By Stephen Schenck | October 29, 2011 1:46 AM
We get excited enough when a smartphone manufacturer comes out with a new model that’s a spec-bump over a previous release: multi-core processor, more RAM, larger screen, etc. That kind of approach to phone design manages to keep our attention with a seemingly endless parade of higher-end after higher-end hardware continually raising the stakes. Smartphones that actually stand out thanks to an interesting design, though, are a far rarer commodity. Models like the Kyocera Echo may not be the most practical things in the world, but we applaud those companies that will take a new design idea and run with it, bringing us smartphones that stand out from the pack. The latest to make us take notice is an LG QWERTY slider that dares to put a secondary display in the middle of its split keyboard.
The Android LG slider, with T-Mobile branding, appeared at a London event hosted by Orange and Kineto Wireless. Sliding the smartphone reveals a tiny screen nestled in the middle of its QWERTY keyboard. From what we can see, LG appears to be using the screen as an app launch shortcut tray, though that may end up being only one of many functions it offers. No specs were available on the phone, but those that got a chance to have a hands-on with the phone noted a decent but not jaw-dropping main screen and some questionable build quality with the slider mechanic – something that will hopefully get resolved by the time the smartphone leaves development.
So, what is this mystery dual-screen slider? We’ve been wondering what will be the LG Optimus Slider / Gelato Q. In one case, we’ve seen mention of an LG Optimus II Gelato; could the II refer to the dual screens instead of the Optimus 2x? The LG Maxx and Maxx Q are other unknown LG smartphones on the horizon, and if Maxx Q means Maxx QWERTY, we could have another contender right there.
Via: Unwired View