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LG's slider promises 'feel of human skin'

Well, silicone...

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Skinny handsets have been around for ages. However, a phone that resembles the feel of human skin is something else altogether.

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LG's SH240: its silicone keypad 'feels like real skin'

The SH240 is LG’s latest slider handset. The phone's party trick is that the keypad is crafted from silicone to make it feel as though the user is tapping out a text message on someone’s skin.

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Touch me, feel me...

It doesn’t seem this skin-like keypad has many technological benefits. However, given that the rest of the handset’s made from chrome, the phone may look a bit like a bruised and battered Terminator after six months of heavy use.

The LG-SH240 has a two-megapixel camera on board, which is fairly average by today’s standards. Pictures can either be stored on an external memory card or transferred to another device over Bluetooth. HSDPA 3G connectivity is present too.

LG’s SH240 is currently only available in Korea, where it costs around KRW400,000 (£200/€260/$400).

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