updated 09:10 am EST, Fri December 15, 2006
LG KE850 Touchscreen Phone
Electronics maker LG is working on a potentially breakthrough phone design, according to the Hungarian site MobilPort. The KE850 (pictured) borrows the minimal front buttons of the company's Shine slider but uses a larger, 240x400 touchscreen to do away with the number pad entirely. Dialing, messaging, and other functions are handled directly from the screen itself, as with some larger PDAs. While few other details are available, the phone's interface provides a Mac-like control scheme and is designed to let the user switch quickly between core functions such as phone, media, and document functions. An official announcement is likely in the near future and will reveal whether or not the KE850 will be available outside of Korea.
Extra photos of the interface are available after the jump.