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LG planning iPhone rival in Q4; new PRADA and Vertu-rival after

LG planning iPhone rival in Q4; new PRADA and Vertu-rival after

LG have revealed their plans to launch a number of new luxury phones, including a new PRADA design, which they hope will help usurp Samsung from their number two cellphone maker in the world position.  According to LG’s mobile business president, Ahn Seung-kwon, the current number three is aiming to step up by 2012, and one of their first steps in doing so will be releasing a new "Black Label" series phone in Q4 2009 to take on Apple's iPhone 3GS.

LG Prada II and Prada Link Bluetooth Watch launch

LG Prada II and Prada Link Bluetooth Watch launch

LG have officially launched the Prada II cellphone, as expected, and it's brought along a friend in the shape of a Bluetooth watch, the Prada Link.  Like other such devices we've seen, it can show caller ID as well as preview text messages, without requiring you to whip out the handset itself (and promptly get mugged).  As we've already seen, the Prada II itself is a 3G HSDPA (900/2100MHz) device with WiFi, a 3-inch capacitive WQVGA touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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LG Viewty getting the silver treatment too

LG Viewty getting the silver treatment too

Shortly after the news of the new silver edition of the LG Prada phone they are performing the same color change on the Viewty. The Viewty has sold over 550k units since its inception and that is apparently the reason they are launching a new color.

LG dropping new silver version of the Prada phone

LG dropping new silver version of the Prada phone

With over 700,000 of these babies sold its no surprise they are trying something new to see how much longer they can capitalize on this single design, and they really are truly amazing devices. Other than the external color change there is at least one internal update as well.

LG KS20 for sale, if you are in Europe

LG KS20 for sale, if you are in Europe

This is another one of those Prada-like handsets from LG. This one has HSDPA up to 3.6Mbps and a 2.8” touchscreen.

It also has a 2MP camera, a microSD card slot, and WiFi. It also has Bluetooth and Windows Mobile 6, which is realistically probably one of the downsides of the phone.

SlashGear Exclusive: Live video of Verizon’s Voyager smartphone

SlashGear Exclusive: Live video of Verizon’s Voyager smartphone

Out of all of Verizon's holiday lineup, the most anticipated (and the most hyped) has been the Voyager. A clamshell with full touchscreen on the outside and QWERTY keypad for fulsome messaging on the inside, it's been granted the usual title of "iPhone Killer" and Verizon's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Lanman pushed out all his chips by saying "we think it'll be the best phone ... it will kill the iPhone". SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen cajoled some hands-on time with the Voyager at CTIA - including some exclusive video of it in action - and gave some preliminary feedback; we'll be bringing you a full review later on when we've had time to really get to know the handset's quirks.

Check out the hands-on video with the Verizon Voyager after the cut...

SlashGear Exclusive: Video Hands-on with Samsung’s Giorgio Armani phone

SlashGear Exclusive: Video Hands-on with Samsung’s Giorgio Armani phone

SlashGear were lucky enough to be invited by Samsung to a preview event, the undeniable star of which was the company's rival to the Prada phone: a partnership handset with Giorgio Armani.  Likely to be known as the Armani phone rather than the relatively dry SGH-P520, the handset comes complete with tri-band (900/1800/1900) EDGE, a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen and intuitive UI, and a 3-megapixel camera.

More exclusive photos of the Samsung Giorgio Armani handset, plus a UI walkthrough video, after the cut

LG Rolex mobile phone concept

LG Rolex mobile phone concept

First LG partnered with Prada, now they are apparently doing deals with Rolex. For those of you that recognize the name but can’t put a face to it, look to your wrist if your are upper management and your boss ever gifted you a watch.

Yes that’s right, now LG is working with the watchmaker to make a new phone. They recently showed it off, but photos were prohibited, so all you get is a Rolex logo for now. But, there is apparently a centerpiece on the phone which is a real Rolex watch face embedded in the casing and surrounded by luxury leather on the outside.

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