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LG announces Optimus 7 smartphone running Windows Phone 7

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LG announces Optimus 7 smartphone running Windows Phone 7

South Korean electronics giant LG has beat competitors to the punch by unveiling the first “official” smartphone running Windows Phone 7.

Details of the Optimus 7 were spilled on the LG blog this morning, well before the embargoed deadline at 2PM (GMT) today when Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 launch event kicks off. The blog has since been taken down but we managed to scoop the details just in time.

The candybar-shaped kit enclosed in a sleek, black casing houses a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a five-megapixel snapper with LED flash and HD video capture in 720p resolution, plus 16GB of onboard memory.

There is also Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, proximity and ambient light sensors and a digital compass.

LG also revealed a number of apps it hopes will set the Optimus 7 apart from its competition, such as Play-To, a built-in DLNA multimedia sharing platform, Scansearch, a real-time search assistant powered by augmented reality and last but not least, Voice-to-text, which LG says "will be a godsend for text addicts, allowing voice to text transcribing for Facebook and Twitter updates, emails or memos for a convenient hands free experience".

Pricing and release details were not mentioned but expect these to be confirmed after Microsoft has it its chance at announcing the handset.

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