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  • LG Shine "Signature" LG-LC3600 features personal engraving

    by 
    Sean Cooper
    Sean Cooper
    08.28.2007

    LG's new Signature LG LC-3600 Shine brings yet another Shine option to market -- that thankfully lacks any beaded appliqué -- for fans of this pretty slick handset line. The "Signature" bit in the name is thanks to LG's deal to see your own signature -- or some other text -- engraved directly on the set. The 9.9-mm thin handset comes packing a 1.3 megapixel camera, 150 minutes talk and 150 hours standby time, and microSD memory expansion all packed in a 90 gram metal housing. We're not huge fans of all that engraving stuff, but the handset itself would do just fine.[Via UnwiredView]

  • LG Shine Rainbow Edition adds crystal hearts, poor taste

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    08.22.2007

    If the LG Shine's shimmering metallic shell simply isn't conspicuous enough for you, perhaps this'll do the trick. The "Rainbow Edition" of LG's fashion slider adds a mess of colored crystals in the shape of two hearts, perfect for the enterprising individual looking to deface an otherwise attractive handset with glued-on plastic. No word on when or where this is available -- or for how much of a premium over the basic handset -- but if this is really a factory issue phone and not some third party stunt, we have to say we're a little disappointed in you, LG.

  • LG Shine gets Titanium Black makeover for Europe

    by 
    Darren Murph
    Darren Murph
    07.13.2007

    As if the original Shine wasn't hot enough, LG is bringing a Titanium Black edition to those across the pond in hopes of wrangling a few more customers who have an eye for anything covered in metallic grey. A member of the coveted Black Label series, this handset won't deviate feature-wise one iota from the original, but the classy all-metal exterior should catch quite a few eyes regardless. You'll still find the two-megapixel camera, scroll wheel control scheme, media player, Bluetooth, and compatibility with GPRS and EDGE networks, and while pricing details on this sexy handset are currently unavailable, those dwelling in the UK can expect it to land late this year, while those in France, Netherlands, and Austria should receive it sometime thereafter.[Via UnwiredView]

  • LG's KX256 takes Shine downmarket

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    06.05.2007

    Maybe LG's trying to zing Motorola for allegedly ripping off the Chocolate flip with the KRZR, but the Moto-ish-ness of this here KX256's keypad is absolutely undeniable. It's apparently a member of the Shine family, albeit a lower-end one with a 1.3 megapixel camera and a rather thick looking body (by Shine standards, anyway). Other features include Bluetooth, integrated radio, and that only-in-Asia availability that's destined to get you a few looks if you somehow manage to 1) get this phone elsewhere and 2) get it working on your local carrier.

  • The KU970: LG's HSDPA Shine launches

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    05.04.2007

    LG's taken its glamorous Shine series to the next level -- the 3G level, that is -- officially rolling out the KU970 this week. Despite FCC involvement, the KU970 doesn't include any bands of particular interest to Americans, rocking only 2100MHz HSDPA (at 3.6Mbps, no less) in addition to triband GSM. Visually, the Shine formula remains the same (why mess with a good thing?), while guts include 2 megapixel primary and VGA secondary cams, a QVGA display, a full half gig of internal storage, and the full suite of media support. Though clearly destined for the European market, there's no word yet on when exactly it'll hit.[Via Unwired View]

  • LG KE770 Shine gets official

    by 
    Thomas Ricker
    Thomas Ricker
    04.13.2007

    LG just kicked out their LG-KE770 all official-like with a Moscow unveiling. Why Moscow? Well, it's apparently making its debut there next month with those candybar crazed Russian kids. The KE770 joins the US-friendly VX8700 clam and Euro-friendly slider to complete that magical cellphone design trifecta. We're talking a slim 9-mm thin, 2 megapixel camera, microSD (we presume) expansion, and likely limited to tri-band GSM; at least initially. One more pic after the break just kicks.[Via Le Journal du Geek, thanks Aniki]

  • LG's VX8700 clam launches with Verizon

    by 
    Thomas Ricker
    Thomas Ricker
    04.06.2007

    Prepare to get your shine on VZW customers -- the LG VX8700 is up, pretty, and ready for purchase. As a wink-wink, nudge-nudge in the direction of LG's Shine branding, Verizon calls the new clamshell a "shiny new addition" to their LG lineup. No surprises on the specs: V Cast support, stereo Bluetooth, microSD expansion and 2 megapixel cam. Ink a 2-year deal and she's yours for $179.99 after $50 online discount. Now go get it, the first Shine has arrived Stateside and is exclusive to Verizon.[Thanks, V-Doc and everyone who sent this in]

