LG and T-Mobile have partnered to launch the LG DoublePlay, an entry-level 4G QWERTY smartphone. What really makes the aptly-named DoublePlay stand out is the dual screen display. Instead of the fold-out screen featured in the Kyocera Echo, the LG DoublePlay has a 3.5-inch main display and a 2-inch secondary display placed smack dab in the middle of the slide-out keyboard.
The dual touchscreens allow DoublePlay owners to use the secondary screen in tandem with the first screen (to make it a bit bigger), or as a standalone screen for text messaging, updating your facebook status, checking your calendar, etc. while doing something else on your main screen.
You’ll also find the following features on the DoublePlay:
- 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s overlay
- GroupText and CloudText, which allow you to send and receive texts across platforms, including via phone, PC or tablet
- 4G HSPA+ connectivity (though probably not up to 42mbps, likely 21 or 14)
No word on pricing or release date was given for the LG DoublePlay. We expect the device to be available on T-Mobile within a month. Since the DoublePlay is an entry-level device, we expect the price will fall somewhere around the $100 mark. We’ll be sure to let you know once we hear more from LG/T-Mobile.
Personally, I don’t exactly see the need for a secondary touchscreen in a smartphone, and don’t think I would ever use the secondary 2-inch screen featured on the LG DoublePlay. What do you guys think? Will you be opting for the LG DoublePlay when it launches on T-Mobile? Or do you prefer the more feature-rich superphones coming up?