That didn’t take long at all, did it? Yesterday we told you about LG’s pre-announcement of the entry-level touchscreen handset, the KP500. To recap that post in one sentence: The LG KP500 is positioned to be an affordable and well-equipped option for users looking to score a touchscreen handset without dropping big bucks. Here we are a day later, and more complete specs have been discovered along with a price point.

  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), GPRS/EDGE connectivity
  • 3-inch 240×400 pixel 262K color TFT touchscreen display
  • 3 megapixel camera with 12 fps video recording
  • Virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard, handwriting recognition
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer-based screen rotation and motion-triggered gaming
  • 46 MB of user memory
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 900 mAh Li-Ion battery with 210 min talk and 330 hrs stand-by time
  • Dimensions: 106.5 × 55.4 × 11.9 mm
  • Weight: 89 g

The 262K color display, lack of WiFi and 3G and the mediocre camera might be turn-offs to some but let’s not forget we’re talking entry-level here. As for the price point, the KP500 will carry a pre-subsidized price point of $350. Just as the pre-announcement from LG led us to believe, this puppy will be well-positioned for a sub-$100 contract price when it begins to hit carriers this month.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.