  • Hot flips: launch details for Verizon's VX8700, MOTORAZR maxx Ve

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    03.28.2007

    Verizon's finally fessed up to a couple hotly-anticipated handsets that've been kicking around in rumorland for some months now: the MOTORAZR maxx Ve from Motorola and LG's VX8700. The maxx Ve is the CDMA rendition of the V6 maxx for GSM networks, offering a 2 megapixel cam, touch sensitive controls, and a thin, sleek package -- in other words, nothing has changed since yesterday spec-wise -- and will drain your wallet, purse, or other currency-toting device of $200 after rebates on a two-year agreement when it hits on April 24. Announced alongside the maxx Ve, the VX8700 takes LG's Shine formula and brings it to the US for the first time, although Verizon has opted not to tag the phone with Shine branding for some reason. Like the maxx Ve, you get a 2 megapixel cam, microSD expansion, but this one's for the high-style types with a champagne-hued brushed metal case. It'll beat the Moto to market, rolling out on April 6 for $180 after rebates with the requisite contract.Read - Motorola MOTORAZR maxx VeRead - LG VX8700

  • LG VX8700 "Shine" for Verizon in the wild

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    03.27.2007

    First the Chocolate, now the Shine -- kudos, Verizon, you actually seem to be doing a reasonably good job keeping up with the musical chairs LG's playing with its fashion line. LG was pushing the VX8700 pretty hard on the show floor here, with a full kiosk devoted to its brushed metal sleekness. Interestingly, we were told Verizon doesn't have plans to use the "Shine" branding with the phone, despite the fact that LG was showing it on Shine stands, and -- let's face it -- it's a Shine through and through. It felt super solid, the metal was gorgeous, and the external display was nifty; yeah, it out-RAZRs the RAZR alright, but in 2007, is that enough? Time'll tell.

  • LG adds mobile TV to Shine series

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    03.23.2007

    Let's be honest, a pretty phone can only take you so far in life before you start getting bored; wouldn't it be great if you had some telly handy for just those very moments? LG's got ya covered -- if you're in South Korea, anyway -- with a pair of new models in its fashion-friendly Shine series that sport DMB tuners for mobile TV reception. The SB630 (alias KB6300, alias LB6300) is the more familiar slider form of the Shine, featuring a 2.2 inch QVGA display, 1GB of internal memory, and a 2 megapixel cam -- very much like the original with the addition of a lil' antenna for DMB reception. The clamshell equivalent, then, is the LB2500; you lose a half gig of that precious storage space, but the remainder of the spec sheet lines up pretty evenly with its slider sibling. We don't expect either of these to come even close to our neck of the woods, but if you can make do without TV, the VX8700 should make a decent proxy when it hits Verizon.

  • LG's Shine flips out for the gold for SK Telecom

    by 
    Brian White
    Brian White
    03.14.2007

    Are you craving an LG Shine with a little less "slide" and a little more "flip"? Add a dose of gold into that formula and you have the new LG Shine handset in flip form with a gold, real metal casing -- and it looks just about identical to the Verizon VX8700, yes? Anyway, this CeBIT announcement comes as SK Telecom announced it would start shipping the new "Gold Shine" to its customers in the coming weeks (no firm date set just yet). We see no issue here since Verizon Wireless and SK Telecom don't really have competing wireless territories, and it appears that nothing has changed from the older Shine slider SK Telecom already carries. So, just the form factor is changing here. For you clamshell lovers in SK Telecom territory, though, this just may be your ticket.[Via Crave]

  • LG's VX8700 for Verizon gets clearer

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    02.22.2007

    Mmm boy, we certainly do like us some clear shots of unreleased phones from every conceivable angle. Especially when said phone is the LG VX8700, Verizon's heir apparent in the rare air of its high-end clamshell line. We've seen a peek of it before, though the displays weren't nearly as, well... "on" as they are here. Word has it the 8700's guts are all but identical to those of the VX8600 before it -- save for a lack of external touch sensitive controls -- which should leave us with a 1.3 megapixel cam, microSD expansion, and stereo Bluetooth for those tunes you'll be grabbing off VCAST. Anyone care to start a pool for what fiscal week this thing might hit streets?[Thanks, anonymous tipster] Gallery: LG VX8700 for Verizon Update: Several tipsters have noted that the VX8700 rocks a 2 megapixel cam, a slight upgrade over the 8600's 1.3 megapixel unit, and the screen may be clocking in at 320 x 240 resolution -- our fingers are crossed. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

  • LG KU970: a Shine with HSDPA?

