Chicago – U.S.
Cellular is expanding its Android smartphone portfolio to seven models with the
launch of two models that include the carrier’s first Android-powered global
smartphone, the HTC Merge.
The second phone is the LG Genesis, a clamshell phone with
two touchscreens. It’s available on an exclusive basis to the carrier.
Both smartphones are
priced at $149, and both feature Android 2.2 OS, Wi-Fi hot spot capability, and
8GB memory cards. The Merge is available, and the Genesis becomes available to
consumers on June 9.
HTC Merge, which is HTC’s first Android CDMA world phone,
operates in U.S. 850/1900MHz 3G CDMA Rev. A networks, in overseas 2.1GHz 3G
HSPA networks, and in U.S. and overseas GSM/EDGE networks.
The Merge features
slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard, 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with
haptic feedback and pinch-to-zoom capability, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 720p
video capture, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5-megapixel camera with flash and
autofocus, Exchange ActiveSync, HTC’s Sense user interface, and HTC’s
FriendStream social-media aggregation service, which delivers Facebook, Twitter
and Flickr updates in a consolidated view.
The LG Genesis is a
clamshell phone with two touch screens. A 3.5-inch touch screen on the outside
features virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype text-input technology. Text can
also be input via voice. When it’s folded open along its hinged side, an
internal 3.2-inch touch screen appears along with a wide, hard QWERTY keyboard
for faster typing. It also features 5-megapixel camera. Additional details were