As expected, the Samsung Alias 2 is now available from Verizon Wireless. The dual hinge clam shell with dynamic electronic ink keypad will set you back a mere $79 after a $50 MIR/online discount with a 2-year contract. A 1-year contract will cost you $149 after a $50 MIR/online discount and full retail is $259. If you need more than one Alias 2, the phone is part of Big Red’s classic buy-one-get-up-to-four-free offer. Just a word of caution as the additional free handsets do require a 2-year commitment. If anyone heads out to his or her local Verizon Wireless store and picks up this bad boy today, give us a shout in the comments with your first impressions.
One of our Verizon ninjas just sent through the latest Verizon Wireless rebate sheet covering May 11th to June 4th 2009 and it reveals a few upcoming handsets. We’ll tell you all right now though — there are no big surprises this month unfortunately. First up, an official confirmation of the upcoming env3 which will be available in slate blue and the familiar maroon. We already knew this update to the env2 was coming and have seen plenty of blurrycam shots. Though its presence on the rebate sheet does not confirm a launch within the rebate period, it does suggest that the env3 is not too far from getting official. Also new to the rebate sheet but known to be launching soon are the Samsung Alias 2 expected on May 11th and the MiFi 2200 portable EV-DO router available May 17th. Noticeably absent is the Voyager 2, rumored to be officially called the envTouch due to Plantronics owning the trademark on the Voyager name. This rumor is somewhat substantiated by the disclaimer at the bottom of the rebate sheet stating, “Voyager™ is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. used under license by Verizon Wireless.” Hit the jump for the full rebate sheet.
Due to hit store shelves in just a few days, a HoFo forum member managed to get her paws on the upcoming Samsung Alias 2 a few days early by sweet talking a CS rep. If you’ve been following coverage of this dual-flip handset, you surely already know about its unique “Magic Keypad” that uses electronic ink technology to change button labels and functions depending on which way the phone is flipped open. Now, as cool as that sounds… It’s even cooler on video — so long, ModeShift. We really hope this is the start of a trend because despite the heft of the Alias 2, similar technology could certainly allow future devices to cut down on the number of physical keys, thus trimming device size. Hit the jump to check out JenJen’s first unboxing video and get ready for a pretty cool feature phone that will start hitting stores on Monday.
UPDATE: We’ve added JenJen’s second video which shows a few more features of the Alias 2, including the QWERTY layout.
Live images of the Motorola Rival a445, previously known as the Rush 2, and the Samsung Alias 2 have hit the interwebs giving us a sneak peek of these two upcoming Verizon Wireless handsets. The Motorola Rival a455, looking especially blurry this morning, is a colorful QWERTY side-slider that is expected to have EV-DO connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and a flashless 1.3 or 2.0 megapixel camera. A second set of images chronicles an impromptu unboxing of the Samsung Alias 2. Presumably arriving in stores just prior to its May 11th launch date, the Alias 2 looks very much like its predecessor and reportedly has a nice solid feel and a responsive electronic ink “magic keypad”. Though not expected to generate lines flowing out of Verizon’s doors per se, the Alias 2 is definitely shaping up to be a solid phone for Big Red. Hit the jump for a few more spy shots.
Thanks to one of our ninjas we just got our hands on the launch details for the upcoming Samsung Alias 2. As rumored, the Alias 2 will launch in all channels on May 11th. It will shed the cramped dual QWERTY-numeric keyboard of the original Alias in favor of a dynamic electronic ink keyboard known as the “Magic Keypad”. Those who appreciate the slim form factor of the original Alias will be happy to know that the Alias 2 sports similar dimensions. Pricing on the new QWERTY V CAST phone will come in at an exceptionally low $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contract. A one-year contract will set you back $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate or you can pony up $249 for full retail. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the official specs and a closeup of the “Magic Keypad”.
The Samsung SCH-U750, or Alias 2, is now rumored to be coming to Verizon Wireless on May 11th. It will share the same dual-hinged design as its predecessor, the U740, but will replace the QWERTY/numeric keyboard with a dynamic keyboard. We’ve covered this odd little handset before but it really does bear repeating as one feature in particular has some definite potential — the keyboard. This novel electronic ink-based keyboard will display a standard numeric keypad when the phone is opened as a traditional portrait clam shell. Use the dual hinge to flip the phone open in landscape however, and the keyboard will switch to a texting-friendly QWERTY keyboard. The Alias 2 will also feature a 2.6-inch QVGA internal display, 2.0 megapixel camera, proprietary feature phone OS laden with Verizon customizations and dedicated hot keys for one-touch access to Bluetooth, text messaging, voicemail, camera, voice commands, games and alarms.
No pricing yet but expect it to launch with a price tag consistent with Verizon’s other feature phones – $200 to $250 before rebates and NE2 discounts (with the obligatory 2-year contract, of course). Hit the jump for a few preview shots of the dynamic keyboard.
Consider our interest piqued, Verizon. Fresh from leaksville comes the first solid details and mock ups of the upcoming Samsung U740, or Alias2, headed to Verizon Wireless in the near future. Those of you familiar with the Alias will immediately recognize the same dual-hinge design that allows the phone to be opened portrait-wise like a standard clam shell, or landscape-wise for some QWERTY action. The difference with this new version — and it’s a huge difference, we might add — is the keypad. Glancing at the image above, you’ll notice what appears to be a typical 0-9 keypad surrounded by a bunch of blank keys. That’s no mistake. Apparently the Alias2 is equipped with a dynamic keypad that displays 0-9, a d-pad, etc when the phone is opened in portrait mode, and a full QWERTY keypad when the phone is opened in landscape mode. Think of it as a slightly dumbed down version of the Mozilla concept we saw back in February — a poor man’s Optimus Maximus for mobile handsets. Very, very cool. We’re not sure exactly how the dynamic keypad works for the time being, though the HoFo member who supplied the images believes it to be an electronic ink (or similar) technology. Whatever it is, it sounds pretty sweet and we’ll definitely be checking it out first-hand if Verizon decides to show it off at CTIA. Hit the jump for the full images and details.