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    02.19.2007

    One area where the LG Shine doesn't, well... shine is in the data department. If you can look past the rather dazzling shell of the KE970 and take a glance at the spec sheet, you'll find that it lacks any semblance of 3G-ness, but not to fret: it looks like LG is acknowledging that fatal flaw and correcting it with the KU970. Czech site iDNES.cz is reporting that the phone's formula will stay basically untouched from its predecessor; improvements will be mostly in the guts, with an HSDPA radio, 512MB of onboard storage, and a front-facing cam for video calling. Seems believable enough, considering that the Shine's look is fresh and a model matching the KU970's description just hit the FCC. Any love for the US 3G bands here, LG?[Via Unwired View]Read - iDNES.czRead - FCC documents

  • Hands-on with the LG Shine

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    01.11.2007

    We knew it was here, so we tracked down LG's new GSM variant of the Shine phone and gave it a quick go-around. Straight up, the Shine is one fine slider. We were surprised to find it lacking the same, touch sensitive controls found on the Chocolate. Instead, the Shine is equipped with a spinning thumb wheel across the midriff which scrolls like butter. The feel is solid, not heavy, and the slider springs with a satisfying pop into place to revel that laser etched keypad. We didn't put it though a rigorous suite of tests by any stretch of the imagination. However, it certainly looks like a winner based upon first impressions. Check the gallery for more pics. Hands-on with the LG Shine

  • LG KE770: SHINE goes candybar?

    by 
    Peter Rojas
    Peter Rojas
    01.06.2007

    Not sure if this may turn out to be the US version of the SHINE that LG is supposedly going to drop on us at CES this week (probably not, since the word on the street is that we'll be getting a slider), but these pics of a candybar-style SHINE have turned up. We don't know much else about the KE770 (like specs, pricing, availability, etc), but it's clear that LG is taking a page from Moto's playbook by creating a new design language for its handsets and then rolling it out across different form factors.

  • LG to go international with Shine at CES

    by 
    Chris Ziegler
    Chris Ziegler
    01.03.2007

    After a Korean launch a few months back, LG's finally ready to show its "Shine" slider on a slightly... er, way bigger stage. The spritual successor to the Chocolate (and its many, many variants) will make its international debut at CES form next week, apparently rocking the same mirrored surface, checkerboard keypad, and 2 megapixel cam as its Korean cousin -- though the radio will change from CDMA to GSM for European and (hopefully) American launches later this year. Likely missing from CES, though, will be the just-announced Shine Designer's Edition for LG's home turf, but let's just be thankful for the scraps we're thrown, shall we?[Via Phone Scoop and I4U News]

  • LG re-ups Black Label with Shine Designer's Edition

    by 
    Michael Caputo
    Michael Caputo
    12.25.2006

    LG Electronics announced its latest addition to their popular Black Label series of phones, the Shine Designer's Edition. This phone is decorated in a special font that was designed by renowned Korean designer Li Sang Bong and has an poem inscribed on the back of the phone by Yoon Dong Joo, a popular poet from Korea. With no other changes being made to this sleek handset other than the exterior, we wonder just how much it will cost. Guesses anyone?

  • Goodbye LG Chocolate, hello Shine!

    by 
    Thomas Ricker
    Thomas Ricker
    10.18.2006

    LG keeps the hotness comin' with this new looker they've dubbed the Shine. Otherwise known as the SV420/LV4200/KV4200, this wispy thin 13-millimeter slider is their second Black Label series premium phone and features a new shiny metal design LG hopes will supplant Chocolate in the lustful hearts of consumers. Going brushed aluminum where it counts, the Shine delivers a 2 megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach shooter with flash, a media player with enough room for 1GB of MP3s (and more via expansion judging by the pics), Korea's M-Bank monetary service, and a 2.2-inch QVGA display which goes all mirror-like when off. Oh, and it's apparently coming to SK Telecom's 3G June network. Will it be as successful as the Chocolate? Time will tell but it sure caught our attention. Expected in Korea first just like the Chocolate, only this time LG, let's try to be a bit quicker on the global launch, eh? More pics and snaps after the break. [Via AVING]

  • Engineering the DS Lite: 2 Nintendo hardware vets speak

    by 
    Dan Choi
    Dan Choi
    04.05.2006

    Ever wonder what decisions go into a hardware redesign? Thanks to the latest edition of Nintendo's Japanese online mag, we finally get a portable peek into the DS Lite.Two Nintendo engineers who worked on the cuter DS sibling reveal how they pulled off the svelte new look while maintaining things like usability, battery life, and cost.Who knew that the new stylus was made "longer and wider to accommodate older users" (the Brain Age demographic who'd taken such a shine to the now shinier little system)? Durable, reliable hardware: it's what Nintendo does best. Let's hope they continue that trend with the Lite, as well as whatever other slicker iterations of the handheld that we're tempted to purchase -- or repurchase -- in the future.[Thanks, Princess Zelda; also via DS Fanboy]See also: Nintendo DS proven toilet-safe Playstation 2 goes silver (redux)