KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG Electronics has announced its first Android phone.
The phone, the LG Intouch Max GW620, has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and seems designed with social notworkers in mind.
"Personalise your phone with a series of apps to suit you, from news and weather apps, to games apps, and your favourite social networking apps including Facebook and Twitter. With a slide out 5-line QWERTY keypad, just like a pocket PC, and status updates from all your social networking sites in real time, you will be able to keep in touch with your friends more quickly and easily," the firm's information blurb informs us.
Notable features include the Minority Report like automatic face-tagging, which will help when you are uploading your photos to Facebook, and Face to Action, which despite how it sounds is a sort of photo based contacts list.
It measures 109x54.5x15.9mm, with the keyboard closed, and has a 3-inch 320x480 HVGA display. Connection options are HSDPA7.2, HSUPA2.0, UMTS (900/2100, 850/1900, 850/2100), and GSM (850/900/1800/1900). It has a 5MP camera, Bluetooth and, given the size of it we should hope so, a touchscreen.
Talking up the use of Android, John Barton, sales and marketing director at LG Mobile, said, "This is a symbolic launch for us. It signals the end of expensive and exclusive applications and the start of applications for everyone. "Many people don't actually know that the Android market offers an impressive 20,000 plus applications which are easy to download, and of which 65 per cent are free - and this selection is growing every day."
Until they work out whether they have the phone in stock or not, LG informs us that it will cost £20 a month on an unlimited data 24 month contract with T-Mobile and £22 a month for 18 months with Virgin Media. µ