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The LG LU2300 has been floating around the web in render and rumour form for a month or so, but LG’s new powerhouse Android phone has just been fully specced, and snapped in the wild. Like a slew of recent Android superphones, it reportedly uses Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon chip to fly through apps, but it stands out by being the first to boast a slide out QWERTY keyboard too.

Along with a very tasty in the flesh shot of the LG LU2300, we’re treated to a full spec list for the smartphone, which is due out in South Korea in the next month. Android France reports it’ll pack a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive, finger friendly touchscreen with a super sharp 800×480 screen, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and GPS, plus a digital TV tuner. And of course, the site says the LG LU2300 will run the latest bake of Android, version 2.1.

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What’s of real interest with the LG U2300 though (aside from the strangely place trackball on the bottom right hand corner) is the combination of the superfast Snapdragon chip and a full, four line QWERTY keyboard.

Many current top of the line Android smartphones use the chip (The HTC Desire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for instance), but none have been fused with a physical keyboard for hardcore messaging fiends as the LG LU2300 has. The Motorola Milestone has a similar keyboard but uses a processor with a lower 550MHz clock speed.

There’s no word yet on whether the LG LU2300 will make it out of South Korea, but we’ve got our fingers crossed: the combination of top notch hardware and keyboard could mean LG has a winner on its hands here.

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