LG shows GT540 Android phone in Barcelona

LG skipped the main show floor, but it displayed new handsets in a slick setting.

BARCELONA, Spain--You might say that LG had a quiet Mobile World Congress--it didn't announce new handsets and it didn't have a presence on the show floor--but the manufacturer didn't skip Barcelona entirely. In the modern setting of Barcelona's Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the company showed two handsets, the Mini GD880 and the Google-Android powered GT540.

LG GT540 Kent German/CNET

The Mini GD880 takes minimalism to an extreme. Sharp and angles and straight lines predominate and the bright 3.2-inch display takes almost the whole phone. Features include a 5-megapixel camera, e-mail, integration with social networking services, a full Web browser with copy and paste, and LG's Air Sync.

The GT540 runs Google Android 1.6 on a 3.2-inch touch screen. All the normal Android features are here plus a 3-megapixel camera, e-mail, a full Web browser, a unified e-mail manager, a media player, a motion sensor, and wireless syncing.

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