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Every time I read about a new Android device, I cast my eye over the vital and make a decision about how excited to get. Due to my preferences and what I perceive the market wants, for me this always includes OS version, camera, but most importantly, processor. You will understand then when I say I like the new LU2300 by LG, almost out of principle.

This device sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720P videos, and Android 2.1. Naturally the Korean market expects nice screens too, so a WVGA AMOLED display is thrown in so as not to disappoint. I’m not clear on the diagonal measurement of this screen yet, but I’m hunting around as we speak.

This device also comes with augmented reality service built in. “Augmented reality adds a layer of information on top of the view shown on the phone’s camera. When a user places LG’s phone on a restaurant, it will identify menus, reviews, pictures taken by other users.”

“In the past, smartphone users had to download and install all application programs in their new phones,” said Na Joo-young, a spokeswoman for LG. “To address concerns from first-time smartphone users who wanted an easy access to numerous applications, we decided to preload the best applications in our phones.”

This device is set for release into the Korean market during the second quarter of this year.


James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.