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.
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.
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) Night Mode
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.
Text to Speech (English) Full-Duplex Speakerphone Advanced Speaker-Independent Voice Recognition (English & Spanish) Voice Commands: Call Someone, Digit Dial, Voicemail, Missed Calls, Messages, Time & Date Voice Memo Recorder (1 Minute Each; Up to 200 Memos Total) 72-Chord Polyphonic Ring Tone Support 15 Unique Default Ring Tones Personal Organizer: Calendar with Scheduler, Alarm Clock, Notepad Tools: World Clock, Calculator, Ez Tip Calc Speed Dial (98 Entries + 1 Voicemail Default) Address Book with 1000 Contacts -- each stores 5 numbers, 2 e-mail addresses and picture ID External USB Capable Vibrate and Silent Modes TTY/TDD Support Hearing Aid Compatible (M3-Rating) Standalone Mode (RF Off) English and Spanish Language Support Frequency: 1.9 GHz CDMA PCS, 1.5 GHz GPS, 800 MHz CDMA (Dual-Mode) Memory: 128 MB Flash/64 MB SRAM Standard Battery: 1,300 mAh Lithium Polymer