Orange is bringing the world’s first Touchscreen Watch Phone to UK stores in August. The LG Touchscreen Watch Phone will be one of several new innovative ‘future phones’ Orange will be ranging over the next 18 months, chosen specifically for their unique digital lifestyle benefits that allow users to make the most from the latest shifts in modern technology.
Available from Orange for a limited time period, the Watch Phone will be available at an exclusive price point on Orange pay as you go. The device features a compact design with a Bluetooth headset, in-built speaker and a full touch-screen interface, as well as 3G, HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and video-calling capabilities.
Voice recognition features, which can be used with or without a Bluetooth headset, make it easier to place calls and look up contacts. Text to Speech (TTS) reads text messages and other information out loud. The phone also includes stereo Bluetooth and a built-in speaker for playing back music files.
The Watch Phone is capable of sending text messages, making phone calls, and, of course, keeping time. This is all achieved using the phone's touchscreen interface on its 3.63cm (1.43-inch) screen and a Flash-based user interface.
The device heralds a new focus from Orange, to showcase the latest innovative, original, and high-end multimedia devices on the market, with at least three new market-leading devices to be unveiled by the end of the year.
Tom Alexander, CEO Orange UK said: “The Watch Phone is the must-have gadget of 2009. It's handcrafted, exclusively limited, and will turn heads on the high street. Our ambition is to become the best loved communications brand in the UK, and the destination brand of choice for high-end mobile users in the market. To help us achieve this, we have secured some of the most original and innovative devices available. The Watch Phone is the first of these devices, all focused on bringing a 21st-century experience to our 21st century customers."
At first glance, the LG Watch Phone appears to simply be a high-end watch. The manufacturer says it used materials and elements found in watches from top manufacturers. The Watch Phone has a curved tempered glass face, high quality metal casing and is 13.9mm thick.