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First LG Chocolate BL40 Official Shots Don't Surprise, Still Stun

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Short of price, release date and carrier(s), there's not a whole lot that hasn't been leaked about LG's comically long next generation Chocolate, the BL40. But somehow, these first official shots are still enticing. I mean, look at it.


Shock and mystery, I suppose, are at the core of the BL40's appeal, at least until someone actually gets to try one. For everything we do know, and can see reconfirmed here—the featurephone OS, the 5-megapixel camera, the 21:9 screen, the forward-facing videocalling sensor—there's a less observable thing that we don't: How does it feel in your pocket? Your hand? How well does browsing work? How does this phone deal with video that's not encoded for silly-wide displays? And until we find out that LG hasn't discovered clever and/or magical solutions to these potential issues, ogling is the order of the day. [LG]

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I'm actually impressed by this (stop laughing), because when I hold my tiny little cell phone, the mic sits about halfway up my jaw and I have to talk loudly to be heard correctly. As for video playback, I could see a sidebar next to reg widescreen that allows for related dynamic content (non-intrusive subs, song lyrics, DVD cover art, menus, etc.). Hell, use the extra space as a real-time display for the camera to allow you to take pics or even make calls during a video.