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Behold, the LG IQ on Telus

We're gonna have to go way, way back for this one. In the Great AT&T Flood of 2009 came a leaked slide of the LG Monaco, a Snapdragon-powered, 3.2-inch touchscreen slider. And here before you is what that device, now known as the LG IQ, has become, destined for Canadian carrier Telus.

Gone is that janky-looking D-pad from the keyboard, and instead it features an optical mouse on the front face. Also on board are a 5-megapixel and Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro.

Question is, will we still see this on AT&T, as previously rumored? And will it launch (or at least be upgradeable to) Windows Mobile 7, if and when it arrives, as previously rumored?

News at 11.

Mobile Ninjas via wmpoweruser

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We still haven't seen too many Windows phones from LG in the United States, though that may soon start to change. The GM730F has made its way through the FCC and has all the guts it needs for an AT&T launch (meaning the 850/1900MHz 3G bands), as well as mentions of AT&T services in the manual. There's also Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi (naturally), a 5MP camera, touchscreen, optical trackpad and a 1000mAh battery. Check out the manual (pdf) for the full rundown on what's inside.

Want a better idea of what's in store? Check out Malatesta's hands-on with the GM730's counterpart, the GM750.

FCC via Phone Scoop

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Remember how Vodafone said customers can expect the LG GM750 in October and the Sony Xperia X2 in November? That was it. No actual dates attached.

But never fear: We've gotten (very blurry) word that the X2 (aka the Vulcan) is due Nov. 6. Price and plans still to be determined (or at least leaked).

Even better, the GM750 should be on hand this Friday, Oct. 2. As you can see, £25 a month gets you 300 minutes and unlimited texts, and the phone itself is free. Unlimited data will cost another £5 a month.

For us, the question remains: Will either of these phones see love on this side of the pond?

Thanks, anonymous tipster!

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Good news for our friends across the pond on Vodafone: The carrier says to expect the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 in November. That's the X2 and it's sweet keyboard, banana slider and 8.1MP camera. No word on price.

And that's also a couple of months sooner than online dealer Expansys says the X2 will be available, so there ya go.

Also coming down the pike is the LG GM750, which is expected in October and brings along its 5MP camera and black-slab good times.

Vodafone via Coolsmartphone

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Yep, this is what it looks like: A roadmap for AT&T, snagged by the Boy Genius Report. We're expecting the Tilt 2, natch, seen here with its original "Fortress" codename.

Of course, the really juicy fruit here are the LG Monoco and HP iPAQ Obsidian, two phones we've been dying to get our hands on since their initial leaks. If the roadmap holds -- and we've got reason to believe it will -- we could see both of those phones by the holidays.

And not to be ignored as the Samsung Jack and Epix, which appear to be slated for updates to Windows Mobile 6.5

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LG prepping three WinMo 6.5 phones

HTC's already announced it'll be launching the Touch2 as part of the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, and it appears LG may be getting in the game as well. You'll remember that back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, LG announced that Windows Mobile would be its smartphone OS of choice. A Reuters report shows that partnership coming to fruition, with a trio of new phones available "in the next few weeks," and 13 more by the end of 2010.

Newswire goes a bit further and tells us to expect a QWERTY slider, a front-facing QWERTY and a full touchscreen phone. The United States, Europe and Asia (only half of the major continents) will get first dibs. And on top of Windows Mobile will be "LG’s own distinctive S-Class User Interface, which offers a unique 3D experience that works with Microsoft’s familiar operating system."

We're pretty sure of two of the three devices — the GW550 seen above, and Slashgear says we'll see the GM750 (seen here at right). Will the Monaco be the third?

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We're still expecting LG to ramp up its Windows Mobile fare in a massive way, and this phone could do so with a running start. The LG "Monaco" — yet another in that long line (see here, here and here) of AT&T leaks from Engadget — is pretty close to that list of supposed Windows Mobile 7 required specs. Here's what's listed:

  • Quad-band EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Windows MObile 7.
  • 3.2-inch 480x800 touchscreen (that's a little under the 3.5-inch requirement).
  • 1,500 mAh battery (may change).
  • Qualcomm QSD8650 snapdragon processor.
  • WiFi.
  • 5MP camera with autofocus.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
  • AGPS
  • MicroSD.
  • And as an accessory, a Pico-projector.

Don't think that September availability date's gonna happen, but this is still a sure sign that good things are ahead from LG.

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LG GW600 appears at the FCC

We're expecting to see a slew of Windows Mobile phones from LG in the coming months, and here comes one now. The LG GW600 has made its way through the Federal Communications Commission and appears bound for AT&T. The known specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
  • EDGE/3G with the 850MHZ and 1900MHz bands.
  • 3.1MP camera.
  • Proximity sensor/light sensor.
  • 20key SureType-style keypad.
  • Micro-SD card.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth.

And we'll assume all of the usual accoutrements that come with. Also noted in the product manual is Video Share, which is what points the way toward AT&T. Flick-gesture controls are also mentioned. More photos after the break.

FCC via Phonescoop

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LG Introduces the GW550

You've got the HTC Snap and the Samsung Jack, and it looks like LG is following in their footsteps by introducing the GW550. The GW550 is another front-facing keyboard, 2.4-inch QVGA, Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone.

Just when you thought WM Standard was on its last leg, devices running the standard OS seem to be coming out of the woodwork. The GW550 also sports a 3 megapixel camera, "global" 3G, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA/2Mbps HSUPA capabilities. Based on the photos, the GW550 is follows the conservative appearance the Snap and Jack have, and it has the same lines as the Nokia N71.

