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Verizon Wireless Displays Touch Of enV

5/28/2009 12:29:00 PM Eastern






LG’s enV3 features QWERTY on the inside and dialing keypad on the outside.

San Diego — Verizon Wireless is launching the next-generation of LG’s keyboard-equipped enV phones with two models that include the first touchscreen-equipped enV.

The touchscreen model, the enV Touch, is also the first enV phone to incorporate the Rev. A version of CDMA 1x EV-DO high-speed data technology. The enV2 , launched in early 2008, uses EV-DO, as does the other new enV phone, called the enV3.

Like their predecessor, both new enV phones are dual-face clamshell models that flip open horizontally to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and color screen. When closed, the enV3 displays a vertically oriented external dialing keypad. When the enV Touch is closed, an external touchscreen with haptic feedback is available for dialing, accessing applications and viewing content.

The enV3 will be available to consumers on Friday at $129, while the Touch will be available June at $149, through all of the carrier’s distribution channels. The prices are with two-year service agreement and after $50 mail-in rebate, which takes the form of a debit card.

Another new LG phone from Verizon, the $49.99 Glance, is a CDMA 1x bar phone lacking EV-DO data technology. It’s due June 5 with metal back plate in a woven style.

All three phones are digital dual-band 850/1,900MHz models with GPS driving directions, email, Web browsing, IM, chat, Bluetooth headphone compatibility and Chaperone service to track other Chaperone-enabled handsets or be tracked.

The enV3 and enV Touch add QWERTY keyboard, HTML Web browsing, visual voice mail, 16GB-capable MicroSD slot, video streaming, stereo Bluetooth, over-the-air music downloading and compatibility with side-loaded subscription-based music downloads. Both also feature Mobile Broadband Connect capability so they can be used with a laptop as a wireless modem to connect wirelessly to the Internet.

The 4.11-inch by 2.13-inch by 0.65-inch LG enV3, available in slate blue and maroon, features 2.6-inch internal screen, 1.56-inch external screen, and 3-megapixel camera/camcorder with flash. It also features dedicated text messaging key on the internal keyboard, multi-shot camera mode, smile shot, panorama picture taking and stereo Bluetooth. Compared to its predecessor, it offers slightly larger screens and higher resolution camera.

The Touch features 3-inch external and internal screens, 3-megapixel camera/camcorder, and ability to read MicroSD documents in such file formats as DOC, XLS, PPT and PDF. It can also be used as a USB mass-storage device. It uses a 3.5 mm headset jack instead of the enV3 2.5mm jack.

The Glance features a 1.3-megapixel camera, 2-inch display and 2.5mm headset jack in a 2.92-ounce, 4.31- by 1.87- by 0.38-inch chassis.

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