LG flaunts its crazy-wide 'New Chocolate' smartphone

Cellphone-obsessed fanatics have been whispering about this LG BL40 "New Chocolate" smartphone for the past few weeks, and new gorgeous pictures show us that it's all official. But you'll have to wait until sometime before the end of the September to get this unusually long cell phone with its 4-inch-wide, 800x345 screen in your hands.

While you'll need deep pockets to stow this stretch smartphone, LG is not saying how deep your figurative pockets will need to be to possess it, withholding price information until it's closer to its release in 54 countries on as-yet-unannounced cellular providers.

For now, the heart of this story consists of three photos, one which you see above, and two more you can see along with the LG press release, after the jump:

New Chocolate Comes with Big Surprises

Seoul (Korea Newswire) July 30, 2009 11:19 AM -- LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, officially revealed today the full image and key specifications of the new LG Chocolate phone (model: LG-BL40).

The fourth handset of the Black Label Series boasts a distinctive 4.0-inch wide screen high-definition LCD with an 800 by 345 pixel resolution for a superb viewing quality. The wide screen breaks away from conventional screen designs with a 21:9 aspect ratio for a panoramic, cinema-like quality and optimal mobile computing experience.

With the enlarged screen, users will experience a surprisingly convenient and efficient mobile environment. Browsing the Internet is made incredibly easy because with 800 pixels at one's disposal, there is no need to scroll horizontally to read entire web pages. The 4.0-inch display also features a Dual Screen UI that can efficiently display two different types of content simultaneously.

The wide HD LCD "Real VGA" screen provides a full range of natural colors for displayed images, making photos more crisp, videos more true-to-life, games more dynamic and documents more readable.

"The initial response to the new LG Chocolate phone has exceeded our expectations by a wide margin," said Dr. Skott Ahn, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. "Although much interest seems focused on the striking shape of the handset, the real surprise will be when people discover the advantages of the 4.0-inch screen in terms of viewing pleasure and ease of use."

The new LG Chocolate's wide screen is overlaid with curved tempered glass and is seamlessly encased in a glossy black finish and iconic red highlights. Although the screen may be much wider, the new LG Chocolate makes an incredibly slim and chic style statement that was also inherent in the original Chocolate.

The new LG Chocolate will be available beginning Q3 in 54 countries. More information is available at www.lgmobile.com.

Via Slashgear