LG’s 8mp Renoir creates an impression


LG said its new 8-megapixel cameraphone, the LG Renoir (pictured), was a step towards replacing digital cameras for “point and shoot consumers”.

The handset is scheduled to launch in the UK this month across all networks, and expected to be free on tariffs of £35.

It is the first handset to launch globally with Dolby Mobile sound quality, and features DivX and Xvid technology for enhanced video play. An 8GB memory card will come in the box.

The Renoir’s camera features face tracking, blink detection, Xenon flash and an ISO setting selection up to 1,600.

With its extended shutter feature, users can focus images by touching a point on screen, and trigger the shutter by pressing a button on the earphone cable, as well as the phone itself.

Image settings include beauty shot, art shot, smile shot and continuous.

Users can choose widgets with customizable settings to appear on the idle screen, which can be added by dragging them from the menu bar.

The accelerometer allows users to type messages on either a QWERTY keypad or regular phone keypad, depending on the screen’s orientation.

The handset also comes with an inbuilt ‘jogging buddy’ exercise log application, motion activated games and assisted GPS.

LG UK sales director John Barton said: “This isn’t just a cameraphone, it’s a total sensorial experience. We’ve really achieved something with this.

“LG is becoming known as one of the best at touch.”

LG has also announced a budget touchscreen handset, the LG-KP500, which it says will be the most affordable device of its kind in the UK market when it launches at the end of the month.

The LG-KP500 also includes an automatically rotating display.