The beautiful thing about Android is that its software flexibility allows manufacturers to try out all sorts of interesting form factors. We spotted a new one in the Flip II, which we know is headed for T-Mobile thanks to a leaked roadmap. New press shots show the phone in its dual-screen glory and sporting a new manufacturer designation, the LG Doubleplay.
Unlike the Kyocera Echo, the Doubleplay’s secondary screen is a smaller one sitting on the slide-out keyboard. From the photos it looks like it’s about 1.5 inches diagonally, with perhaps a 240 x 180 resolution (just a guess based on the 480 x 320 main display). So far we’ve only seen what look like app shortcuts on the smaller screen, flanked by a thumb-friendly split keyboard. While an Echo-style dual screen APK is certainly possible, it isn’t all that likely, as the hardware looks decidedly mid-range. If you look closely on the photo above, you can see a 5-megapixel rear camera, and the software appears to be 2.3 Gingerbread with some LG customizations.
The T-Mobile branded version of the Doubleplay is called the Flip II, though that phone has a more muted color scheme. According to the latest leaked plans from the carrier, it’ll be available on November 2nd for $149.99 on a 2-year contract. The device will feature HSPA+ bands for T-Mobile’s “4G” network. Expect an official announcement soon, as other devices like the LG myTouch and myTouch Q have already had official press debuts.
[via Android Guys]