An LG smartphone with an unusual design turned up at a London event yesterday. The LG Flip II will apparently be offered by T-Mobile USA, and is going to have a sliding QWERTY keyboard and not one but two touchscreens… sort of.
Details are a bit sketchy on this handset, as it was being shown off by one of LG partner companies, not LG itself. As it turns out LG and T-Mobile probably didn’t want Kineto Wireless to reveal it to the world, but the cat’s out of the bag now.
The device, which might or might not be called the Flip II, is going to start with a fairly standard design: a slider with a Touchscreen and keyboard. But even a cursory glance will see a second Touchscreen nestled in the middle of the keyboard, a very unusual feature. This second screen will be limited to one specific function however — it’s going to be a dedicated app launcher. Icons for various applications will be displayed, making it easy for the user to open them with a single touch at any time.
Aside from the fact that it’s going to run Google’s Android OS, all the other specifications on this smartphone are a mystery at this point. The screen doesn’t look like it’s very high-resolution, though, and the original Flip was a fairly basic model, so this will likely be an entry-level or mid-range smartphone.
Although it’s supposedly on the way to T-Mobile USA, it’s not known when this is going to happen. And, as mentioned earlier, the price is also unknown.
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