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The latest mobile phones unveiled at the mobile world congress in Barcelona.

LG KF600

LG has unveiled the KF600 slider phone, which has two screens. The top screen serves as a display for the phone's content, while the bottom screen acts as a navigation pad which adapts according to which functions are in play. For example, if the music player is being used, music keys automatically appear. The device features a camera with autofocus, a 2in display, Bluetooth 2.0, only 25MB of internal memory - which thankfully can be expanded using microSD cards, multimedia player and FM radio. You won't have to wait long for this one as it is available from the end of February in the UK on T-Mobile and Orange.

Price according to contract

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Nokia N96

Nokia became the king of the multifunction mobile phone market with the N95. The N96 supports video formats including MPEG4, Windows Media Video and Flash, while transferring and accessing videos is fast with a USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. The storage of the Nokia N96 can be further expanded with an optional micro SD card. It also features a kickstand, media keys, a 3.5mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. There's also GPS and a 5-megapixel camera.

Available autumn 2008, price to be confirmed

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson has long been the doyen of the Symbian mobile operating system. But no more, as it has announced a new smartphone range, which will run Windows Mobile. The flagship X1 features a slide-out qwerty keyboard and a 3in display. The keyboard curves forward as it slides down. The handset has a welcome 400MB of internal memory with Micro SD card support. It also has a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera. Connectivity comes via quad-band 3G HSDPA and HSUPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with A2DP stereo streaming. Not forgetting GPS. All this sounds similar to the HTC TyTN handset. In fact, HTC are the original device manufacturer.

Available summer 2008, price to be confirmed

www.sonyericsson.co.uk [new window]

Samsung Soul

Samsung literally bared its Soul in Barcelona, when it launched its flagship device for 2008. It is a dual-screen slider and the main navigation panel is a touch-sensitive display, where the keys change depending on what the handset is doing. On the back is a 5-megapixel camera, which has autofocus and flash with image stabilisation and face detection. This is a HSDPA 3.5G phone with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. It has Bluetooth, but sadly no WiFi. Memory is expandable using microSD cards, and the main display is a 2.2in 240 x 320 pixel panel. The Samsung Soul is a pretty slim device finished in an eye catching brushed metal design at 12.9mm depth. There's an MP3 player and FM radio, too.

Available end of spring, price to be confirmed

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Toshiba Portege G810

Toshiba has unveiled a Windows Mobile-based smartphone with a gorgeous piano black finish with blue accents on its keys. Users get a 2.8in touchscreen with the 58 x 110 x 14mm G810. It supports quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, in addition to 3G HSDPA for connections of up to 3.6Mb/s. GPS and Bluetooth are also present. There is a 3-megapixel camera. It has a business feel, but it still has multimedia features with support for MP3, AAC and other audio formats. Video footage can be viewed on WMV or MPEG4. A micro SD slot supports cards of up to 4GB.

Available end of spring, price to be confirmed

www.toshiba.co.uk [new window]

Modu Modular mobile phone

Imagine being able to build your own mobile phone to your own specification. This is exactly what Modu Mobile from Israel plans. The mobile phone bit is the smallest element and is designed to be slotted into other devices - like a Russian doll - that augments its electronics to turn it into a more powerful device such as a laptop. The company hopes to work with other companies to manufacturer companion devices. Early rollouts are likely to occur in Russia, Italy and Israel later this year with a global availability scheduled for early 2009.

Availability and price to be confirmed

www.modumobile.com [new window]

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