LG and AT&T have just announced the launch of a new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone with one standout feature: a built-in projector for displaying PowerPoint slideshows on the go. OK, OK, that’s not all the projector can be used for – the DLP pico projector can display other media too, like photos or videos. But let’s get real here – the most common use for projectors, especially in the business world, is slideshows.
Although pico projectors aren’t exactly new, we’ve yet to see them incorporated into all that many devices, save for the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj for example. We certainly haven’t seen many mobile cell phones adding them as a selling feature, though. Still, whether or not an added projector will lead to mainstream success remains to be seen. However, it’s easy to imagine the phone gaining a niche following among business users…especially when you take into account its other big selling point: a fingerprint sensor for added security.
The other specs for the device are fairly standard: a 3.2-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, 5 megapixel camera with flash and video capture, and support for microSD cards.
The only bad news is that LG plans on a limited release starting December 7th which includes a handful of select cities: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami. The reason? The LG eXpo works with AT&T's 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G technology which will go live in those cities shortly.
The phone by itself is $199 after a mail-in rebate with a two year contract, but adding the projector costs another $179.