Confirmed: Verizon Wireless to debut LTE Android handsets at CES

By on December 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM.

Confirmed: Verizon Wireless to debut LTE Android handsets at CES

Waiting on pins and needles for the first (of many) LTE-powered Android handsets on Verizon? Verizon Wireless just posted the following tweet from their Twitter account:

Jan. 6 at #CES: #Android and #LTE – could it be like peanut butter and chocolate? YUM!

There’s been no doubt Verizon will introduce a number of LTE-capable Android handsets at CES this year, starting with Ivan Seidenberg’s keynote, but Verizon has now made the news official. More →

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LG's army of phones at CES: eXpo, Chocolate touch, GM750, GW550, GT540, more

By on January 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM.

LG's army of phones at CES: eXpo, Chocolate touch, GM750, GW550, GT540, more

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LG certainly has a huge presence at CES this year with displays and phones almost everywhere you turn. So sit back while we bring all the handsets right to you and make you feel like you were here. Sort of. While we’ve seen of these phones before, there are a few that are still awaiting official details from LG. So here are some pics and details to hold you over for now, after the break. More →

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Verizon launches the LG Chocolate Touch

By on November 5, 2009 at 8:03 AM.

Verizon launches the LG Chocolate Touch

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While many tech geeks who fancy Verizon will be spending the majority of this week debating whether or not to pull the trigger on either the DROID or DROID Eris, today Verizon quietly started selling the LG Chocolate Touch, a non-smartphone with mass market appeal. Equipped with a 3″ touchscreen display and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Chocolate Touch also features support for VZ Navigator, V CAST Music/Video, Visual Voicemail and EV-DO Rev. 0 connectivity. Also of note is a convenience key that leads directly to social media sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as well as the inclusion of Dolby Mobile technology, something which is claimed to deliver “audio quality that rivals MP3 players.” Of course with only 1GB of internal memory and no microSD card in the box users will be forced to drop some extra cash if they wish to listen to more than 250 songs, but at $79.99 on contract after a $50 rebate, what do you expect? More →

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Verizon LG Chocolate Touch coming in the next two weeks?

By on October 27, 2009 at 7:12 PM.

Verizon LG Chocolate Touch coming in the next two weeks?

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We were just hit up by a new Verizon connect and it looks like the LG Chocolate Touch is on the horizon. We’re told that retail stores should be receiving stock within the next two weeks, which makes sense since it was featured in Verizon’s Holiday Lineup list. In case you missed the details, the Chocolate Touch will pack a 3.2 megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev. 0 (they couldn’t get with the times and get Rev. A?), Visual Voicemail and VZ Navigator. We’re not sure how we feel about the design, especially with LG offerings like the BL20 and BL40, you’d think this fresh new touch screen wouldn’t look like it was designed in the late 90s. It also looks like it’s packing the same tired OS which will look even more dead once Droid/s hit the scene, but with the right pricing we think this could do well with those who aren’t looking for full-featured smartphones. Hit the jump for a shot of the back.

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TELUS’ initial HSPA offering to be smartphone rich

By on October 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM.

TELUS’ initial HSPA offering to be smartphone rich

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With employee HSPA training well under way, one of our TELUS connects hit us up late last night to let us know just what smartphone hungry Canadians can expect once its HSPA network overlay goes live next month. Apart from the obvious ones – iPhone 3G and 3GS — TELUS will be dishing out the BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate BL40 and the Nokia E71 (odd, we know). Road warriors should also note that TELUS will be offering the Sierra Wireless 306 USB data stick which is capable of taking full advantage of TELUS’ 21Mbps HSPA network. Okay, fine, rumors about many of these devices coming to TELUS aren’t exactly new, but we’re the first to be able to confirm this 100%. Just one more thing…. We’ve been told that the HTC Hero is definitely in TELUS’ play book and it’s going to be the GSM/HSPA variant.

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LG New Chocolate BL20 gets official; headed to O2 UK for €269

By on September 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM.

LG New Chocolate BL20 gets official; headed to O2 UK for €269

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After its early debut on LG’s developer website last week, the New Chocolate BL20 has been officially announced by LG. A full product page, flickr slideset and an official press release all serve to confirm the existence of this handset, though we pretty much already knew all there was to know about this little guy. For those on the other side of the Atlantic, the sexy slider with a distinctive red keypad is expected to land at O2 UK in Q4 for €269 ($394USD). As for the rest of us, it’s still a waiting game we’re afraid. Hit the jump for the press release.

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New Chocolate BL20 debuts on LG’s developer website

By on September 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

New Chocolate BL20 debuts on LG’s developer website

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LG’s latest and greatest Chocolate offering is shaping up to be the entry level BL20 touch-enabled slider. Shots of handset adorned with its red keypad have been bouncing around for a while but LG has been mum as far as details go. The silence has just been broken however — though it’s not an official announcement, the BL20 has made its first appearance on LG’s developer website with a full list of specifications including:

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • UMTS/HSDPA (3.6Mbps) 900/2100 MHz
  • 2.4-inch QVGA display with 262K colors
  • ARM9 processor
  • 256MB Flash memory
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus,  flash and video recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • FM radio
  • MicroSD card expansion, up to 16GB
  • USB 2.0
  • Proprietary OS with SMS and MMS 1.2, Email (SMTP, POP3, IMAP4), WAP 2.0/HTML/XHTML web browser
  • 106.9 x 50.8 x 12.3 mm and 115 grams

Most of what we already knew about the slider has been confirmed, so now we just need LG to get moving and make this handset official.

