LG unveils a non-Qualcomm CDMA phone - SD280 without much fuss
LG Electronics and SK Telecom introduced a new CDMA mobile phone from LG - SD280 without the usual advertising and announcement parties. The reason for keeping low is the fact that the new device is equipped with a new chipset, produced by the domestic chipmaker EoNex instead of the Qualcomm chip, which is provided for the majority of CDMA modems ever since its release. The EoNex chip, announced in October, is only 2.5G (compared to the 3G chips, in testing at present), but it is a cheaper alternative. LG, on the other hand, doesn't want to jeopardize its relationship with Qualcomm, which provides EV-DO chips, hence the hushed release of the LG SD280. The phone came out on 25 October, but it's not advertised and only about 4950 units have been sold by the end of November.
Source: Telekoms Korea