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New manufacturer to enter Android smartphone market

New manufacturer to enter Android smartphone market

Although it currently produces optical media players for home cinema systems, Oppo is throwing its hat into the smartphone ring with a new mobile that will use the Google Android platform and feature some unique abilities.

The phone itself is expected to launch in February next year and will sport a multi-touch 3.5 inch display and a full QWERTY keypad hidden beneath, in similar fashion to the N97 or Motorola Milestone.

The quirkiest of the Oppo phone's features include LED lights which sit in a line along the edge of the mobile phone and allow the user to quickly see information relating to current weather conditions.

The LEDs will indicate temperature, humidity and the date and many have reacted with puzzlement to this slightly odd focus on the climate.

The Oppo phone is set to become available in a range of colours from pink to black, with commentators already making comparisons between its stylings and those of the two year old LG Viewty.

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