T-Mobile LG DoublePlay pairs twin touch with QWERTY

T-Mobile USA has announced its latest Android smartphone, the LG DoublePlay, a QWERTY slider that pairs twin touchscreens with Gingerbread and a 5-megapixel camera. Set to go on sale in time for the holidays, the DoublePlay has a 3.5-inch main display upfront, with a smaller, 2-inch sub-display nestling between the split keyboard.

On the back, meanwhile, is a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and support for 720p HD video recording. A 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor keeps Android 2.3 moving, and LG has customized the software so that the two displays can be used either in tandem, showing different elements of the same app, or independently, allowing you to monitor two apps simultaneously.

LG Cloud Text and Group Text handle communications, with support for cross-platform chat between the DoublePlay and LG's tablets. Connectivity hasn't been exactly confirmed, but judging by the 4G icon on the display above we're assuming T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is supported; WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth are obvious inclusions too.

No word on pricing or specific launch dates at this time. T-Mobile says the DoublePlay will be star of the show at the National Texting Championship, kicking off October 26.