updated 12:05 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2008
LG Prada 3G Leaked
LG is gearing up for a direct sequel to its popular Prada designer phone, if an advance listing at a Taiwan shop proves authentic. The retailer claims to have a preview of the simply-titled Prada II that appears to improve several shortcomings of the early 2007 original. Still dominated by a 3-inch touchscreen, the phone will purportedly gain a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and heavily requested support for 3G Internet access over HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbps). Wi-Fi will also be added to fill in gaps in cellular data.
The posting also points to a leap from a 2-megapixel camera to 5, an FM radio, TV output, and a true HTML web browser like that found in the company's own Voyager phone sold in the US. Storage is supplied through a microSDHC card reader that can recognize at least 8GB of memory.
Photos and a concrete selling price for the new Prada aren't available with the leak. However, the store includes what appears to be a legitimate press release and says the sequel device will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year; no regional launches are given, though the expanded call support would enable an official US release. A warning is given that specifications might change before a public debut. [via Unwired View]