LG announces the GC990 Louvre with 12-megapixel camera


If you’re a fan of the LG Viewty Smart then you’ll definitely be interested in the news coming out of Warsaw, yes Warsaw in Poland, regarding LG’s unveiling of their GC990 Louvre handset.

The GC990 Louvre has a 12-megapixel camera that is also capable of HD video recording – surely this makes the Louvre the best camera phone in the word ever, ever, ever.

The camera is without doubt this handsets main strength. It is capable of auto and touch focus, has a xenon flash, records 1280×720 HD video at 30fps. It has LG’s new Intellizoom feature and has ISO up to 3200. Photos are geo-tagged and there is zero shutter lag.

Moving on from the camera, the smartphone has Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth and TV-out as well as a 3.2-inch touchscreen. It also supports DivX and Xvid.

It’s only a concept at the moment, LG state: “The GC900 or ‘Louvre’ mobile phone from LG is a great example of the type of mobile technology innovation LG is developing. There are no confirmed plans to bring it to market. As we have further details on our camera-phone portfolio or other mobiles, LG will provide information on where and when they will be available to consumers.”

When it does get released expect us to be all over it in the usual Tech Digest way.

(via GSMArena)

Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 and friends hit the web


The clock may be ticking on Samsung’s Unpacked global launch today but it looks like the cat’s out of the bag already. The Samsung Omnia Pro B7610 has appeared on their official Korean website – in Korean, before you look

It’s got a 3.5-inch OLED, of the kind LG feels is too expensive, with an impressive 800 x 480 resolution. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 (soon with 6.5), it’s got a 5-megapixel camera and, apparently, comes in both Pro and Media specific interfaces whatever that turns out to mean.

There’s all the usual Blueteeth and Wi-Fi, a slide-out QWERTY and expandable internal storage of 1GB. Not bad at all. In fact, it appears to be what we called the Louvre a few days ago.

The nice ladies also appear to be holding a Pixon12, which we know something about already too, and also the 3.2-inch, Android OS, Samsung i7500 with the 5-megapixel camera and staggering 32GB of internal memory. Eat your heart out N97.

You’d have to presume it’s the same bunch that’s about to touch down all over the world. Speaking of which, that gives me around 45 minutes to get myself down to Battersea to find out. See you down there.

(via PC World)

RUMOUR: Samsung Louvre B7610 leak?


On Tuesday we brought you news of the leak of the Omnia 2. This time the leak concerns Samsung’s possible N97 botherer, the Louvre B7610. Samsung just can’t seem to keep their developments secret – anyone would think that they were leaking them on purpose…

On first glance the Louvre has a similar demeanour as the N97 or the G1, with the flip down keyboard – although I actually think the Louvre’s keyboard looks better. It’s got a slight ZX Spectrum look to it, with the red bits on the keys, and I’m all for that.

The reported specs are as follows:

Quadband (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA (3G+) to 7.2 Mbps
GPS receiver (A-GPS)
AMOLED Touch Screen size 3.5 inches with 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA) and 16 million colours
5-megapixel digital camera
FM radio
1 GB built in memory – expendable to 32GB using MicroSD.
Bluetooth 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
MiniUSB 2.0
500 mAh Lithium-Ion 1 battery
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional – Possibly upgradable to 6.5
Dimensions: 11.2 x 5.8 x 1.6 cm

The phone should retail in Europe from between €250 and €500.

Until we’ve got the phone in our hands, however, it’s difficult to really judge whether or not this phone is really a threat to the N97. What is clear is that if it wants to compete, it has got its work cut out.

(via GPSAndCo)