T-Mobile And LG Announce The LG DoublePlay, Dual-Screens And More

T-Mobile and LG have announced the LG DoublePlay, an exclusive addition to the T-Mobile lineup featuring dual-touch screens powered by T-Mobile’s 4G network. The DoublePlay is the “ultimate multitasking handset with dual touch-screens, allowing users to simultaneously email, text, surf the web, check in on various social networks and more.”

The DoublePlay (previously known to the world as the Flip II) is powered by Android 2.3 and features a 3.5″ main display along with the 2.0″ secondary display which can be operated independently or together. T-Mobile is also adding in some features that originated with the unveiling of the Sidekick 4G with Group Text and Cloud Text. Group text allows communications with multiple individuals at once, and Cloud Text which allows sending and receiving of text messages across platforms, including a home PC and a tablet.

The DoublePlay features a 5 megapixel camera and allows for 720p HD video recording to grab that special moment. The DoublePlay will come in a Truffle color finish and is expected to be available exclusively from T-Mobile in time for the holiday season. We’re hoping our November 2nd release timeframe will hold true according to information obtained from our leaked roadmap earlier this month. No pricing was mentioned.

Full Press Release:

NEW LG DOUBLEPLAY, EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY T-MOBILE, RAISES THE STAKES AT THE 2011 LG U.S. NATIONAL TEXTING CHAMPIONSHIP

LG and T-Mobile USA Announce the LG DoublePlay™, with Unique Dual Touch Screens, Delivering Twice the Texting and Social Networking Capabilities

Thirteen Contestants Compete for Chance to Become Part of Texting History, a $50,000 Grand Prize and Named the Fastest Texter in the U.S.

SAN DIEGO and BELLEVUE, Wash. ¾ October 17, 2011 ¾ LG Mobile is once again challenging the fastest thumbs in the nation to the ultimate text messaging challenge ¾ the fifth annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship, featuring the new LG DoublePlayTM. Announced today, the LG DoublePlay is the ultimate multitasking handset, featuring a split QWERTY keyboard and dual capacitive touch screens, making simultaneous mobile activities easier than ever. During this year’s competition, 13 contestants will use the LG DoublePlay, which is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor, to compete in the ultimate texting showdown for the chance to win a $50,000 cash prize and a once-in-a-lifetime spot in texting history.

Equipped with dual customizable touch screens ¾ a 3.5-inch main display and 2.0-inch sub display¾ that operate independently or in tandem, as well as a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Swype® for easy text input, the LG DoublePlay allows users to perform multiple tasks at once such as updating their Facebook pages while simultaneously surfing the Web, texting or checking email.

“The evolving nature of texting trends and mobile technology has brought LG and T-Mobile together to create a device that celebrates multi-tasking beyond a powerful processor,” said Carl Brown, director of trade marketing for LG Mobile. “With its split keyboard and dual screens, LG DoublePlay’s impressive hardware made it the obvious choice for the official mobile phone of the 2011 National Texting Championship. LG is proud to be leading the charge in the next generation of mobile messaging devices while continuing its legacy as a leading manufacturer in QWERTY keyboard devices.”

“Whether sending texts or emails, checking in on social media sites, or browsing the Web, consumers are looking for fun and easy ways to stay connected to the people and things that matter most to them,” said Kim Swanson, director, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the introduction of the LG DoublePlay and its unique dual-screen design, we are bringing the ultimate multitasking tool to our customers.”

The LG DoublePlay comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recorder, allowing users to capture and share pictures and videos via messaging, email or Facebook. The device also offers multiple messaging options, including Cloud Text and Group Text, giving users the ability to send and receive texts from a PC or tablet or create group chats on-the-go for faster, more efficient content sharing. LG DoublePlay features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with access to Android Market and delivers complete user customization with seven home screens and up to nine touchscreen shortcuts for one-touch navigation.

2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship

The fifth annual LG U.S. National Texting Championship will bring the fastest, most talented thumbs in America to the historic Altman Building in New York City to face-off for the chance to be named the winner of the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship. Reigning champion Brianna Hendrickson, who took home the 2010 title at just 13 years-old, is the contestant to beat. This year’s competition will push contestants to dig deep and flex their texting muscles as they race through challenges designed to test texting speed, accuracy and dexterity. Competitors will need to type phrases on their LG DoublePlay exactly as they appear on LG plasma screens, while distracted by blind folds, complex phrases and marathon game play.

LG first set out to crown the fastest thumbs in America in 2007 when more than 500 contestants battled it out for the U.S. texting title. Now a national phenomenon, last year’s Championship featured a record 500,000 competition entries and became the subject of a MTV documentary called “Thumbs” by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié. Providing an exclusive look at the growing phenomenon of texting among today’s youth, the film provided a first-hand look at player preparations during the marathon race to the 2010 LG National Texting Championship. Moreover, “Thumbs” underscored the increasing importance of texting as one of today’s preferred methods of mainstream communication. For more information on the LG U.S. National Texting Championship, please visit www.facebook.com/lgtexterus.

