LG Officially Unveils New Chocolate With 4in 21:9 LCD

Inspired or insane?

I’m now a little worried…

LG has formally announced the truly nutty BL40 which we saw leaked on a promotional video earlier this month. Interestingly, the only detail we have is that the remarkable 4in 21:9 aspect ratio 800 x 345 pixel screen is indeed in line with the earlier scoop. LG is also simply calling the handset the ‘LG Chocolate’ which means a complete reboot of the series – fine choice.

So with this in mind let’s recap what LG can’t say yet: the BL40 will also have HSDPA, aGPS (meaning WiFi as well), a 5MP camera with flash (unknown kind) and capactive touchscreen with multi-touch gesture control. What remains a mystery are the overall size and weight, battery life as a result of powering that monster display and OS. Which brings me to the worried part…

If you check back to the leaked video (above) what we saw was a superb, next generation, finger friendly UI that had us positively spellbound. What this official press shots show on the other hand are the same layout and criminally ugly icons as the flawed OS seen on the GC 900 Viewty Smart and 12 megapixel GC 990 Louvre. Two handsets which also aren’t smartphones.

Now I’ve fingers tightly crossed that we are completely wrong about this but with LG quoting a Q3 launch timeframe for a whopping 54 countries that doesn’t leave much room for last minute alterations…

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