[Via Unwired View]

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Device-on images of the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 for Verizon emerge

By on September 21, 2009 at 10:48 AM.

Device-on images of the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 for Verizon emerge

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Behold, Verizon Wireless subscribers — the upcoming Chocolate sequel you had been praying was the BL40. Unfortunately no, it is most certainly not the BL40. We’ve known the Chocolate Touch would be a previously unseen handset for a while now of course, so this shouldn’t come as too much of a disappointment. As these live images of the handset emerge however, we can’t help but feel a little sad to think of how great a subsidized BL40 on VZW could have been. Alas, the peculiar mid-range handset you see at the top of this post is what we have to look forward to in its place. Rumored specs include a 3.2MP camera, 3.5mm headset jack, HTML Web browser, some form of limited multitasking support, a music player and a WVGA touchscreen display. Hit the jump for another shot.

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LG Chocolate BL40 launching mid-September in Europe, October elsewhere

By on September 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM.

LG Chocolate BL40 launching mid-September in Europe, October elsewhere

Perhaps it’s the ultra-wide 21:9 touchscreen display or maybe it’s the revised LG UI, but something about the Chocolate BL40 intrigues us. The simple fact that this handset is decidedly different from anything else on the market could be what’s drawing us in. Whatever the case, LG has just officially announced that its new oddball Chocolate phone will launch sometime toward the middle of this month in Europe. According to the release, the rest of the world will get the handset in October, though specific markets remain unnamed. To refresh your memory and whet your appetite, this Black Label phone features a 4-inch 800×345 pixel touchscreen display, LG’s S Class UI, a 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, 7.2Mbps UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, and aGPS. The specs are there, the unique factor is there — the question is whether or not the market is there for a barely-pocketable feature phone with what will undoubtedly be a lofty price tag.

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LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Omnia 2 and more headed to Best Buy on August 23rd

By on August 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM.

LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Omnia 2 and more headed to Best Buy on August 23rd

Well what have we here? Our ninjas know better than to think they can take weekends off and one of our more diligent and trusted Best Best Mobile moles just hit us with a very interesting screen cap. Sunday, August 23rd is shaping up to be a hell of a day for the mobile mega-retailer and in turn, it’s going to be a hell of a day for phone fans in general. Let’s have a look at what’s in store:

  • Samsung Gravity 2 (berry) — T-Mobile
  • Samsung Solstice — AT&T
  • LG Xenon (red) — AT&T
  • Global AirCard (G2) — Verizon
  • Samsung Rogue — Verizon
  • LG Chocolate Touch — Verizon
  • Samsung u450 Intensity — Verizon
  • Samsung Omnia 2 — Verizon
  • BlackBerry Tour — (new shipment, Sprint)

We can also see an “M330″ at the top of the screen listed as coming on September 8th and we’re guessing it’s not the clunky Samsung beast from 2002 or the Mitsubishi phone from 2003. All we know for the time being is that it’s a Samsung handset headed for Sprint, along with the Samsung Reclaim can be seen just off screen at the very top. We can’t make the date out but we know it’ll be sometime in August. Whatever… We’re to busy thinking about the possible BL40-like Chocolate Touch and Sammy’s Omnia sequel to worry about the Reclaim.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for a better shot of the list along with Best Buy location details.

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LG BL40g graduates from Clown College… er, the FCC

By on July 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM.

LG BL40g graduates from Clown College… er, the FCC

Just one day after it was officially announced by LG, a super special variant of the incredibly sexy BL40 surfaced on the FCC. Dubbed the BL40g, it contains absolutely no surprises save for two of the things we love most in life — the 850 and 1900 MHz bands of UMTS. Now before any of you get jumping to conclusions such as “holy crap, it is coming to AT&T” we should remind you that the BL40 has long been known to be TELUS-bound in time for the launch of its HSDPA network. You know, seeing how it runs on the same bands as AT&T and Rogers… You get the idea.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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LG officially unveils its new Chocolate, the BL40

By on July 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM.

LG officially unveils its new Chocolate, the BL40

LG officially unveiled the latest addition to its Black Label series, the BL40 Chocolate. A bit of deja vu as this handset has already starred in its own photo shoot and made its unofficial YouTube debut. The red-trimmed handset has a 4-inch wide screen 800×345 pixel display with a unique 21:9 aspect ratio, 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, 7.2Mbps UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, and aGPS. As far as release details, unfortunately all we know about this sleek and sexy handset is that it will debut in Q3 2009 in 54 countries worldwide. All else aside, we can’t wait to see how typing on this bad boy works out considering how long and thin it is. Hit the jump for a few more press photos.

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Live shots of the LG BL40 leak out; BL42 slider in tow

By on July 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM.

Live shots of the LG BL40 leak out; BL42 slider in tow

Well hello there, LG BL40. Don’t you look all pretty and nice in the flesh, just like we thought you would. Some people think you look more like some sort of fancy universal remote control than a high-end cellphone, but they just don’t get you like we do. We understand your thin frame and 21:9 aspect ratio-rocking 4-inch touchscreen display makes you quite imposing, but there’s no need to dismiss you just because you look different. You’re not the smartest phone on the block and you might only have 335MB of internal memory, but a little bit of Ginkgo Biloba and a microSD card should do the trick. By the way, would you mind telling us a little bit more about your friend, BL42? She’s pretty damn cute and we’d love to get to know a bit more about her and her 5 megapixel shooter… Hit the jump for more shots.

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