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LG KF700

LG KF700

13 February 2008
Written by David Hall

The KF700 is a brand new handset out of the minds at LG, which combines three input methods to provide users with an easy to use multimedia handset.

Previous handsets have used all physical keys for user interaction. Newer devices have started using touch-screens. The KF700 combines the two, with a full 3” LCD touch screen and slide-out numerical keypad. The third input option is a Shortcut Dial on the back of the handset which provides access to six user-selected features and aids in scrolling through web pages and text.

One of the most prolific issues end-users have with touch-based handsets is messaging. LG have taken the complaints of users on board, and provided a full slide-out numerical keypad with real physical keys. When you’re finished dialling or texting, simply slide it away and tap at the LCD with your finger to get things done. It’s efficient, easy to use, and a wonder it hasn’t come earlier.

When inputting text, the slide-out numerical keypad can be used for letters while on-screen icons are used for symbols. The symbols change according to the most commonly used ones, adding to efficiency.

The touch-screen is a full 3 inches, with 240 x 480 pixel resolution and 262,144 colours. With the physical keypad closed, the KF700 looks almost identical to LG’s Prada and Viewty handsets. The KF700 is a little smaller than the Viewty, measuring 102 x 51 x 14.5mm – the Viewty measured in at 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8mm.

Underneath the hood there have been some changes, some upgrades and some downgrades. The HSDPA support has been boosted to 7.2Mbit/s (Viewty was 3.6Mbit/s), but with the same single UMTS 2100MHz band supported. 2G GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks are supported with GPRS Class 10.

The KF700’s camera is a 3mpx module – a downgrade from the Viewty’s 5mpx module. None the less, the camera can capture video and has an auto-focus lens. A secondary camera is located on the front of the handset for video-calling over 3G networks.

Multimedia playback is possible through the pre-installed video (MPEG4 compatible) and audio player applications.

The KF700 will be available in Europe starting from March, and other regions are set to follow in the subsequent months.

FYI .:. LG KF700
(ETA 2nd quarter of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
3G: UMTS 2100MHz
Form factor Slide
Size 102 x 51 x 14.5 mm
Weight TBA
Display 3.0", 262K colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* TBA
Standby time* TBA
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0^, USB 2.0^
Camera support 3mpx digital camera with video recording, additional forward-facing camera for video calls
Data support EDGE, GPRS and HSDPA (7.2Mbit/s)
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Proprietary Browser
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, microSD
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, and MP3/AAC ringing tones^
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC Suite
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
LG proprietary with Thematic UI
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Music & Video player
Slide-out numerical keypad
Shortcut wheel for accessing commonly used features, zooming in/out and changing volume

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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