LG Shine: Photos of the Chocolate phone's successor

Today LG unveiled the second handset in the Black Label series in Korea. It looks pretty slick and comes in an all-metal casing, as these photos show...

Today LG added a new slider phone to its Black Label Series that includes the very popular Chocolate phone. The new handset is called the LG Shine (pictured) and comes in a stainless steel casing. It's currently only available in Korea, but will come to the UK some time early next year.

The Shine measures 51mm by 98mm by 14mm and weighs 115g. It features a mirror-like front section that hides an LCD colour screen. The front section of the phone also houses a scroll wheel for easy navigation. Hopefully, this new interface will be easier and quicker to use than the Chocolate's.

Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, expandable memory slot and an MP3 player. We're impressed with the stainless steel casing but we'll wait until we've got our hands on it for our final judgement. Watch this space for more updates on the LG Shine. -AL

The colour screen is hidden behind a mirror-like surface.
There's an alphanumeric keypad hidden behind the slide that is similar to the Motorola Razr's flat keypad.
The scroll wheel on the front will hopefully make navigating through the menu easy and fast.
On the back of the Shine, there's a 2-megapixel camera with LED photo light and small portrait mirror.
Unlike the Chocolate phone the camera is not hidden behind the slide and is therefore not as protected.
At only 14mm thick, the LG Shine should slip easily into your pocket.
There's a dedicated shutter button for quick access to the camera.
The stainless steel casing makes the Shine more robust than the Chocolate phone.
When held horizontally the Shine looks more like a metallic compact camera than a phone.