AT&T launches 1 GHz LG smartphone

AT&T Mobility launched a new LG smartphone it is touting as the nation's first to sport a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which powers the phone's computing functions. Most of today's smartphones feature processors in the range of 600 MHz. The device, called the eXpo, also supports an optional, integrated pico projector and has a fingerprint sensor, features intended for enterprise users.

The phone, which runs Windows Mobile 6.5, supports HSPA 7.2 network technology. AT&T is in the process of deploying the HSPA speed upgrade and plans to roll it out in 25 of the country's 30 largest markets by the end of 2010. In its third quarter earnings report, AT&T said it plans to have six HSPA 7.2-compatible devices, including the iPhone 3GS, as well as two new LaptopConnect cards in its device portfolio by year-end.

The LG pico projector, which will be available in the next few weeks for $179.99, snaps onto the back of the phone and can project images as far as eight feet. AT&T said the phone's "Smart Sensor" fingerprint technology will provide added security and will help with text editing, touchscreen navigation and scrolling.

The eXpo features a 3.2-inch  touchscreen display, full Qwerty keyboard, 5-megapixel camera and support for up to 16 GB removable microSD cards. The phone will be available Dec. 7 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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