I saw this over at Engadget today, it's a video of what many are assuming will be the next-generation Chocolate by LG.

Two things stuck out about the phone; first, its form factor. It's unusually long for a smartphone, but I do remember at least one more example of an unusually long smartphone:

The phone above my iPhone in this pic is actually a mockup of a Moorestown based device that Intel has been showing off for a while. Could the new LG phone be the first Moorestown based smartphone?

The answer is unfortunately, no. Despite the similarities in design to the Moorestown mockup and despite the ridiculously fast UI, there's no Moorestown in this phone. The video lists the phone as coming out in 2009 and Moorestown isn't arriving until 2010. Chances are that this new LG phone is using a SoC based on ARM's Cortex A8. While I don't think it's impossible for the Cortex A8 to deliver such a smooth UI, it is just far more believable that Moorestown could do it.

The second thing that stuck out is obviously the phone's awkward shape. The extremely long phone has a 4" screen, something called an "Active Flash UI" , touch screen keyboard and an active camera UI that lets you smoothly apply filters to your viewfinder before you take your photo (hooray).

Intel and LG do have a good working relationship, but the fruits of their collaboration won't be seen with this phone. That being said, if the video isn't a blatant lie, that's one sweet looking phone.

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  • medi01 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    With WM6 you are free to choose software (or even write your own), in this case Mr Apple cannot decide that you don't need Opera browser, etc.
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    We've used many, many phones here, ranging from Qtek, HTC, samsung and pretty much all have done what they've done with little problems. We also have two Blackberries and one iPhone here

    I use a Samsung Omnia for texting each day and that poses no problems at all. Installing a chore? Hardly... Games, Route66, small apps, no problems at all.

    Are you basing your comments on one device? Many devices? Which models? DId you know that the samsung and various HTC models now, more or less, lock the screen when you initiate a call?

    Oh well.
  • The0ne - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    "I dealt with a WM6 phone for more than a year."

    It thinks it was one phone he had issues with.
  • CSMR - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    Sensitive phone buttons have nothing to do with the OS.
    I don't know why you found texting buggy, what can go wrong with texting? I have used WM6 and WM6.1. Not slow; this will depend on the hardware. The core OS is very stable, although the UI software that operators add can be.
    MS has been slow to respond to competitors, but the WM+Exchange combination is still a particularly strong one.

    To max347:
    Unfortunately HTC used to use a proprietary connector for audio but is going with 5.5mm now. The Touch HD is large, has a 3.5mm jack and WM6.1 so should fit the bill for you. A nice device in general.
  • fic2 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    Don't know about WM6 texting, but I have a Samsung phone that has buggy texting. One example is that if I receive a text from person1 but don't reply, then try to send a text to person2 through the contacts list it sends it to person1. Usually I get a response from person1 saying "WTF are you talking about". So far I don't think I have sent a text to person1 talking bad about person1 - I hope.

    There are 3-4 other bugs I have found in the phone (alarm and vibrate don't work when charging, vibrate doesn't always work when I get a call, etc), but who do you report bugs to? This is also an old phone (A920) so I doubt they would bother to fix them.
  • ap90033 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - link

    Yeah I have a touch diamond and it rocks. I put Windows Mobile 6.5 and it makes it even better.
  • Griswold - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - link

    What he said.

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