The 3G-enabled LG Viewty, otherwise known as LG KU990, is now getting an EDGE-only version - the LG KE990.
The new LG KE990 Viewty may sound more of a downgrade to some, but actually it's targeted at markets that don't have 3G coverage such as China or the countries of CIS for example. The new KE990 will have two tri-band versions - a GSM 900/1800/1900 one and another one of GSM 850/1800/1900.
LG KE990 Viewty
The removal of the 3G module has also made room for a camera lens cover - a mechanical slider on the back reveals the way it will be operated. The Jog Wheel on the back has also been redesigned - probably to enhance tactility. Its primary functions remain unchanged - volume control, zoom in/out, manual focus, and navigation scroller.
LG KE990 Viewty product shots
These new changes should open the door for the Viewty to other markets and would allow more competitive pricing. However we don't know an exact price or timeframe for its availability currently.
If you are not familiar with the technology behind the LG Viewty, you can have a look-see at our LG KU990 Viewty review.