• Built on the decent success of their Viewty phone, LG [LPL] is releasing another touchscreen smartphone, this one dubbed the Renoir. They first gave consumers a glimpse of the device in August, but more details have since emerged that tell the story of a capably-spec’d device that incorporates one hell of a camera: an 8MP sensor with a Schneider lens, xenon flash and up to 1600 ISO film speed.

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  • Not to be outdone by Sony Ericcson's [NYSE:SNE] new 8-megapixel phone, word has it that Samsung [SEO:005930] is formulating a competitor dubbed the i8510, complete with -- you guessed it -- an 8-megapixel camera. The phone will run on the Symbian S60 operating system (recall that Symbian was recently bought out from partial ownership by European mobile giant Nokia [NYSE:NOK]) and could provide competition for Nokia's own Symbian-based N96.

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