Samsung Smooth hitting Verizon Wireless stores, slated to launch April 1st

A couple of our VZW ninjas sent along the contents of a memo setting an April 1st release date for the upcoming Samsung Smooth U-350, successor to the current U-340. This entry-level handset will feature a 128×160 65K color TFT display, 1xRTT support, VGA camera, Bluetooth, GPS and support for a suite of VZW-centric services like Chaperone, VZ Navigator, Mobile Email and Mobile Web. The phone is reportedly arriving in some stores now so if you really want this blue-gray clam shell, you may be able to sweet talk your way into getting one early. In terms of pricing you’re looking at either $30 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate, though we’re told it may end up being $50 after rebate through some channels. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the specifications and few more close-ups of this little handset that could.

Thanks, VZWNinja and anonymous!

Description
The new Samsung Smooth appeals to tweens, teens and parents alike. It looks cool on the outside and has a lot to offer on the inside. With a full list of messaging options including TXT, Picture Messaging, Mobile Web Mail, you can easily keep up with your social scene. Snap a few pics of your busy life with the VGA camera, send them to friends and fire up your Bluetooth headset to have a laugh. Suddenly life seems a little smoother.

Features
BT Profiles: Headset, HF, SP, OP for vCard & vCalendar, Phonebook Access
Bilingual Interface: English/Espanol
Bluetooth (see BT Profiles for details)
Brightness Adjustment
CDMA 1X 800/1900mHz Digital Only
Camera – VGA
Chaperone Parent/Child capable
Color Effects: Normal, Black & White, Antique, Negative, Green, Aqua
Device Software Update: Download software upgrades Over-The-Air
Digital Zoom: up to 10 steps, depending on resolution adjustment
Directional Microphone
Embedded Ringtones, Vibrating Alerts & Silent
GPS Enabled / E911
Hearing Aid Compatibility:M4/T4
Media Center: Download Games, Ringtones, & More
Mobile Email, Mobile Web Mail and Chat Capable
Mobile Web
OTA Capable
Personal Organizer: Calendar with Scheduler, Note Pad
Phonebook with up to 1000 entries
Preview Mode
Resolution Adjustment: 640×480, 320×240, 160×120
Self Timer: Off, 5 or 10 seconds
Shutter Sound Selection
Speakerphone
TTY compatible
Text, Picture, and Voice Messaging
Tools: Alarm Clock, World Clock, Calculator with Converter, StopWatch
VZNavigator
Voice Commands
Voicemail
White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent

Specifications
Mode: All Digital Talk Time:  Up To 300 Minutes
Color:  N/A  Standby Time: Up To 336 Hours
Size: 3.78H x 1.87W x 0.76D Screen Size: 1.9″
Weight: 3.35oz.
Screen Resolution:  128 x 160, 65K color TFT
Number of Contacts: 1000
Current Software Version:

Included With Handset
Quick Reference Guide
Standard Lithium Ion Battery
User Manual
Wall Charger

LAUNCH DATE- APR 1, 2009

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