We were in the audience at CES 2009 when LG announced their 3G Touch Watch Phone. A mere 13.9mm thick with curved tempered glass face, it has 3G Video Telephony (VT) service and GSM Quadband Network capable.
Starting in August, the Watch Phone will be exclusive to Orange in the UK for only "a limited time", the Watch Phone will be available on a pay-as-you-go scheme, or SIM-only. That means Orange will be extracting some high fees for the privilege of having the geeky-est wrist watch in town. LG's Watch Phone was kept behind glas for two years in a row. No more.
The Watch Phone will feature 7.2 Mbps 3.5G HSDPA compatibility, enabling high-speed data transmission and video phone calls using the built-in camera. You will be able to send text messages, make phone calls, and even – tongue in cheek – keep accurate time. LG is using a touchscreen interface on its 3.63cm (1.43-inch) screen and LG’s claimed-to-be-intuitive Flash Interface.
The Watch Phone will have voice recognition features, which can be used with or without a Bluetooth headset, making it easier to place calls and look up contacts. Text to Speech (TTS) reads text messages and other information out loud. The phone also includes stereo Bluetooth and a built-in speaker for playing back music files. A large phonebook and scheduler will help you organize contacts and activities.
The missing item is a Get Smart, Agent 86, 'Cone of Silence
' so you won't look like a geek when your wrist watch starts talking to you.
T3-The Gadget Website is guessing that the asking, non-subsdized price will be £1000 [$1458/€1140] plus monthly usage charges, and roaming fees.
Just like during CES 2008, on CES 2009 in January, LG kept the Watch Phone inside a glass case. Wired claims they have a photo of the Watch Phone in public
. It looks quite similar to what we saw at CES 2009. Like everyone else, we will want to sample the real world performance and see if it lives up to the claims.
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