I received this in the mail this morning…
“Last week, you may have read about the LG cell phone pico projector that was being announced. This week, the writers from Engadget have announced that the projector phone will be called the LG “Monaco,” which is also known as the “Pico.” The phone features a 3.6Mbps HSDPA, a 3.2-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel AF cam, microSD expansion, and Windows Mobile 7. According to the information, the pico projector, which was supposed to be part of the projector, is now an add-on feature. There is no information about whether the projector will attach to the phone or will it require a cable connection. There is also no additional information as to the specs about the projector itself. The Monaco is not expected to release until September, so only time will tell what this mystery pico projector can do. More information will be released as it becomes available. [via Engadget]”
What I found interesting is the comment about pico projector…
“According to the information, the pico projector, which was supposed to be part of the projector, is now an add-on feature. There is no information about whether the projector will attach to the phone or will it require a cable connection. There is also no additional information as to the specs about the projector itself.”
So, I did some research to find out the launch date for LG Monaco and found this [dated September 21st, 2009]…
“Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 release is just a month away, and so too are the first phones that will utilize it. Boy Genius Report has managed to get its hands on one slide from a recent AT&T concall confirming a partial list of the handsets set to ship with the new, improved, more finger-friendly flavor of the OS, and even a few models that will be upgraded to it. Two from Samsung, the Epix and Jack, will receive version updates in October, while HP's Obsidian, earlier targeted for November, seems to have been pushed back to December, and LG's Monaco similarly has slipped to November. HTC's Fortress (a.k.a. the Pro2), however, will apparently be ready with bells on next month. As will we, dear readers. As will we.”
Aha, November release as the new date?
Now that raised another question in my mind. What operating system the LG Moncao will have… is it Windows Mobil 6.5… or wait for WinMo 7?
Looks like it's going to be WinMo 7 no doubt!!!
Here’s why [in the words of Gigmodo]…
“We've been watching Windows Mobile 6.5—or Windows Phone, as Microsoft is sometimes calling it—for months, since Jesus first laid his thumbs on it back in February. We even taught you how to install developer builds! The final version I got for testing, though, was almost identical to the builds we saw so many months ago. This means two things: That we already know what it's going to look like and how it's going to work; and that no, it's nowhere near the upgrade that Windows Mobile needs to be even remotely interesting.
It's a superficial update, and not a very thorough one. It's an interim product, and a vain attempt to hold onto the thinning ranks people who still choose Windows Mobile despite not being somehow tethered to it until the tardy Windows Mobile 7 comes out, whenever that may be. And it won't work.”
I’m sure LG Electronics is aware of the short comings of WinMo 6.5 and would wait for the release of WinMo 7.
Here’s the link to Gizmodo write-up…
The bottom line is…
“LG Monaco is coming out with a pico projector as an accessory [hopefully the SHOWwx] and both are currently waiting for launch together... while WinMo 7 gets ready.
First, it was Corning with a technical glitch with its green lasers… now it is WinMo 7 being tardy!
Assuming, of course, LG Monaco is accompanied by SHOWwx Pico projector.