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LG Outs 1GHz Pico Projector Smartphone

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We've waited a very long time for the first commercial mobile phones to be equipped with DLP pico projectors, but I'm not quite sure this is what we had in mind...

LG has unveiled the 'eXpo', a 3.2in touchscreen Qwerty slider smartphone with 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, 5MP camera with flash, HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS and microSD expansion slot. What really stands out (literally?!) however is the detachable pico projector. LG hasn't gone into any details about the projector's abilities, but giving the eXpo something of a Quasimodo appearance isn't quite the seamless integration many will have been hoping for. Still, it does offer potential customers the choice to use it or not.

LG has chosen to combine this hardware with Windows Mobile 6.5 which - while making some understandably run for cover - does make sense given the platform's Office Mobile productivity software. Meanwhile, another neat touch is the use of a 'Smart Sensor' - exclusive fingerprint recognition tech licensed from AuthenTec, which does away with the need for passwords.

Breaking with tradition, LG will launch the eXpo first in the US on 7 December in an exclusive deal with AT&T. Will it come to the UK? I'd suggest only if it proves successful. Furthermore, while it isn't exactly to my taste I certainly hope it does do well since manufacturers need to be encouraged to step up projector integration, not shy away from it - even if eXpo may have a form only Esmeralda could love...

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via Engadget

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