Now there's an interesting one for you - despite being a platinum sponsor of the MWC 2010, LG aren't among the exhibitors, for … um… cost-saving reasons. They've set up their own booth just outside the Barcelona Fair. Hope it fits their austerity budget.
There were no new announcements on their part, but LG still showcased three devices that they thought were worth attention.
The Android powered LG GT540 was officially announced a while ago by one of their trademark three-specs-are-all-you-need-to-know press releases so its hardware is still very much an enigma.
Nor did they bother to reveal many new specs here either and chose to focus on the social network integration in the LG GT540. OK, access to Facebook on your phone is cool and their approach is pretty neat but we can't see how that's more important than - say - the CPU. But maybe it's just us.
Anyway, the handset runs decently, though nothing spectacular. The occasional lag is there but it won't bother you too much in everyday uge.
However we just couldn't quite get the idea behind the LG GT540 design. We'll say no more. That thing on the photos there is the LG GT540. No, honestly.
Names don't get any more obvious than this but details about the LG GW990 hardware are still pretty scarce. It steps on the Intel Moorestown platform, including a 45nm Atom-core Pineview CPU (basically like those new netbooks, though possibly at lower clockspeed), a graphics controller and built-in wireless capabilities - 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi… it's all covered.
With such powerful hardware under the hood, the software is still struggling to catch up. The LG GW990 MID is slow, laggy and crashes quite often and we just refuse to believe that it's down to the lack of processing power.
Depending on how you look at it, the LG GW990 MID is either a really compact tablet or a huge phone. LG have confirmed that it will have telephony enabled but we just can't quite picture ourselves talking on this thing. But throw in a nice Bluetooth headset and we might just be about to change our minds.
Well this one is certainly rings a bell. Go ahead and check out our preview. And yes, we're delighted with our timing with this one.