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Qwerty LG Prada II Confirmed

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Qwerty LG Prada II Confirmed

We heard a very similar story back in April and now it is seemingly concrete...

Prada II specs suddenly look nailed on after phone specialist site BGR printed a list from "trusty sources" (no, not us!) and given their highly specific nature I don't feel too inclined to doubt them. Express surprise maybe, but no doubt. See if you can spot exactly where my eyebrows raise...

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, dual-band HSDPA

  • 240×400 3.0in screen

  • Five megapixel autofocus camera with flash

  • VGA recording (no word on LG's 120fps antics)

  • Sliding Qwerty keyboard

  • Bluetooth 2.1

  • Wi-Fi b/g

  • Infineon MP-EH + M180 chipset

  • Accelerometer

  • FM tuner

  • 104.5 x 54 x 16.8 mm

  • 950mAh battery
So did you spot it? Yep, it appears LG is giving up on the original Prada's touchscreen keyboard and going old school in a move that will add bulk and weight. Way to go, LG. That practice makes perfection notion is totally overrated.

Ok, I'll ease off for a minute - phones with physical keyboards are perfectly fine, I've owned them and see their value but their bulk/screen size compromises mean they don't represent the future. Heck, even RIM is moving to a touchscreen BlackBerry. So by all means stick one on a business phone or new line but it seems odd to make such an obvious backtrack here on an updated model - and a fashion phone at that. Ho hum.

That aside it's looking a decent follow-up to the original - which was distinctly average to begin with so no pressure! - and while there's no hint at a release date in here, I'll bet it isn't far away...

Link:

via BGR

bazza

September 6, 2008, 7:16 am

Physical keyboards are here to stay my dear. As long as humans still have tactile sensory nerves, pressing a button without looking at the screen will still be a benefit, and with technology moving as it is the implementation will simply just get more streamlined to eliminate that "bulk".

Gavin Hamer

September 7, 2008, 9:55 pm

After asking Vodafone for the HTC Touch Pro, the one with the keyboard, the one with the keyboard, the one with the keyboard, right? They sent me a Touch Diamond. I sent it back. The thing is, I want a keyboard.

ilovethemonkeyhead

September 7, 2008, 11:35 pm

bulk for practicality, i'd rather have it bulky rather than it break in my hands

Gordon394

September 8, 2008, 1:28 pm

@bazza - oh ye of little faith in technology!

bazza

September 8, 2008, 7:02 pm

haha, actually I have alot of faith in technology that's why I haven't discounted the advancement of physical keyboards. There is room for both techs depending on overall design of the target device.

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