updated 11:00 am EDT, Mon March 26, 2007
LG VX8700 and 570 Phones
LG today revealed a pair of music phones for the US. The previously leaked VX8700 is now official and is meant to merge the brushed metal looks of the Shine with the earlier, Chocolate-based VX8600. The 8700 gains a sharper 2-megapixel camera but measures only half an inch thick, and switches to a strip-like external display.
Launching at the same time during the event is the 570. It trades down to a 1.3-megapixel camera in exchange for external music controls and a built-in FM transmitter for beaming sound to a car or home radio; owners can also switch the phone component off completely for longer music play time. Neither it nor the VX8700 have received formal release dates, though the 8700 is known to be in the works for Verizon and either phone may be available for Sprint.
LG has also unveiled a third device, the MSB-100. A Bluetooth-based speaker for cellphones, the device can either serve as a stereo speaker for music or as a speakerphone. It can operate completely wirelessly with a battery, the company says: its battery life is rated at 8 hours for music, and 20 hours for less-demanding phone signals. It should become available in May for $120.