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 unavailable.