updated 10:10 am EDT, Thu March 20, 2008
LG's Korean label CYON (high-bandwidth site) today pointed to what it believes is the future of phones with the release of the LH2300. While almost entirely dominated by its touchscreen like some newer LG phones, the new device is rare for including a wide VGA (800x480) 3-inch display sharp enough for DVD-level playback and for viewing websites at a resolution far closer to their native display. The 3G phone will also have quicker access to its web features with a key that jumps to the browser and a jogwheel for rapidly scrolling through pages without a complex onscreen interface.
LG also promises a very media-focused device with a 3-megapixel camera at the back (plus front camera for video calls), a T-DMB tuner for picking up digital over-the-air TV in its native country, and a microSD card slot for media storage. "Grape Wine" and "Navy Blue" versions of the LH2300 will be available in early April through LG's own carrier LG TeleCom, where it will sell for between $594 and $694 in local currency.
LG has not said whether the device will be available in other countries, though close cousins such as the AT&T Vu and Verizon VX9700 are expected to come soon.