LG eXpo suffering from production & manufacturing delays?


The LG eXpo which launched last December on AT&T seems to be suffering from several production/manufacturing issues according to Art Stewart, vice president of wireless products AuthenTec provider of the fingerprint sensor found on the eXpo. LG “has antenna issues” with e devices and “We shipped thousands of [sensors] to LG…but there has been a delay,” Stewart told Forbes. On the other hand LG and AT&T are claimed that the handset is currently out-of-stock because of “strong demand” and that “We are working with all our partners to address this issue and expect to have product available soon.” Let’s hop that LG finally fixes whatever is wrong before the launch on their Window Phone 7 Series handset (LG Panther).

Source: Forbes

LG eXpo UI & software video tour

The boys are Pocketnow just uploaded a UI & Software walk through video of the LG Expo GW820. You’ll see the sort of “lite” version of LG’s S-Class UI that’s sitting on top of Windows Mobile 6.5 and other customization added to the phone.

Source: Pocketnow

LG eXpo GW820 hands-on videos

Following their text review here comes PhoneArena‘s video hands-on video of the LG eXpo GW820 WM6.5 smartphone:

Here’s another eXpo / GW820 video hands-on:

via: WMPU

Get an LG eXpo for only $49 on Amazon


Today is the day ifyou plan to get yourself an LG eXpo smartphone. The device is currently available for $49 ($99 + $50 gift card) with a 2 year contract on AT&T. Head over here.

Souurce: Amazon via PicoProjector-info

LG Expo GW820 reviewed


The boys a PhoneArena just posted their full review of LG‘s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the Expo (also known as the iQ in Canada). LG seems to have done a solid job this time around :

LG did a wonderful job in disassociating itself from the sour after taste that left us with the LG INCITE. They’ve clearly reworked their designs and managed to produce a worthy Windows Mobile smartphone that will aim to please a wide range of users with its impressive lists of features. Not only does the S-Class interface make its US debut on the eXpo, but it adds a lot of visual flare that we haven’t seen stateside to make it a refreshing option for users consistently seeing either TouchFLO 3D or TouchWiz dominating the scene. Finally, the implementation of the pico projector opens up a plethora of implications that can cater to a whole new list of needs. The X in eXpo marks the spot where LG clearly differentiates itself in being a prominent figure in the Windows Mobile landscape.

As with all Windows Mobile 6.5 device you will still come across a lot of UI inconsistency, but if you really need a WinMo device on AT&T the LG eXpo is a good choice.

source: PhoneArena

LG eXpo hardware video tour

The boys at Pocketnow just posted a hardware tour video of the recently released Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the LG eXpo (iQ / Monaco). The device looks well build as it is usually the case with LG’s phone, the only thing “missing” IMO is a capacitive touch-panel instead of the resistive one featured here. Once you’ve gone capacitive there’s no going back…

Source: Pocketnow

LG eXpo GW820 hands-on and video


Engadget just posted their quick hands-on impressions of the LG eXpo. It is worth noting that the eXpo is the first SnapDragon powered device officially available in North-America (you had to import the Acer neoTouch/Toshiba TG01 etc) and also the first smartphone to feature an optional pico-projector. The only downside seems to be the lack of 3.5mm jack (one can say that the resistive screen isn’t a plus too..):

You might think that slipping a mighty 1GHz Snapdragon processor this package works wonders, but after using the eXpo for a while, we’re not so sure. It’s not that the Snapdragon isn’t a brilliantly capable core, it’s that it’s simply not playing in the same league as a bone-stock WinMo 6.5 build like the eXpo uses — it’s like trying to race a Ferrari in a parking garage (don’t anyone dare make a The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift reference here). In terms of everyday usability, we’d venture that an old-school 528MHz MSM7201A (like that found in the Tilt2) would work just as well — and you’d get more battery life out of it to boot. Cores like OMAP3 and Snapdragon excel at powering flashy, modern, animation-intensive user interfaces, and considering that 6.5 is basically a tweaked version of a UI we saw early this decade, it doesn’t need (nor can it really take advantage of) this kind of processing power effectively. Gaming capability alone might justify it, but goodness knows WinMo isn’t anyone’s mobile gaming platform of choice these days. Perhaps the one place where you’d think the Snapdragon would pay dividends — browsing — didn’t seem to have much of an effect; we didn’t have an MSM7200-based phone side by side to benchmark it, but the eXpo doesn’t scroll or zoom in IE Mobile with the creamy smoothness you might expect (it’s not bad, it’s just not anything special). We can’t believe we’re saying it, but yeah: this might be the first, last, and only time we wish a Snapdragon phone had an MSM7200 series chipset instead. Revel in it, because you won’t see us making that statement very often.

