Samsung Alias 2 to be available May 11th from Verizon Wireless

By on May 1, 2009 at 8:38 AM.

Samsung Alias 2 to be available May 11th from Verizon Wireless

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.

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Verizon Alias2 with dynamic keypad gets outed

By on March 25, 2009 at 6:32 PM.

Verizon Alias2 with dynamic keypad gets outed

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.

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