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LG U880

 LG U880 Discontinued
24th October 2005

The LG U880 is billed by LG as the "world's slimmest 3G phone" - and at 18.2mm thick, we can't think of any 3G phone that's thinner - it's skinnier even than the Motorola V3x 3G phone which is 19.6mm thick.

It's certainly one of the lightest 3G phones too, at 99 grams it just breaks the magical "100 gram" barrier for 3G handsets. It's a squarer phone than most LG 3G phones, and the external antenna has now been tucked inside the case. However, the model name (U880) is a little baffling.. perhaps they shaved off a digit to save some weight?

As you can guess by the branding on the photograph on the right, the LG U880 will be exclusively available on the Hutchison 3 network in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia.

The U880 comes with a 2.0" 176x220 pixel display in 262,000 colours, Bluetooth, expandable TransFlash/microSD memory (plus 75Mb internal memory), dual stereo speakers, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera (swivelling), MP3 player with external controls and a claimed 4 hours talktime. There's a web browser and email client too.

As a comparison, the Motorola V3x has a higher resolution screen (240x320 pixels), twin cameras (main one is 2.0 megapixels), and 5 hours claimed talktime, but only 5Mb of internal memory (it also uses TransFlash/microSD expansion), no external media player controls and the V3x is significantly heavier at 125 grams - it's also 1.4mm thicker. We'd argue that on technical specifications, both the LG U880 and V3x are roughly equivalent, although the Motorola handset looks prettier in our view.

LG and 3 hope to have the LG U880 in the shops before Christmas this year.

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LG U880 at a glance


Q4 2005


UMTS (3G) + GSM 900/1800/1900




176x220 pixels, 262,000 colours


1.3 megapixels (rotating)


Medium clamshell
99x49x18mm / 99 grams









Battery life:

4 hours talk / 12 days standby


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