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LG prepares to drop KP500 affordable touchscreen-only handset

Looking remarkably like a Renoir Lite, LG has just announced its upcoming KP500 entry-level handset. Initial details are somewhat limited but we have to say, we like where LG is going with this. Sure, including a stylus in the first official press images probably isn’t going to do LG any favors but it’s the thought that counts, right? LG will be positioning the KP500 as a low-cost touchscreen handset and if the price point is in fact as low as the press release might indicate, it should drum up a fair amount of interest among consumers who aren’t willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for a handset with this form factor. At the same time, LG is definitely not skimping on features as the KP500 has plenty of functionality that will attract new blood:

  • Quad-band GSM
  • 3-inch touchscreen display
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Active Flash UI – screen switching similar to the TouchFLO cube
  • Accelerometer-based screen rotation and motion-triggered gaming
  • Finger or stylus operation
  • Available in black, brown, silver and gold

Pricing has yet to be covered but the KP500 will launch near the end of October in Europe and throughout the rest of the world shortly thereafter. Will this sleek entry-level touchscreen ever make it to US shores with a cute nickname? Only time will tell but our magic 8-ball is telling us “Signs point to yes”.

[Via Unwired View]

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