Snapshot by Michael Oryl on Friday July 14, 2006.
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Today LG launched a web site for their new LG CU500, their first HSDPA compatible UMTS handset for the US, and probably the first to be offered by Cingular. HSDPA, a higher speed version of UMTS, will allow for downloads at speeds up to 1.8Mbps - significantly faster than what is currently available on Cingular's relatively small UMTS network.
The CU500 is a reasonably thin and light handset, weighing only 105g (3.7oz) and measuring 19mm (.75") in thickness. It supports 15fps streaming video when on Cingular's 3G network, and is capable of recording equally nice video using its own 1.3 megapixel camera. A microSD memory card slot can be used for storing photos, videos, and music. Music support includes MP3, WMA, AAC, and AAC+ formats, and external music app controls make playback convenient. Also convenient is the stereo Bluetooth support for enjoying music without the wires.
Messaging support for all of the major IM systems is included in the device, as is the typical support for SMS and MMS messages. Other features include a hands free speakerphone function, 72 voice polyphonic ringtones, and over the air (OTA) firmware updates.
The LG CU500 is initially available from Cingular for US$99.99 with a 2 year contract, after a US$50 mail-in rebate.
|Specifications for the LG CU500|
|Size||96mm x 51mm x 20mm
(3.8" x 2.0" x 0.8")
|Battery Life||Up to 10 days standby time|
|Up to 5 hours talk time (GSM)
Up to 3.5 hours talk time (UMTS)
|Main Display||65k color TFT, 176x220 resolution|
|Sub-Display||65k color TFT, 96x96 resolution|
|Camera||1.3 megapixel, 1280x960 resolution|
|Video||Yes, 320x240 resolution|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v1.1 (stereo)|
|Polyphonics||Yes (72 voice)|
|Memory||Unknown MB, microSD memory card slot|
|Other||Cingular Music, MobiTV and MobiRadio, music player supports MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ formats, dual speakers for 3D stereo sound, instant messaging, rotating camera w/ 4x digital zoom|