updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed October 18, 2006
LG Shine Phone
LG used its presence at the Korea Electronics Show to reveal its first true successor to the Chocolate phone, which the company says will have sold over 6 million units by the end of this year. Known as the Shine or SV420, the replacement almost entirely abandons the glossy black of the earlier model for a brushed-metal surface. LG has also implemented a scrolling key in place of the larger directional pad from the Chocolate, clearing room for a larger 2.2-inch LCD. Cosmetics are not the only upgrade, according to LG. The 1.3-megapixel camera of the original has been replaced by a 2-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach version, while the built-in storage has been expanded to 1GB. Lastly, a movie creation tool named Muvee has been added that can create videos out of photo slideshows with background music.
LG says it will initially release the Shine in Korea under its own Cyon cellphone label; however, the position of the new phone as a Chocolate successor virtually ensures a North American release for carriers such as Verizon, which is the primary carrier of the phone in the US. A gallery of photos is available after the jump, courtesy of AVING.