The LG Lotus (model name: LX600) was offered in the US market by Sprint Nextel. The carrier believed the design was better suited female customers who it wanted to attract. Its distinctive ‘fashion-first’ design that came in three variants and was awarded a prestigious Red Dot Design Award.
Initially LG offered a textured purple version (which is part of the Mobile Phone Museum collection) and a black variant. It went to also produce a red model, also with a textured design, which was launched later in March 2009.
The phone had a 2.1-inch external display as well as a 2.4-inch internal screen. Unusually for a clamshell, the phone featured a qwerty keyboard with tactile, bubble-like keys. Unfortunately, the keyboard was so tiny and cramped that it was quite challenging to use.
The phone supported Sprint’s EV-DO network which meant that users had access to the company’s entertainment services including its Music Store and also Sprint TV and Sprint Radio.
One additional item of note related to this device is that there was a scarf created to accompany the phone by leading fashion designer Christian Siriano. The scarf featured a pocket specifically tailored to fit the LG Lotus.