Verizon announced the LG VX9800 will be exclusively available next week to Verizon Wireless customers, before the official introduction in October. The VX9800 is an advanced smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, MP3 player functionality and 1.3 megapixel digital camera. It also features integrated stereo speakers and support for MiniSD memory cards.
The phone has a 65k color 160 x 128 pixels external LCD display and a 262k color 320 x 256 pixels internal LCD display. It features Bluetooth connectivity and EV-DO for fast wireless internet applications like mobile e-mail, mobile instant messaging, video streaming and more.
The LG VX9800 also has an integrated MP3 player with customizable equalizer along with two speakers for stereo sound. Besides music you can also take pictures with the 1.3 megapixel camera with flash.
Record 15-Second Video Clips (15 fps)
Save up to 315 Videos @ 176 x 144 or 153 Videos @ 320 x 240 Pixels
Video (Camcorder) Format: 3g2
Camera Resolutions: 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 176 x 144,
160 x 120 Pixels
Zoom: Up to 4x (varies by resolution)
Save up to 365 Photos @ 160 x 120 or 16 Photos @ 1280 x 960 Pixels
LCD Dual Mode for Self-Portraits
Close-up Mode for Photos at Close Range
Self-Timer: 3, 5 or 10 seconds
Customizable Brightness, White Balance, Shutter Sound, Color
Effects, Photometry and Orientation (Portrait/Landscape)
Music, pictures, videos and other files can be stored on MiniSD memory cards. The phone measures 4.57" x 1.97" x 1.00" and weighs 5.19 oz. The standby time is up to 8.3 days and usage time is rated at 4.16 hours.
The LG VX9800 will be offered on September 26 by Verizon for $299.99 after $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year customer agreement at Verizon Wireless's website. On October 1 to phone will be available in more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the US and at Circuit City locations for $299.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement.
Looking at the specifications and the price I think this will be a serious competitor to Motorola's iTunes enabled ROKR E1 phone.