South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics announced about two weeks ago the launch of its first handset powered by Google's Android operating system, and it seems that the device is set to come to the market in France sometime at the beginning of November. The handset was announced to come before the end of the ongoing year, and Europe was said to be the area where it would first become available, so a November launch in France is something one should indeed expect.
According to a recent article
on androidguys, the first LG handset
running under Android is expected to become available on the market featuring a price tag of around €450.00 ($660). Although the full retail price might sound a little high, the news also suggests that two major carriers will include it in their lineup, and that users will be able to purchase it for subsidized prices with plans starting at €69 per month.
The specification list of the new handset
also made it into the wild, and it shows a variety of connectivity options, including GSM (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), EDGE, 3G (900/2100 Mhz), HSDPA (3G+) 7.2 Mbps, a Qualcomm MSM7200 processor running at 528 Mhz, 300MB of internal memory space, and the Google Android 1.5 (Cupcake) operating system.
In addition, the handset
is also expected to include a 3.0-inch resistive touchscreen display that boasts a 320 x 480 pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel photo snapper with auto focus, LED flash and video recording capabilities (in QVGA resolution), accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.0 with AD2P and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and DLNA connectivity, as well as MicroUSB 2.0 capabilities.
LG-GW620's internal memory can be expanded through a microSD HC memory card slot with support for up to 32GB of additional storage space. The handset measures 10,9 x 5,4 x 1,6 cm, weighs 143 g, and comes with a Lithium-Ion removable 1500 mAh battery that can deliver up to 4 hours of talk time or up to 500 hours of standby time.