Oct 17 AT 8:28 AM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

Coming soon: T-Mobile LG DoublePlay

LG DoublePlay

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?

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    great teenage phone :).. i showed my daughter to get her opinion and her response was

    “eeew physical keyboard?”

    but she liked the 2 screens though

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Seriously? How can anybody like the two screens? Our brains aren’t even wired to do two things at once! lol

    • BiGMERF

      thts why i say teenager phone.. my daughter just liked the coolness factor of the 2 screens

  • R.S

    Nexus, Galaxy S2, Amaze, or the Double Play, how will I ever decide?! Lol

    I could see the appeal of a flip open dual screen phone but not this. The second screen is not only an eye sore but takes up valuable space on the keyboard.

    Not once with any keyboard have I thought to myself, “There is too much space on this keyboard, why didn’t they cram some worthless keys (or screen) to this keyboard?”

    • vanquish

      I’ll help you :D Never buy a phone from LG.

      Just search about what ppl are saying about LG O2X hehe.

      This company doesnt deserve new customers.

      • Adrian

        Woah woah woah buddy, I’m a proud owner of the aforementioned G2x and was lucky to have had one without defects. LG has a crap reputation with reliability, but when they make a good one, it’s REALLY a good one.

  • djluis48

    Actually, i like the idea…i would really like to keep an eye on my FB and Twitter while im surfing the web or playing a game..,i could really use 2 screens.

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    yeah, I just think it’s way too easy to switch between applications to make a 2nd screen useful.

  • Murtaza L

    This type of dual screen is innovative but the only thing it will help in is, is like acting like a mega notification bar and the keyboard has no space between the keys. The bottom screen will help checking notifications on social networking sites, emails. change tracks and even check time while a full screen app or game is running (might also help in keeping game display clear of thumbs by putting the controls on bottom screen like DS) but its just unnecessary. Sony table S2 is way better compared to this.

  • pitacrisps

    That is a retarded looking keyboard.

  • http://www.bestandroiddeals.com Paul Paulson

    My old Nokia from 2005 had the split screen and it was great for texting but I’m not sure what value the 2″ touchscreen brings. Could just be an added feature to differentiate it from the competition. Should be a great texting device though.

  • johnny

    In order for LG to keep up with Sammy, Moto and HTC they need to concentrate on high powered phones rather then mid level. The GX2, Revolution and Thrill are all build good but the custom UI sucks @ss!. They also need to push out updates fast in order for people to take them serious. The rumored Revolution II is a beast and should be put out sometime next year. Hopefully they don’t screw up and release it with gingerbread.