Apr 06 AT 3:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

LG Eclipse LU2300: The Snapdragon slider you have been waiting for?

Android fans have been patiently waiting for a true successor to the G1, but all of HTC’s high end phones have been dumping the physical keyboard lately. Many G1 owners have said they are waiting to upgrade their device till someone releases a “Snapdragon slider” (or 1 GHz phone with a full QWERTY keyboard).

Details are beginning to emerge from South Korea about the new LG Eclipse LU2300 Android smartphone. This Android 2.1 device features a Snapdragon processor, 3.5 inch AMOLED display, and a sliding 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

The phone is likely headed for SK Telecom with an April – May release. LG still has ambitions to release Android phones with all the major U.S. carriers, so many this form factor could appear later this year as a different model.

Rumored specs include:

  • Android 2.1
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3.5-inch AMOLED 800×480 touch display
  • Sliding 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 720p HD DivX compatible playback
  • WiFi, GPS, DMB tuner

Via: Android Guys

Source: Cetizen (translated)

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  • Vineares

    YES YES YES Oh god I think I found my next phone. G1 – you’re headed to the sock drawer.

    • http://www.ryanmckayphotography.com Ryan McKay

      once its rooted, I’d be all over it.

  • http://Website LoveToText

    Nice, they should make the keyboard a 5 row. Then it will be the G1 killer. but I guess I can settle for this…

    • Vineares

      Indeed I am a little bummed that it isn’t a 5 row.

    • Killa

      Nah man, I like the 4-row better. I think it lookes nicer too. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Manly Man

    ohhhh I like this!

  • http://Website irving martinez

    My g1 has a crack across the screen. I need a new phone, and it MUST have a keyboard. This looks cool.

  • http://Website William Furr

    Isn’t the Droid a “Snapdragon slider”? The TI OMAP 3430 in it isn’t a Snapdragon, but it’s an ARM Cortex A8 processor.

    Anyway, I’m not waiting for one to exist so much as come to T-Mobile and let me upgrade and keep my family plan.

  • http://Website Adam

    Unlocked on Ebay and I”ll buy this in a second.

    I hope it has US GSM frequencies though which is why the Droid/Milestone has failed as an upgrade for G1 users.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    That brushed aluminum looks nice, and the keys look like they’ll be highly usable. But no back button on the phone? And the 3.5 inch screen looks a bit small on that phone. Is the phone really tall?

  • http://www.nashvilletn-real-estate.com Dean Williams

    The next TMo slider phone with Android will belong to my wife (provided it doesn’t suck). She is ready to move up from her unrooted G1.

  • http://Website Big Joe

    Great news!! Come on T-mobile & get this phone! I need a SNAP/QWERTY/AMOLED phone to replace my beloved G1.

    Taylor, you have some JUICE when these phone developers, get them to put the D-pad on the left for us gamers! LOL

  • http://Website Rich G

    I’m struggling with a Curve 8330 ready to jump ship and this is exactly the style I’m holding out for. Nightly I pray that the Motorola Shadow has substance and will come into the light sooner than later. This keyboard looks sleek though.

  • http://Website Wesley H

    Definatelly good to see but when will phone makers realize d pad goes on left side of keypad. Plenty of games exist to emu but few phones get it.

  • http://allstufftech1.blogspot.com Max Fadia

    looks too good to be true just the sleek design and the keys on the keyboard this is a new step for android phones looking nicer and i think the keyboard is a lot nicer than the droid (sadly because i have a droid) android is busting out phones like there is no tomorrow

  • http://allstufftech1.blogspot.com Max Fadia

    looks too good to be true just the sleek design and the keys on the keyboard this is a new step for android phones looking nicer and i think the keyboard is a lot nicer than the droid (sadly because i have a droid) android is busting out phones like there is no tomorrow. thank god and the d pad also looks very interesting

  • http://Website Tim

    Replace the DMB with ATSC-M and I’m sold.

  • http://Website Jeanundead

    Oh man, please come to America with GSM capabilities!

    I would kill to get this

    Is this available on Ebay?

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  • http://Website jimbo

    When are these manufacturers going to realize we need 5-row keyboards??? 4 rows is nothing and might as well just be virtual. Give me 5 rows with a dedicated number row!

  • http://Website Dneezy

    Is that a front-facing camera?

  • ders

    , for those looking for a 5 row qwerty keyboard , check out the samsung sidekick 4g . :D