LG launches the Renoir in Europe

LG unveiled the Renoir, the successor to the LG Viewty. Not available in the U.S.

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LG unveiled its latest touch-screen phone this Thursday, dubbed the Renoir. Also known by its model name KC910, the Renoir is a touch-screen phone with a whopping 8-megapixel camera as well as camera features that LG claims rivals that of even standalone digital cameras.

It's equipped with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, a Xenon flash, auto and manual focus, up to ISO 1,600 sensitivity, and geotagging. The Renoir also has a feature called Touch Shot that lets you focus on an object by tapping it on the screen, and then automatically taking a photo of it when the finger is removed. Another unique feature is Beauty Shot, which removes spots and imperfections from people's faces--like a digital face-lift, if you will. Finally, there's Art Shot, which consists of a number of preset effects like black and white to color tones.

Other features of the Renoir include text and multimedia messaging, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 3G HSDPA, a music player, a camcorder with the ability to capture 120 fps slow-motion video and to compress events to 5 fps time lapse recording, built-in support for DivX and Xvid, and more. It is also the first handset to have Dolby Mobile, which promises richer bass sound to the music player.

The Renoir is LG's successor to the Viewty, and much like its predecessor, the Renoir is not slated to debut in the U.S. It will come out in Europe in October, Asia, Latin America and CIS in November, the Middle East and Africa in December, and China in January 2009.

Though we did not see too many specs on this, LG also announced that it will launch another 8-megapixel cell phone dubbed the LG KC780 in October.