LG Launches 3G Ready LG GW550 QWERTY Phone Powered by Windows Mobile 6.5

LG has announced the release of new LG GW550 non-touch mobile phone, that is a 3G ready business oriented Smartphone powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 OS and is LG’s first every smartphone that features full QWERTY keypad besides offering WiFi connectivity option and built-in GPS with A-GPS support.


Originally launched in September 2009 in US and Europe markets, the all new Candybar form-factor LG GW550 phone is designed to delivers all the essentials in communication, multimedia and entertainment in a delightfully compact form and the handset features front-facing full QWERTY keyboard providing Nokia E71 series smartphone look.

Priced at Rs. 12,799, the new LG GW550 is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system and offers a host of exciting new features including a easy-to-navigate interface of Windows Mobile 6.5 supported by LG’s own distinctive S-Class User Interface, which offers a unique 3D experience that works with Microsoft’s operating system. The handset comes packed with all familiar windows mobile software like Microsoft Outlook, Windows Media Player and Windows Live etc.  for mobile.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 includes an upgraded Internet Explorer Mobile browser and a customized version of Adobe Flash Lite software for accessing flash enabled websites like YouTube etc. which were previously unable to render properly on a handheld. In addition Windows Mobile 6.5 OS also offers free access to Microsoft’s My Phone service allowing customers to perform automatic backups of photos, music, contacts and text messages from their handset on to their web based account for an easy access. Strangely, the handset  does not offer touch screen feature.

The new LG GW550 boasts a several social networking features that includes a easy SNS usability which brings Facebook to mobile screen , besides supporting Twitter, Flickr and many other top social networking websites but does not feature LG’s unique peer management application, LiveSquare that allows keeping track of most frequent contacts in a dynamic and interactive graphical interface.

The new LG GW550 smartphone is a bar type quadband GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz network  and HSDPA A900 / 2100 network ready handset that features a 2.4-inch, 65K colors, 320 x 240 pixels resolution QVGA TFT display which allows better enjoy watching videos, playing games, and looking at photos and larger icons are easier to navigate than smaller ones and features front-facing full QWERTY keypad.

Only 12 mm thick, LG GW550 phone weighs 125.5 gms and features microSD Memory Card Slot for expanded memory with maximum of 16-GB storage space. The handset allows practically unlimited entries phonebook, SMS and MMS memory and allows SMS, MMS, Email client, IM client and Push e-mail function.

MP3 Media Player: The LG GW550 smartphone sports an advanced integrated MP3 media player which supports AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, MP3, Midi, AMR, MPEG4, H.263, WMA Audio formats. In addition, users can use compatible wireless bluetooth headphones with the phone using its integrated bluetooth +A2DP connectivity.

Digital Camera: LG GW550 phone also features 3.15 Megapixel resolution fixed focus digital camera with maximum of 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution having Schneider-Kreuznach optics allowing 4X Digital Zoom, Multi-shot and Night Mode and multi shot function allows upto 9 shot shot in quick succession . The digital camera also allows continuous video recording (and playback) in MP4 / 3GP formats in QVGA resolution in 15 fps. There is also a front facing VGA resolution secondary camera for video calling.

Connectivity: The LG GW550 smartphone offers several connectivity options includeing GPRS class 10 connection, EDGE Class 10, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps connection, Bluetooth v2.1 + A2DP wireless connection, WiFi 802.11b/g wireless LAN connection and WAP 2.0, xHTML browser and USB v2.0/v1.2 port support. The phone supports polyphonic 64 channels ringtones supporting MP3, AAC+, AAC+ Enhacned, MIDI, and SMAF audio formats.

FM Radio with Recording: LG GW550 phone also sports integrated FM radio with autoscan for upto 9 station presets in 12 groups for faster and easier access. The FM radio also offers live or scheduled recording which can be saved and also used as ringtones. The FM radio can also be played on Speakerphone.

Other features of LG GW550 includes built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, JAVA MIDP 2.0 support, video player, video caller ID, built-in speaker and In-flight mode, document viewers for Microsoft Office (word, excel, ppt), and PDF, organizer, built-in photo and video editing applications, voice memo and a unique Anti-theft Mobile Tracker which can help trace the handset if stolen.

Already available across India in Black color, the LG GW550 3G ready windows smartphone comes with 1300 mAh Li-ion battery and is priced for Rs. 12,799 with one year warranty.

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