Verizon's Alias 2 with "Magic Keypad" Arriving May 11
The Samsung Alias 2
Remember the cool, update to the very, very popular Samsung Alias we wrote about in our upcoming Verizon phones post? Well, today we got some good news for those interested (and we assume a lot of you heavy texters out there are). According to the Boy Genius Report, the Alias 2 is confirmed to be coming to Verizon on May 11th for the AMAZINGLY AWESOME price of only $79 on a 2 year contract.
Now at first glance it looks like the same old Alias with a dual flip design where you flipped the phone up normally and had a normal keyboard, or flipped it up on its side and had a full QWERTY keyboard for texting, and you probably are thinking right now: “ok, so what’s new here that I should actually give a hoot?” Well, if you recall the first Alias had both styles of the keys (QWERTY letter and regular phone number and 3 letters) all on one key, making it really small and sometimes hard to tell what key was which. With the Alias 2 you can kiss that problem good bye as Verizon is throwing in a “magic keypad”: quite similiar to the tech on T-Mobile’s Motorola Rokr E8 and ZN5, the letters and the numbers on the keys change to what you are using it for (i.e. looking like a real phone keypad for calling, or a regular QWERTY keyboard if your texting, with no combination of different types of letters on the same key). It gets even better, as unlike the Rokr and ZN5’s keypads’, which weren’t really individual keys, each key on the Alias’s 2 keyboard has it’s own E-INK (aka electronic ink, the stuff found in e-books like the Amazon Kindle which are low power black and white screens), which means even better texting!
For a full list of what to expect, as well as a pic of the “magic keypad” hit the more link.
- Thin, dual flip design– This phone keeps the same great design found on the current Alias, letting you open it like a normal flip phone to use it like a regular phone for calls, or opening it up from the side and letting you use it with a full keyboard for texting.
- Verizon 3G
- V Cast Music with Rhapsody and V Cast Video support
- Mp3 Player with microSD card slot able to store up to 16GB
- Dynamic Keyboard– See above.
- 2.0 megapixel camera with video camera and “night shot”
- Visual Voicemail
- GPS and VZ Navigator
The “Magic Keypad” (click on pic for bigger shot)