October 26, 2011 | by Charles West
It looks like the dual-screen wonder called the LG DoublePlay may be heading to a T-Mobile store near you on November 2. The phone is suppose to target those who need a decent multitasking handset that can perform all the basic functionality, with added social media capabilities offered from its secondary screen.
The LG DoublePlay is a mid-range Android handset that was announced on October 18, the phone carries a unique slide-out QWERTY keyboard that has a secondary 2-inch touchscreen display lying on top. The DoublePlay packs some pretty standard features, including:
- 3.5-inch primary screen
- 1GHz processor
- 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video
- T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Group Text to communicate with multiple people at once
- Cloud Text to send and receive texts across platforms, including a PC or tablet
T-Mobile said the phone will be available in time for the holidays, but as of right now there isn’t any pricing details to go off — but one can only imagine that the DoublePlay will probably end up in the sub-$100 category.
Honestly, I don’t really know what to make of these dual-screen phones. Manufacturers and carriers seem fascinated with the prospect of making and selling phones with more than one screen, which is a fad that hasn’t taken off with consumers as of yet. We talked about this before, when we asked readers to raise their hands if they wanted a dual-screen device. There have been a few dual-screen devices which have failed to grab people’s attention — Sprint’s Kyocera Echo is one that comes to mind.