No word yet from LG on pricing or availability. Depending on pricing and what the final specifications shake out to be, if you're in the market for a WM Standard phone the LG GW550 might make the choice a little more difficult to make.

Via The Boy Genius Report

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LG officially launches the GM730

We got a look at the LG GM730 back at CES in January, and now the Korean manufacturer has officially launched the phone. Also known as the Eigen, the GM730 sports Windows Mobile 6.1, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 gigabytes of storage space, GPS and FM receivers and will showcase the LG Application Store. The GM730 will launch in Asian markets in July.

Press release (translated) via Unwired View


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LG HQ brings some low-end messaging

OK, it's been a couple of hours, so it's time for another AT&T Windows Mobile leak from Engadget. Now we've got a lower-end messenger, the LG HQ, which we got a look at back at Mobile World Congress.

There's the usual tri-band 3G and quad-band EDGE, Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard with a 2.4-inch 320x240 screen. The battery's a mere 1,100 mAh powering a Qualcomm 7225 processor. It's got a 2.0MP camera, sports Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, AGPS and has a MicroSD card. No WiFi on this puppy. July 6 is noted as a target availability, but we'll see how that holds up.

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It's still kind of a mystery as to what future phones will launch with Windows Mobile 6.5, and which current ones will be upgraded. We already know that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 should get it, and we're pretty sure the Toshiba TG01 will.

And now a blog from the Microsoft MVP community is adding to that list. Nuno Luz, aka The Windows Phone Guy, says the LG HQ and Eigen will be upgraded, as will four unnamed Acer phones.

Missing from Nuno's list is the Samsung Jack, which also will get an upgrade, according to last week's announcement press release. Speaking of the Jack, it was supposed to be available today but as of this writing isn't on AT&T's (main) Web site, and the two stores I called in my town were negative for Jack. We'll track that down. (Update: It's on the business site, we're told.)

Do note that we haven't had an official announcement about the release of Windows Mobile 6.5, but the Dev Team noted the other day that it's done and ready to go.

Thanks to fellow WMExpert Tim for the heads up!

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LG 810HT rumored to be U.S.-bound

Along with the announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, one of the other big news stories at Mobile World Congress earlier this year was the announcement of LG's partnership with Microsoft – and that it planned 26 new Windows Phones in 2012.

Might this be one of them? Mobile-Review (the same site that brought us the excellent Touch Pro 2 review) brings news the LG GT810H. And here are the deets to go with it: (translated here)

  • 3-inch, 240-by-400-pixel touchscreen
  • 256 megs of storage, and up to 8 gigs external
  • 106.95x55x13.9 millimeters
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio
  • Weighs 105 grams

Mobile-Review says the GT810H would be destined for the U.S., though no date is mentioned. And is it just us, or does the big black dot on the top bezel look like a possible 3.5mm headphone jack?

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Hands-On with the LG GM730

LG's most interesting / innovative phone at CTIA09 is definitely the GD900, which sports a multi-touch slide-down keypad that's also transparent.  It's pretty slick and we're hoping it's a sign of the innovation they intend to bring to all those Windows Phones they committed themselves to back at Mobile World Congress. Something else they committed themselves to at MWC: the LG GM730 (aka the Eigen).  It's a slab-form WinMo machine with the "S-Class UI," 240x400 screen, and a 5 megapixel camera.

Holding it in your hand, it's so obviously cribbed from the original iPhone it's hard to know what else to say about it -- the curves along the side are straight up iPhone.  The backing is a little classier, though, with a nice texture to it.

So while we expect great things from LG, we're hoping a bit of the innovation they're bringing to their featurephone lineup is able to cross over to Windows Mobile and do so right quick.

You know the drill: pics after the break, with bonus CTIA Booth Etiquitte complaint.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer invited LG exec Skott Ahn up on stage at Mobile World Congress. The two ripped through a couple of showtunes, and then Ahn dropped the bomb — LG's making Windows Mobile it's primary smartphone operating system for the foreseeable future.

We're talking dozens (like, 50 or so) phones over the next three years. They two companies will have joint marketing services, and Ahn joined in on the new company line (which we also heard back at CES): "I'm sure we can take the Windows Phone market to the next level," he said.

We've had the less-than-stellar LG Incite on AT&T now for a while in the states. We're expecting to see at least a few LG Windows Phones (might as well get used to that moniker) here at MWC09.

Full presser after the jump.

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We've received confirmation that the LG Incite is indeed suffering from a serious SMS issue. Apparently, the Incite is set up to send SMS messages over GPRS, while AT&T is only able to handle them over traditional GSM means.  Well, technically, AT&T can handle SMS over traditional GSM or over 3G networks, but can't send them via EDGE.  So the upshot is this: If you're in a 3G area, you should be fine.  If you're not in 3G, sorry for your luck.

Good news is now that AT&T has figured out what the issue is, they can work with LG on a resolution.  Meanwhile, here are some ways to get that rassin-frassin SMS to send, none of them pleasing:

  • If you're within 30 days, take the Incite back and get it replaced with a different WinMo phone that, you know, is able to send SMS messages reliably
  • Get to a 3G area, resend
  • Call AT&T and remove your data plan from the account, forcing the device to fall back to the traditional GSM sending method
  • ...and our personal favorite: Place a call and then send the SMS while in call.  Since you can't both have EDGE data open and be on a call at the same time, the Incite will fall back to the traditional GSM sending method.  We recommend calling the person you're sending to, letting them know they can finally expect your reply to their text.  Giggle.

Anybody out there run into this particular bug?

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