LG announces new Mini touch-screen phone


Smartphones are becoming more ubiquitous with every passing day and, what's more, they seem to be getting bigger with screen sizes approaching the size of a standard football pitch. Now, LG (whose GW620 is the subject of our latest review) has struck a blow for people with small hands, small pockets and no patience for the hulking great touch-screen monsters out there.


The LG Mini GD880 looks a little like the LG GD510 Pop and arrives with a 3.2-inch touch-screen with 16:9 widescreen display, but is being hailed by the manufacturer as the smallest model in its class...and the thinnest.


'We developed the LG Mini in response to specific requests from actual consumers who were unhappy with current full touch-screen phones that are too bulky, too clunky and too expensive,' declared Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company to the Korean Newswire website.


Features include HSDPA for fast data transfers, Wi-Fi, GPS, a five-megapixel camera with face detection, FM radio and social networking facilities such as Social Network Connect, which sends updates from friends to the home screen, and preloaded Facebook and Twitter apps.


LG hasn't actually mentioned the operating system that this skinny minnie is running on, but it's probably the Korean company's 3D S-Class interface.


The Mini will be on show at Mobile World Congress, so look for our full hands-on report next week. Available in the UK in April, price TBC.

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