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LG shows Cookie-branded Twitter phone

New smartphones on show at CeBIT

The LG GS290 Cookie Fresh isn't yet available on planet Earth, but you can find it on Planet Reseller, the part of the Cebit trade show reserved for distributors and resellers.

LG Electronics is showing it and the similarly featured LG GS500 Cookie Plus to resellers in Hanover this week. They will go on sale in the second quarter, a company spokesman said, but he would not say at what price.

The plus, or the fresh new feature, of each compared to the original Cookie phone, the LG KP500, is social networking. The phones contain client software for Facebook and Twitter.

LG cookie freshBoth phones have a 3-inch, 400x240-pixel touch-screen display and a MicroSD Card slot that accepts cards up to 16GB in capacity. Each has a built-in FM radio, a digital music player, a 3.5-millimetre headphone jack and a Bluetooth interface that can connect to stereo Bluetooth headphones.

Neither phone has GPS (Global Positioning System) or Wi-Fi, and the Cookie Fresh, like its predecessor, lacks 3G.

The Cookie Plus, on the other hand, will work on UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) 3G networks, downloading data at up to 3.6M bps (bits per second) over HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access).

The Cookie Fresh has a 2-megapixel camera, while the one in the Cookie Plus is 3 megapixels, like the original Cookie.

The original Cookie had a squarer, more sober design than the Fresh and Plus, which have rounder corners and come in colors other than black. LG has also given the new phones the option to display text in a 'standard' typeface resembling the ubiquitous Arial and a 'fun' one, which on the Fresh looks disturbingly similar to Comic Sans.

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