Posted on 17-Feb-2009 16:34
Filed under: News
LG Electronics was showing the world's first market-ready Touch Watch Phone with 3G Video Telephony service and GSM network capabilities during the Mobile World Congress 2009.
This wearable phone is a follow-up to the prototype that LG introduced in 2008 and includes a number of upgrades, such as a full touchscreen interface, 3G capabilities and video calling. Most importantly, this watch phone will actually be available for purchase.
"Our new 3G Touch Watch Phone is stylish, sophisticated and the height of technology, but it's also undeniably fun. How else can you reenact those scenes from your favorite sci-fi or spy movie?" said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "LG is the first company to introduce a mobile phone with the wearable device technology. We will continue to develop category-creating products to form a new market, based on our technological leadership and design capability."
At first glance, LG's new Watch Phone appears to simply be a high-end watch. The company says it used materials and elements found in watches from top manufacturers to ensure that people will be comfortable wearing it for any occasion. The Watch Phone has a curved tempered glass face, high quality metal casing and is 13.9mm thick.
It is also the first touch watch phone in the world to feature 7.2 Mbps 3G HSDPA compatibility, enabling high-speed data transmission.
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.
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 phone will be available in Europe at the end of this year. Orange will be the first to bring the Watch Phone across its European operations later this year.