Announced in November 2009, the LG eXpo was intended to be the "phone with a projector." As it stands today, it has become the phone that is out of stock. According to industry insiders, "production hurdles" are keeping the device off of retail shelves. LG and AT&T claim that the device is out of stock due to "strong demand," while Ari Stewart, Vice President of wireless products at AuthenTec, claims that the eXpo suffered from "antenna issues." "We shipped thousands of [sensors] to LG...but there has been a delay," Stewart said. When pressed about the issue, LG said "We are working with all our partners to address this issue and expect to have product available soon."
The eXpo is the manufacturer's second smartphone (after the Incite), and in a competitive smartphone environment, the manufacturer is working hard to move into the No. 2 spot by 2012 (as it stands, LG is the third largest phone manufacturer in the world). LG is rumored to be the first to launch a device with Windows Phone 7 Series installed, so should that come to fruition, it could translate into a sales boon for the company.