We’ve been trying to wrap our heads around what’s to become of the LG enV Pro for months now. It first looked like it’d be going to Verizon, but after a less-than-sunny reception, the phone seemed to be shelved. It just didn’t go away, though, popping up in Cellebrite’s data-transfer system and later at the FCC
The Genesis may have taken so long to snag carrier interest due to its odd form-factor. It’s a dual-screen Android, but a landscape-orientation clamshell, with one screen on the outside and one inside with the QWERTY keyboard. While this simplifies things (vs the Kyocera Echo), since you won’t be using both screens at once, it seems positively wasteful when compared to a more traditional QWERTY slider. You also have to put up with a smaller internal screen, at only 3.2 inches, with a 3.5-inch screen outside; both displays are in WVGA resolution.
While it may look a little odd, the Genesis has some decent specs, running Android 2.2 on a 1GHz Snapdragon, with a five-megapixel camera and a 1500 mAh battery. They’re certainly not top-of-the-line, but definitely a step above a budget Android. There’s no word yet on pricing or a release date, and though the enV’s release had started to move into the we’ll-believe-it-when-we-see-it category, we’re optimistic that it’ll finally see the light of day.