Obviously the fact that Windows Mobile 6.X (WinCE 5.2) doesn’t natively support the SnapDragon doesn’t help. Engadget is right in saying that an MSM72XX wouldn’t have made much of a difference espcialy given the fact that there’s no fancy UI.

PhoneArena did a short video of the device:

Source: Engadget

LG eXpo (GW820) now on sale at AT&T

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After being delayed acouple of days, the LG eXpo (Monaco /iQ) is finally available through AT&T for $199 on a 2-year contract. This is actualy the first Windows Phone sold in North America that features a SnapDragon chipset. The optional pico -projector is also a first. The device is also out in Canada on Telus since last week.

Source: AT&T

Telus launches the LG iQ (eXpo)

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Canada’s Telus is officially launching the LG iQ today. As you already know the iQ is the canadian name of the eXpo (formely known as the LG Monaco) which recently launch on AT&T in the US. It’s LG’s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone and also their frist SanpDragon powered device. For more LG iQ/Expo click here.

Source: Telus via TheMobileninjas & WMPU

LG eXpo Avatar promo video

Here’s a pormo video of AT&T’s LG eXpo (GW820)done by LG to pormote the device and James Cameron’s upcoming movie Avatar. The video goes on to show some unboxing action, UI walkthrough, Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Pico projector:

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Source: LG eXpo via WMPoweruser

LG eXpo (GW820) hands-on preview and videos


PhoneScoop posted their hand-on impression of the LG eXpo (iQ / Monaco / GW820) & the optional Pico projector. They found the device to be good but not great and where disappointed by a few things, like the presence of LG’s proprietary data/charging/headphones port and the resistive screen (they thought it would be capacitive).

The slider mechanism feels solid and good. Opening and closing the eXpo is easy-breezy. The QWERTY keyboard felt fantastic. The keys had a really nice shape to them, were well spaced, and had excellent travel and feedback. I was really impressed with the action on the keyboard.

The eXpo runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. For the most part, that’s what you see most of the time you interact with the device. However, if you wish, users can choose to open an menu system that was devised by LG for Windows Mobile. It’s a proprietary menu that sits on top of WinMo. It is not a user interface overlay. It’s simply a different way to interact with the menu. Rather than the off-set Windows Mobile pattern, it offers four neat rows of applications. Users can scroll sideways through each row to find more applications. It’s not immediately intuitive, but it makes sense it its own way.
In all, the hardware isn’t bad. It’s definitely a more usable phone that LG’s first Windows Mobile effort from last year, the Incite.

LG’s first Windows Mobile phone isn’t the Incite, it’s the KS20 released back in November 2007. Anyway, here’s what they thought about the Pico projector

The projector simply projects whatever is on the screen. You can choose to show things in landscape mode (default setting) or manually switch it to portrait mode. According to LG, the projector can project an image with a diameter of 40 inches a maximum distance of eight feet. That’s more than enough to share photos, video clips and, well, PowerPoint presentations.

It’s not exactly super bright, but even in a well lit Starbucks, I was able to make everything out when the screen was projected onto a dark brown wall. Shine it on a white wall in a dark room, and I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Finally here are two videos of the device in action:

The Pico Projector in action:

The Authentec fingerprint reader which can also be used a sensing directional trackpad:

Source: PhoneScoop via WMPoweruser

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

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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.

For more information and detailed disclaimer information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom. Find more information online: Web Site Links: Related Media Kits: AT&T Web Site AT&T Wireless Web Site Wireless Networks AT&T Mobile Phones Related Releases: AT&T Leads the U.S. in Smartphones and Integrated Devices Related Fact Sheets: AT&T Network Coverage Map *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T ?DIRECTVSM brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T’s Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

© 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. About LG Electronics, Inc. LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2008 global sales of USD44.7 billion, LG is comprised of five business units –- Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world’s leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lge.com. About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communication and information company. LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world with its cutting-edge technology and innovative handset design capabilities. Increasingly, LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products. LG will continue to take leadership in the mobile communication environment with stylish designs and smart technology.

Check out the official product page here

Source: AT&T

Short LG iQ and Pico projector hands-on video

Here’s a new video of the LG iQ (Monaco) in action, this time with the optional Pico projector strapped to it (in place of the battery cover). Unfortunately the video is short and not much is seen The device is still expected to launch on Telus for the holidays.

Source: Howardchui via WMpoweruser

LG iQ video demonstration

MobileSyrup managed to get some LG iQ action on video for us. The device features a fingerprint reader to unlock the devices but seems to feature a resistive touchscreen and no stylus (would have been great if it had a capacitive panel). The device is expected to launch in Canada on Telus for $99 on contract before the end of the year.

