Tuesday Verizon Wireless announced that the Samsung Zeal messaging phone will be available online and at your local Verizon outlet starting November 11. The phone will arrive in a dual-hinge form factor and feature an E-Ink keyboard that changes based on the consumer's needs.
According to Verizon, the E-Ink keyboard will display a traditional numeric keyboard when the device is opened vertically as a flip phone, but can also be changed to an alpha-only keypad. When the phone is opened in landscape mode, the device sports a QWERTY keypad that can change to numeric with symbols.
In addition to the E-Ink keyboard, the Samsung Zeal will offer corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange, a microSD card slot for capacities up to 32 GB, a 2MP camera with night and panorama shot, auto focus and camcorder capabilities, Bluetooth, and access to the Mobile Web. Other features will include a social networking widget, VZ Navigator support, Skype support and more.
The Samsung Zeal will be available Thursday for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Verizon said that customers can go ahead and purchase the phone today at Verizon retail outlets and through the Verizon website.