By Stephen Schenck | March 3, 2011 8:05 PM
Are the rumors of the LG enV Pro’s death greatly exaggerated? We first heard about the model last year, caught wind of a less-than-favorable report that seemed to imply the phone was dead in the water, and then came across some DLNA certifications in January that made us think there was still hope yet to see the enV Pro’s release. After a lull in sightings, the enV Pro is back in our field of view, with a possible appearance in Cellebrite’s systems, readying its data transfer units to support the smartphone.
In the middle of January, Cellebrite quietly added support for the LG US760 and VS761 devices. It’s our belief that those designations refer to the US Cellular version of the enV Pro, and a Verizon enV Pro reflecting a software upgrade over the base VS760.
There’s no news from either carrier on when to expect the phones, but this Cellebrite inclusion does add some support for the theory that the enV Pro has been delayed, not canceled. If it is going to come out, it had better do so soon, before the hardware starts to stagnate in comparison to newer models. The initial delays were supposedly because test groups didn’t respond favorably to the phone’s flip-open dual-screen design. While it’s too late to change the phone’s construction, maybe pricing it affordably enough would be sufficient to create interest.