LG's KP500: first cheap touchscreen phone

The LG KP500 - always wanted a touchscreen phone but never had the cash? Here you go!
The LG KP500 - always wanted a touchscreen phone but never had the cash? Here you go!

LG has released a new handset, the KP500, which is designed to help bring touchscreen phones to the masses.

Essentially a watered-down version of the recently unveiled KP910 8MP cameraphone, the phone will have an "affordable introduction price never offered before," though we're yet to find out exactly what this will be.

So, for your (relatively small) dollar, you'll be getting a 3in touchscreen, an auto-rotating screen courtesy of an accelerometer, and quad-band connectivity.

Slow 'net

This means no 3G downloading, so browsing the internet on this thing might be a little slow, but hey, it worked for Apple!

You'll be getting a 5MP camera in the little metal bundle too, so despite the reduced connectivity it's still a fairly reasonable handset.

Coming in October, it'll be coming in four fun colours, Anodizing silver, Elegant gold, Vandyke brown and Dark As The Heart Of Evil black (we renamed the last one as it was boring to just say black.)

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.