LG and Prada Team On iPhone-like KE850 Release

Arik Hesseldahl

Since we got our first look at the iPhone last week, I've been intrigued by speculation around the KE850, a curiously similar phone subject to its own bit of rumor and speculation of late. Today LG said it would team with the luxury brand Prada to release the phone in the UK, France, Germany and Italy next month, giving it the bragging rights to being the first phone on the market with an all-touch interface. See more and some more pictures at Mobilewhack.

Its really tailored to the European market, and is somewhat smaller than the iPhone. It also sports Bluetooth, but no WiFi, but its wireless phone connection is tri-band GSM 900 - 1800 - 1900 with EDGE data, whereas the iPhone is Quad-band GSM with WiFi.

It also has some stylish single-touch icons that call up various features, just like the iPhone. Engadget says the user interface is based on Macromedia's flash, which strikes me a very interesting.

I'm really curious to learn more about this stripped down version of OS X that runs on the iPhone. Very curious indeed.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.