LG KB770 TV-toting touchscreen phone hits Europe

Mobile phones packing TV tuners are still rarer than hens' teeth in the UK - we can think of the Nokia N96 and, er, that's it - but LG has just unleas

Mobile phones packing TV tuners are still rarer than hens' teeth in the UK - we can think of the Nokia N96 and, er, that's it - but LG has just unleashed a new model in Europe.

The KB770 sports a big 3in touchscreen and a DVB-T digital tuner for accessing live TV broadcasts.

Also on board are HSDPA for speedy downloads, a 3MP camera with auto focus, Bluetooth and a microSD slot. There's no Wi-Fi or GPS.

The phone is only launching in Germany at the moment, priced at €449 (around £380). Will it ever bring its live telly talents to the UK market? Well, first things first, LG would have to switch out the DVB-T tuner for a DVB-H one. And as N96 owners already know, there are currently no broadcasters delivering DVB-H content in the UK (and apparently there won't be until 2010!).

So we'd advise you not to hold your breath for LG's gogglebox blower - best make use of the various mobile iPlayer apps offered by the BBC instead.

 

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