Wowsers! LG's 5MP phone hits the UK next month

That noise you can hear? It’s the thud, thud, thud as the digital compact camera coffin is carried to its grave.After years of playing catch-up, the h

That noise you can hear? It’s the thud, thud, thud as the digital compact camera coffin is carried to its grave.

After years of playing catch-up, the humble British cameraphone – in the shape of LG’s K920 – has finally matched the megapixel level of its standalone rivals. Capable of taking 5MP shots, LG’s swivelling hybrid goes a full two megapixels further than previous cameraphones from the likes of Sony Ericsson, Nokia and BenQ Siemens.

Whether it produces shots comparable to a proper 5MP compact camera remains to be seen, although it’s worth pointing out that most compacts these days have moved on to the safer land of 7 and 8MP shores. We’re hoping to look at a finished one next week, so we’ll let you know the second we’ve had a play.

Other cool photography stuff includes two flashes – one xenon similar to your average camera, one a phone LED light – auto-focus and a 240 x 320 res screen to peruse the results. Storage is ably handled by a 256MB MiniSD card that comes in the box, and it even has an MP3/AAC player (not for iTunes Music Store tracks, naturally).

With such power credentials, we’d expected the thing to be a beast. Obese. Obscene. But it’s not, since the thing’s only 18mm thick and weighs 130g, which is actually fairly small.

Nokia, Sony Ericsson: it’s your move.

Essentials

LG K920

Price: Free on contract

On sale: August

Contact: Carphone Warehouse

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