New LG Chocolate 2 Still Uses Dumb Touch Buttons

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Just a few days after releasing a white version of its Chocolate cellphone in the U.S., LG has unveiled the cellphone's successor, the KE800. Destined to be referred to as the Chocolate 2 or the Chocolate Platinum, the cellphone sports a number of improvements over its predecessor, save for one problem: it still uses those awful touch-sensitive "buttons" that don't work half the time. Gone is the shoddy 1.3-megapixel camera and in comes a 2-megapixel camera complete with autofocus. (Also gone is that "look-I'm-an-iPod-wannabe" wheel thing found in the current U.S. Chocolate.) The internal memory gets a boost, too, jumping from 128MB to 256MB. You'll also now find FM radio support and stereo Bluetooth support for all those Bluetooth headphones coming out nowadays. Keep reading after the jump for a few more hot pixxx.

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No word on when this new Chocolate will hit stores, but odds are that the "e" in KE800 stands for EDGE (unconfirmed, of course, as the juciest gossip often is). In Europe, the Tri-band GSM/GPRS will initially be availabe in black and silver, while Korea's CDMA version will feature gold trim around its black exterior. Just lose those terrible "buttons" and you'll have a pretty decent cellphone there, LG.

LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum [GSMArena.com via phoneArena]

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rimplestultskin

now that's a black label phone. sweet improvements, especially that 256MB internal memory(my biggest gripe with the blade is low internal memory and no expansion), but does the camera have a flash? is the phone still thin? can the music player claim more than 24 seconds of battery life? and most importantly, is LG going to make the mistake of giving the north american release to VZ and having the users deal with shite VZ software, instead of going with sprint and using the UI from the shine?