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  • Dannyc1976

    No thank you. I am happy with my Samsung galaxy S II

  • Devious

    Who cares about this stupid a** phone?!!! Tmobile is a F%$#ing JOKE!

    • Guest911

      Oooh, that time of month eh?

    • TMOTECH

      Why so angry? 

    • David

      Your intellect is a F@cking joke! Every phone that comes out doesn’t have to appeal to everyone dumb-ass! Somewhere someone has read this or saw this device and are extremely excited about it. 

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Please watch your language.

    • best Time To T-Mobile customer

      T-Mobile Spraq is friendly textin phone is available walmart store for $49.88

  • Anonymous

    I like that it’s 720 capable phone. I muss m keyboard and this phone is funky so…I’M IN!

  • kresk

    Like I said before, it’s a neat concept but why would you need/want two screens. Maybe we all need two screens but we just don’t know it yet.

    • Android00

      Assumingly to multitask but any android phone can do that now by preasing holding the home key. Keyboard leaves much to be desired

  • Ugly

    awful and ugly.. next

  • nerdlust

    Very interesting concept. This should be a hit with the younger crowd.

  • Blah

    this looks like a phone from 2002

    • Jay

      Reminds me of the Nokia N-Gage from 2003.

      Oddly enough thats the only reason I like the DoublePlay. To me it brings back the nostalgia of a better time.

  • Blah

    this looks like a phone from 2002

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SV4ULKDQAPIY7VPEPU3LHHV4OM Mr Tibbs

    No IPhone but we get this instead “THANKS T-MOBILE”

  • ken

    I can not wait my tmobile 2 yrs end anymore i am counting 67 days and 4 hours
    left to get my i phone 4s( adios t-mobile)

    • David

      Good ridden.  Go F@ck yourself  

    • Justme

      Why don’t you pay the $50 ETF  and leave already

    • best Time To T-Mobile customer

      you know Ken this november T-Mobile will have unlock iphone 4S its no need to leave u can get it with Monthly 4G no anual contract plan Verizon AT&T Sprint are to much money they don’t have 4G as much than T-Mobile

  • Anonymous

    my friend’s step-aunt makes 70$/hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 5 months but last month her pay was 7740$ just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it on this web site MakeCash1.com

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is going after your smartphone users, T-Mobile, you need to step up.

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is going after your smartphone users, T-Mobile, you need to step up.

  • Tm506

    I used this phone and telling you right now it wasn’t all that!!  

  • Ww77ww

    Weird ergonomics / format combined with the promise of LG reliability?  Who wouldn’t want this?

  • Ww77ww

    Weird ergonomics / format combined with the promise of LG reliability?  Who wouldn’t want this?

  • Slim

    I’ve used this phone and can say it won’t be a big seller. The phone itself is super thick because of the second screen in the keyboard. It is just a big, clunky phone that doesn’t stack up in today’s world of thin and light devices. 

    The second screen is a bit odd as well. It doesn’t seem to serve much use beyond having your most frequently used apps in one place. There are only a handful of apps that really work on the small screen and it is difficult to do anything with a touch screen that small. It felt like the second screen was added for the novelty factor more than any practical use. 

    This is just a weird phone and I have to wonder why it is even being made. It is a poor design, there aren’t any apps that can take advantage of the dual screens, and it runs super slow. 

    • IT Guy

      I don’t see this lasting too long. It looks like something they’ll tell us is awesome then discontinue in January.

  • andy budhu

    LG is crap, just like the g2x sitting in my draw.

  • Mark

    As I said on the prior page for this phone, it needed a front-facing camera set up so that the small screen could be a self-monitor during video chat.

  • trife

    This would be a cool device……if it was 2003.  

    Nice stuff, TMO.  Nice.  SMH.  

    • Realcool2000

      Yeah…cause your phone has two screens…don’t b jealous bro…

  • trife

    This would be a cool device……if it was 2003.  

    Nice stuff, TMO.  Nice.  SMH.  

  • Anonymous

    my friend’s step-aunt makes 70$/hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 5 months but last month her pay was 7740$ just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it on this web site MakeCash1.com

  • Anonymous

    my friend’s step-aunt makes 70$/hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for 5 months but last month her pay was 7740$ just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it on this web site MakeCash1.com

  • Bojan Gutic

    We ask for a Nexus Prime and they give us this? No wonder they’re losing so many customers, and they’re about to lose another here.

    • best Time To T-Mobile customer

      Nexus prime it will be available to T-Mobile at best buy in dec keep checkin back

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I want more LG devices such as the LG K, Optimus LTE and LU6200.

    Not too interested in the DoublePlay. Somebody may be interested in it but come on LG and TMO, bring the Higher End LG phones and I’ll buy it.

  • Dummee

    The article has items that occurred on the 3/4 of October.  Sounds like a fun day.