunately.

Source: BGR

LG BL40 New Chocolate video hands-on

The lucky chaps over at mobiles.co.uk got a chance to handle LG’s latest premium phone for a little while. The LG BL40 still looks strange, thanks to the really wide 4-inch 21:9 display. They blessed us with a painfully out-of-focus video that you can watch below:

Source: mobiles.co.uk via Engadget

LG BL40 hands-on preview

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The lucky russian boys over at Mobile@Mail.Ru got a chance to play with LG’s latest and coolest gadget, the BL40. A big part of the preview focus on the new implementation of the S-Class UI in regards to the 21:9 screen on the phone. It seems like LG did a good job in this case and really polished the user experience this time around. Another interesting info is the price, 800$ without a contract..ouch.

Read the whole preview here

Via: Engadget

Official LG BL 40 New Chocolate shots

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After numerous leaks, LG finally released Official shots of the soon to be announced premium feature phone, the BL40 “New Chocolate”. The phone does look strange thanks to the ultra-wide 4″ 800×345 display. I’m guessing that it runs an update version of LG S-Class UI which is said to be Flash based (hopefully snappier that the current S-Class phones). Not much is known about the chipset used, is it the same AMD A250(pdf) chip found in the Arena or something new like nVidia’s Tegra or Qualcomm’s SnapDragon ?

Source : Engadget