LG has announced it's making the KS360 mobile phone handset available to the UK.

The GPRS/Edge phone, which measures 101.5x51x16.8mm, was initially launched in Asia last month. Its key features are its combination of a 2.4in touchscreen with auto-rotate and a slide-out Qwerty keypad.

Surprisingly, the LG has no Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity options. Instead, users are offered GPRS and Edge and a WAP 2.0 browser, along with the ability to instant-message, email and surf social networking sites on the move.

When the keypad is opened fully, the KS360's 2.4in screen automatically rotates 90 degrees using accelerometer technology.

An accelerator detects how the handset is being held and adjusts the display to either landscape or portrait mode.

The feature, found on some compact digital cameras, such as the Canon Digital Ixus range, is offered on phones such as the iPhone and the LG Viewty as well as on Sony's latest digital photo frames.

The phone also has a touchscreen, a 2Mp camera, Bluetooth 2 and USB connectivity. It is able to play Mpeg4 and H.264 video clips and has a 15MB internal memory on which photos and other items can be stored. More practically, multimedia items can be stored and read from microSD cards. The LG will be able to take microSD cards with capacities of up to 4GB.

Available as a pre-pay phone through O2 and Orange from August, the LG comes in a range of colours including titanium and bright blue, white and soft pink, black and red and black and silver.

LG KS360 Qwerty mobile phone

LG KS360 Qwerty mobile phone

LG has announced it's making the KS360 mobile phone handset available to the UK.

The GPRS/Edge phone, which measures 101.5x51x16.8mm, was initially launched in Asia last month. Its key features are its combination of a 2.4in touchscreen with auto-rotate and a slide-out Qwerty keypad.

KS360 specifications

• GSM/GPRS/EDGE
• GMS 900/1800/1900
• lithium-ion 800mAh battery
• dimensions: 101.5x51x16.8mm
• 2.4in QVGA (240x320) touchscreen with 262K colours
• 2 megapixel camera
• 15MB internal memory
• accepts microSD cards up to 4GB
• Bluetooth V2.0
• USB 2.0
• 64 polyphonic ringtones
• Audio codecs: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
• Video codecs: MPEG4/H.263
• Browser: WAP 2.0
• JAVA: MIDP 2.0
• Messaging: SMS, MMS, IM, Email
• touchsreen dialling

LG KS360 mobile phone with Qwerty keypad shown

The LG KS360 has a slide-out Qwerty keypad for those who prefer not to have to use a touchscreen to type emails or enter phone numbers