May 18, 2009

LG Viewty Smart (LG GC900) Is Hottest Cell Phone to Date

The LG Viewty Smart (AKA the LG GC900) is smarter than most cell phones, and comes with multimedia specifications that match most smartphones.

The brand new LG Viewty Smart (AKA the LG GC900) will hit store shelves in Europe in May, featuring a WVGA touchscreen with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, LG's new S-Class User Interface (see it in action here), and an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 1600.

The phone also sports European HSDPA support (7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, A-GPS based geotagging, 1.5 GB internal memory (!) as well as an microSD memory slot supporting up to 32GB cards. The LG Viewty Smart succeeds the original LG Viewty, which according to LG sold over 6.5 million units.

The LG Viewty Smart (see gallery at the bottom) will offer a new Intelligent Shot Mode, courtesy of an improved image processor which analyzes the subject, background and lighting conditions and compares the data against seven pre-programmed scenarios to take better pictures. In a Canon point-and-shoot camera, you'll find an image processor that compares data against tens of thousands of optimal images, but we guess that's a key reason why camera phones are still far behind such cameras in most cases.

The LG Viewty Smart is also offering a maximum ISO setting of 1600, LED flash, Multi-Face Detection, as well as shooting modes such as Touch Shot, Art Shot, Beauty Shot, Panorama Shot and Continuous Shot. Moreover, the LG Viewty Smart boasts VGA recording capability.

The LG Viewty includes the new 3D S-Class UI which debuted on LG's Arena earlier this year. LG has tailored S-Class around the LG Viewty Smart's camera features with an on-screen dial for instantly switching shot modes and a thumbnail viewer that shows recently taken photos without having to switch to the photo gallery.

LG has also included an easier way to zoom in and out: Move your finger in a clockwise circle on the touchscreen to zoom in, as if turning the zoom ring on an SLR camera. Zoom out by moving the finger in the opposite direction. Zooming in and out is also possible with multi-touch pinching and stretching.

Despite all its features, the LG Viewty Smart measures only 12.4mm deep, making it the thinnest 8-megapixel camera phone at the time of writing. The LG Viewty Smart (LG GC900) will be available through operators in Europe starting in May and then launch in other markets around the world later on. Source...

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