LG have the honour of having released the world’s first mobile phone with a capacitive touchscreen, paving the way for the iPhone and the host of other touchscreen smartphones we have seen since.
That device was the LG Prada; a handset that went on to sell over 1 million units in 18 months and win countless awards for innovation and design. Last month, LG announced that they are planning to release a successor to the original Prada phone, bringing a touch of haute-couture to the world of Android smartphones.
Known as the LG Prada K1, the device sports a minimal design with a sleek, black shell and Prada branding at the top; not dissimilar to previous LG Prada offerings. However, that’s where the similarity between this phone and previous Prada handsets end. Where their features struggled to live up to their luxurious appearance, the features of the Prada K1 are more than a match for its stylish, designer exterior.
Out of the box, the LG Prada K1 will run on the latest version of Android; codenamed Gingerbread. It will have an extremely impressive 8-megapixel camera, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video calling. With its 16GB of internal storage, users of the device will be able to download hundreds of apps from Android Marketplace, and viewing website and watching videos will be a pleasure on its almost tablet-esque 4.3-inch Nova LCD touchscreen display.
It is thought that the Prada K1 will be released in the 4th quarter of 2011 alongside LG’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango handset, the LG Fantasy. Having extremely similar technical specifications to the Prada K1, releasing the LG Fantasy at the same time will be a real test of the popularity of Android and Windows Phone 7. However, if the K1 is anything like LG’s previous Prada offerings, its success is assured.
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