LG looks to smartphones with new touchscreens

LG phones

Two new phones have been launched by LG with features edging them towards the smartphone market.

The LG GW520 and LG GT505 both incorporate push technology for social networking and email, cutting out the server and pushing information directly to the handset.

Jeremy Newing, head of marketing for LG Mobile UK, said: "Mobile communications have been about more than just voice based calls for a long time, but consumers are now demanding more than just SMS and IM services."

"They want the kind of messaging and social networking features previously the preserve of high end handsets on a wide range of models, and that is what LG is offering."

The GW520 is focused on messaging, featuring a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and a WAP 2.0 browser. The screen is a 2.8" touchscreen and it has a three megapixel camera.

The GT505 is a little higher spec with a 3" touchscreen and five megapixel camera but also comes with GPS and the added navigation application WisePilot. This features voice instructions and both 2D and 3D mapping.

Both phones will be available from this month, but while the GW520 will be hosted on most networks, the GT505 will only be available from Orange.