While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such a device, this is the most detail we’ve had in photos. What we’ve got here is a dual-screen slider smartphone device made by LG, utilizing some form of Android, and carried by T-Mobile. This device will most than likely use its lower smaller touchscreen to hold a drawer of apps along with whatever else developers find themselves developing into the platform. According to a leaked T-Mobile roadmap discovered back in May, this device will be released on the pink carrier by September 14th, 2011.
Certainly what we’re looking at here is some competition for the ancient T-Mobile Sidekick, a T-Mobile favorite, or it’s much more recent Android version the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. In both of those devices it’s the screen which flips up rather than sliding up as we’re seeing in the LG Flip II. There’s been only one other Android device on the market thus far that’s carried a dual-screen orientation, that being the Kyocera Echo. What the Flip II seems to offer that no device like it has offered before is the draw of a second screen WITH a keyboard beside it.
Or on either side of it, it seems. Look for this device to be rather affordable sub-$200 price running Android 2.2 FroYo or above with some custom Android action to allow the second screen to work for you and your multitasking needs. Also look for this phone to NOT compete with the upper-tier, instead attempting to beat out such mid-range devices at the HTC Wildfire S and the Samsung mid-range trio in the Dart, Exhibit 4G, and Gravity Smart, another slide-out device with no second screen.
T-Mobile certainly seems to have a whole boatload of Android devices these days, wouldn’t you say? Everything across the board!