LG recently showcased one of its latest music phones, the KM501 model, which allows users to enjoy up to 29 hours of continuous music playback time.
Released until now only in Taiwan, the new KM501 comes in a slider form factor and it resembles, in terms of design, the KE500 model, launched by LG back in 2007. The black / red color combination used by LG looks pretty nice, while the metal finish from the phone's back case adds a touch of elegance. When closed, the device measures 101.5 x 48 x 15 millimeters, so it can be considered a medium-sized phone.
Being a music-centered device, the highlights of KM501 are obviously on the audio side. We have special dedicated music keys, advanced music player with easy controls, equalizer and "background mode" (which is actually a multi-tasking feature), FM radio, 3.5mm headset jack and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. The internal memory of the phone only has 42MB, but there's also a microSD card slot for up to 4GB, so users will have a decent storage space for all their favorite music.
Other features that KM501 offers include: tri-band GSM connectivity (900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) with both GPRS and EDGE, a 2 inch TFT display with 260K colors and 240 x 320 pixels, a 2.0 Megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and video recording, Web browser, email, Instant Messaging, video player, embedded games and so on.
Besides the ability to offer 29 hours of music playback time, the battery packed in the new LG should also be able to keep the phone going for up to 3 hours in talk-time mode and up to 250 hours in stand-by mode.
For the moment, there are no details about the price of KM501, nor about its availability in other markets except Taiwan, but LG will most probably offer the phone at least in several other Asian countries.