Six New NextG Phones Unveiled

lg-xenon-qwerty-view-hiresTelstra unveiled six new handsets for their NextG network yesterday. They include a couple of dumbphones from Sony Ericsson running the TelstraOne interface, a trio from LG (including the Xenon, LG's first consumer WinMo phone in Australia, apparently) and the HTC Pro2.

Dumbphones and WinMo. I don't think I could get more excited by this announcement.

If you want to know about the phones, here you go:

LG Xenon is the perfect mobile for customers who love to text and access social networking sites such as Facebook® on the go. It features a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out allowing users to power text with precision. The LG Xenon’s generous 2.8-inch touch screen makes viewing and sharing content a great experience. Customers can browse mobile internet sites, update their social network page, watch BigPond® TV clips and view photos in high-detail. It also sports a 2 megapixel camera with flash and video recording. It comes with 80MB of memory that is expandable up to 16GB. The LG Xenon is available exclusively to Telstra and comes in two colours: ‘Black’, available 14 July; and ‘Blue Jean’ available from 28 July. It is available on a $40 plan over 24 months or RRP $589 outright.

LG GM730f is an ultra-slim Smartphone powered by Windows Mobile® and later in the year will be one of the first phones that can be upgraded to the new Windows Mobile® 6.5 software. It boasts push email, superfast 7.2Mbps-rated HSDPA mobile internet speeds^ for web browsing, a 3-inch touch screen, an MP3 player and a 5 megapixel camera. Best of all, the LG GM730f features are integrated with LG’s new S-Class user interface that delivers an interactive, easy-to-use menu. The LG GM730f is also built to multitask with a cascading window design allowing users to switch easily between different applications running in the background. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and video calling. The LG GM730f is exclusive to Telstra and is first to launch globally in Melbourne and Sydney T[life] ™ stores on 28 July and 11 August in other channels. It is available from Telstra on an $80 plan over 24 months or RRP $979 outright.

The HTC Touch Pro2 is exclusive to Telstra until 31 July and provides a full spectrum of productivity tools and consumer smartphone features enabling professionals to converge work and personal phone functions in a single device. It features a full slide-out horizontal QWERTY keyboard and a large 3.6 inch WVGA tilt display – which makes it perfect for email on the go. As a Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional phone you can view Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. The HTC Touch Pro2 is amongst one of the first Smartphones that will be upgradeable to Windows® Mobile 6.5 when released by Microsoft® later this year. Other features include: HTC Touch Flo™ technology - a touch-friendly user interface with a touch zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages and documents; GPS navigation; and 7.2Mbps-rated HSDPA mobile internet speed capability^ for super-fast mobile Web browsing. And, when flipped over the HTC Touch Pro2™ automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone for up to five users with hi-fidelity voice and sound enhanced by asymmetric speakers. The HTC Touch Pro2™ is available in selected stores from 21 July on a MRO for $1499 on a Telstra member or casual post-paid plan.

Sony Ericsson W995 is a premium Walkman™ phone that features Sony’s revolutionarily clear audio experience technology and comes bundled with high-quality headphones and 8GB of storage. With an 8.1 megapixel camera and flash among its cutting-edge specs, it offers superior photo-taking capabilities. It also has a ‘Track ID’ application allowing customers to identify their favourite music tracks, and, via integration with BigPond® Music, purchase them on the go. The W995 is customisable thanks to its TelstraOne Experience user interface that lets customers set up one-click access to the mobile phone features, applications and services they use most. The Sony Ericsson W995 is available from 28 July on a $100 plan over 24 months or RRP $1199 outright.

Sony Ericsson W508 puts an outstanding music phone in your pocket at an affordable price. Headline features include Motion Controlled Walkman™ MP3 player with dedicated music buttons on the flip handset’s fascia, a 3.2 megapixel camera, video calling and interchangeable colour covers to transform the look of the handset. The W508 also features the TelstraOne Experience user interface which allows users to customise their MyPlace menu with all the services and applications they like to use such as Facebook®, Twitter, MySpace and mobile web accounts like Windows Live™ Hotmail and Yahoo!7 Mail – and place them where they’re easy to access with “one-click”. The phone is also Telstra Blue Tick coverage performance-rated, recommending it for handheld use in regional and rural areas. The W508 is available from 7 July on a $30 plan over 24 months or RRP $529 outright.

LG Viewty Smart is a video, imaging and multimedia mobile phone with a large 3-inch touch display. It is the perfect phone to watch videos, stream YouTube™ clips and listen to music on or to share a photo collection from. Dolby digital sound completes the multimedia experience. The Viewty Smart also doubles as a high-quality 8 megapixel digital camera, featuring Schneider Kreuznach optics and smart camera technology that make it easier to capture quality shots. Other features include 7.2Mbps rated HSDPA^, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, video calling, FM radio, voice recorder, DivX and XviD video playback support, proximity and accelerometer and video recording. The LG Viewty Smart is available from 14 July on an $80 plan over 24 months or RRP $979 outright.

Nothing here even comes close to making my top 5 desirable phones list. What about you guys?

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