The specs of the device are the following:

- Windows Mobile 6.5
- 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800
- 4-row slide out QWERTY keyboard
- Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset @ 1Ghz
- 5 megapixel camera with auto focus
- Wifi, BT2.1, aGPS
- 1500Mha battery
- 113 x 55 x 15.6 mm 127g
- Optional Pico projector

Source: MobileSyrup via wmpoweruser

LG iQ aka Monaco live pictures


Here are the first real life pictures of the LG iQ (Monaco) SnapDragon WM6.5 smartphone we talked about not long ago. The phone is supposedly heading to Telus in Canada.

Source: TheMobileNinjas thanks for the tip Mikos

The LG Monaco becomes the LG iQ, headed to Telus


It looks like the long rumored LG Monaco, which was supposed to be one of the first Windows Mobile 7 device to hit the market according to a leaked AT&T slide, is now the LG iQ running Windows Mobile 6.5 ans a SnapDragon chipset. The smartphone appeared in a Best Buy add earlier this month and is now headed to Canada’s Telus in early December.

Source: MobileSyrup & Mobile Ninjas via WMPoweruser

LG announces SnapDragon Android smatphone for Q2 2010

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It’s starting to look like Microsoft & LG’s alliance was nothing but a PR stunt so far (Windows Mobile was/is supposed to LG’s exclusive smartphone OS). LG announced today that they are going to launch a new Android handset equipped with a Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset in South Korea in Q2 2010. No word on the international release though. So let’s recap, The MS/LG deal was announced in February, since then LG hasn’t announced/released any “new” Windows Mobile device (we knew about the GM730/750 & GW550 before Feb 09) but launched the GW620 Android smartphone and is now announcing a SnapDragon Android device. Hey where’s the LG Monaco?

Source: Etnews.kr via SlashGear

HP Obsidian and LG Monaco coming to AT&T this November

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More tips form BGR today. This time about the HP Obsidian and LG Monaco Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones. According to the screenshot above, these two devices are supposed to launch on AT&T network this November. It also looks like the Samsung Jack and Epix will get a WM 6.5 upgrade. Nothing else is known though.

Source: BGR

LG set to launch 3 new Windows Mobile phones this year and 10 more in 2010

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Looks like Microsoft’s and LG’s teams are hard at work. LG just announced that they are going to launch 3 new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones in the coming weeks. A full touchscreen device, a touch slider with QWERTY keyboard device (LG Monaco?) and finally a non-touchscreen bar-type QWERTY device, the GW550 (pictured above). 10 more devices are planned to launch in 2010 ( probably with Windows Mobile 7 on some of them).

Here’s the full Press Release:

Seoul (Korea Newswire) September 3, 2009 — LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced the imminent launch of three new Windows phones in the next few weeks, delivering on LG’s commitment to further grow its share of the global smartphone market. The three devices will kick off LG’s most aggressive smartphone strategy to date, which will ultimately result in a total of 13 new LG-branded Windows® phones launched globally before the end of 2010.

The three latest additions to LG’s expanding smartphone line-up and the first to include the new Windows Mobile® 6.5 operating system include a full touchscreen device, a touch slider with QWERTY keyboard and a QWERTY bar-type handset. The three phones will be aimed at different segments of the market ranging from premium to affordable smartphones. The phones will be introduced initially for early adopter customers in Europe, the United States and Asia before being made available globally.

Designed with usability in mind, LG’s latest smartphone offerings will highlight the touch-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface of Windows Mobile 6.5 which delivers an easier and faster smartphone experience for users. These Windows® phones will be supported by LG’s own distinctive S-Class User Interface, which offers a unique 3D experience that works with Microsoft’s familiar operating system.

“This initial launch is a strong testament that LG is committed to offering a spectrum of choices for our broad range of customers,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our work with Microsoft on mobile devices reflects our strategy of offering the best in both hardware and software in all our smartphones.”

The latest version of Windows Mobile includes an upgraded Internet Explorer Mobile browser with a new engine and a customized version of Adobe Flash Lite for accessing sites previously unable to render properly on a handheld. Windows Mobile® 6.5 will also include free access to Microsoft’s My Phone service where customers can perform automatic backups of photos, music, contacts and text messages from their handheld to the web for easy access any time.

“With familiar software like Microsoft Outlook, Windows Media Player and Windows Live, these phones will give people the confidence to get things done with the software they would normally expect from their PCs,” said Todd Peters, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corp. “LG’s portfolio of stylish Windows smartphones gives people the ability to choose the model that best suits their style and budget.”

Source: Newswire via Engadget