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IFA LG and Sony Ericsson have joined the Windows Mobile 6.5 bandwagon, both launching 3G-capable handsets based on Microsoft’s latest phone OS.

SE has formally unveiled its latest update to the Xperia smartphone range, the X2, while LG has taken the wraps off a “next generation smartphone” called the GM750.

LG GM750

LG's GM750: WinMob UI out, S-Class in

Sporting a 3in touchscreen, the GM750 also runs LG’s established S-Class ‘cube’ interface in addition to WM 6.5.

The handset is equipped with a GPS chip to help you find your way to the nearest Starbucks, where you should be able to log onto the web using the GM750’s Wi-Fi connectivity.

If you’re out and about, web access is also possible over a 7.2Mb/s HSDPA 3G connection. LG added that the GM750 supports several third-party applications, including weather reports, traffic information and stock prices. However, the list of available apps doesn’t appear as expansive as those available through Apple’s App Store.

The LG handset also has a 5Mp camera - but the one on the Xperia X2 packs a higher resolution: 8.1Mp, according to SE.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

Slide-down Qwerty keyboard

It also has a “real 3D panel” for three-dimensional controls in various applications, such as Music. The X2 supports quad-band GSM and 3G connections.

It also enables you to access frequently used applications through a SlideView menu feature. App fans have access to up to 14 ‘panels’ on which to add icons for everything from Google to games, and sites from CNN to YouTube.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

3D UI... kind of

Windows 7-style moving wallpapers can be added o the X2 and handwritten notes can be added into the phone, thanks to its support for handwriting recognition.

The phone’s other notable features include DLNA compatibility, Wi-Fi, a TV port and Assisted GPS. Data is stored on Micro SD cards.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

Pick your preferred panels

LG’s GM750 will initially be available in the Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands and Spain, and in the UK through Vodafone from 6 October. France will get the phone on the same date, but through SFR. Prices haven’t been released yet.

SE’s Xperia X2 will be available, also through Vodafone, during the fourth quarter. Buyers will be able to choose between “Elegant Black” and “Modern Silver”. A price hasn’t been given. ®

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