As you may have heard, LG has big plans for a little Android smartphone called Eclipse/LU2300. The company has not really done a whole lot with Android thus far, so it’s good to see them starting to make a serious smartphone that runs Android.

Two things that you will want to know, especially if you are a G1 owner and love the physical keyboard are:

  • this phone includes a Snapdragon processor and
  • it sports a physical keyboard

Yet Another Custom UI

However, what you will want to punch yourself in the nose about is the fact that LG seems to be yet another custom UI of their own on top of Android which looks a whole lot like the Sense UI by HTC, except it uses more fruity, psychedelic, bright colors (I believe the term for their shade of blue is "cupcake blue" or "there-goes-my-manhood-blue"). Hopefully there are options to change that. It doesn’t look like a deeply customized UI right now and hopefully it will stay that way and avoid the standard updating issues custom UIs seem to be having (think Sense, MOTOBLUR, Rachael, etc).

Rumored Specs

The rumored specs equate this phone to around a Nexus One level which will probably put it in the sub-$200 price range.

  • 1Ghz Snapdragon processor
  • Sliding 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.5” AMOLED screen touch screen with a 480x800 resolution
  • 720p HD DivX compatible output
  • Android 2.1
  • The usual WiFi, GPS, etc

The Keyboard

The real news here is the keyboard which has nicely raised buttons for easier typing, instead of those heavily criticized flush button keyboards, such as the one on the Motorola Droid. It’s been a long time coming for a high-end keyboard phone and I am slightly surprised it’s coming from LG. As far as the overall design of the phone, I'm not sure I am digging it as much as the keyboard. The trackball/pad located on the right side instead of center is certainly quite odd.

LU2300 is slated for release in Korea in late April or early May. Currently it is unclear whether this phone will ever hit the US market but LG hinted that it is interested in all US carriers.

Until then, enjoy the leaked pictures but beware, the bright colors may cause a slight gag reflex. Would you even consider this phone if it landed in the US?




Andrew Huff
Ever since he was old enough to walk, Andrew has been a computer geek and gaming fanatic. This took a turn for the worse after getting the G1 the moment it was released, becoming an Android addict, and eventually snagging a Nexus One.
When not reporting about Android gaming at www.DroidGamers.com and writing for Androidpolice, he spends his time with his wife and a newborn boy.
  • storm

    Well perhaps not all purchasers have a manhood to lose (!) females per chance?

    Besides, I dig those colours (I am male, though I'm not US, or middle-aged, so perhaps that's why! ;)

  • tommy

    Phones coming to uscellular