Apple’s iPhone may have a twin, or a doppelganger, the LG KE850.
Both phones have some similarities that cannot be overlooked.
First, neither are available to the public yet, so a hands-on comparison is not possible.
Next, both the Apple iPhone and the LG KE850 are small, slim and sleek. Both the Apple iPhone and the LG KE850 are black, at least right now.
They both have wide screens with a touchscreen interface, and no keyboard. The touchscreen interfaces themselves both have large number displays, have the same bright blue background, and look incredibly similar at a glance.
The Apple iPhone on the other hand, was unveiled at the MacWorld Expo 2007 in San Francisco earlier this week. The iPhone was in fact the big announcement of the Expo, and with the recent Cisco lawsuit continues to be at the top of the news.
We know that the Apple iPhone has the following technical specifications, or specs:
Screen size is 3.5 inches
Screen resolution is 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Storage is 4GB or 8GB
The Apple iPhone runs on OS X, boasts Wi-FI, Edge and Bluetooth 2.0.
Battery: talk time/video/browsing is up to five hours and includes, with an audio playback of 16 hours.
The Apple iPhone measures 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces.
Unlike the Apple iPhone very little is known about the LG KE850 except that it looks like the iPhone. In fact, the technical specifications of the LG KE850 have not even been released yet. Besides some photos and the fact that the LG KE850 won the iF Product Design Award 2007, very little is actually known about the phone.
The display screen of the LG KE850 is said to have a “resolution is as high as 240 x 400 pixels” (www.slashphone.com).
It appears, from poorly translated information from an originating source that the camera is 5.0 megapixels, compared to the Apple iPhone’s 2.0 megapixels.
Early speculation among the gadget and tech communities is that the LG KE850, with it sleek and dark design, will be marketed and nicknamed to reflect its place in the Chocolate product line of phones.
Race to Market
With an announcement to have the iPhone available by June 2007, LG is being pretty quiet about their plans to release their similar LG KE850 phone. The iPhone will be for Cingular only, which may leave the LG KE850 to Verizon.
The final choice about the nearly identical phones may not be Apple versus LG, it may have more to with their current, or even available cell phone service provider.