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Verizon's Samsung Zeal Has E-Ink QWERTY KB

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.

  • Snipergod87
    Thats the exact frame of the Samsung Alias 2 I own..
  • Zoidman
    Yeah, agreed with Snipergod87. I had that phone about a year ago, and it was crap. The keys take a while to refresh when switched between display orientation and was roughly the size of a brick! It was extremely thick and super heavy! I enjoyed the Alias 1 much more, and hated the Alias 2 so much I gave in and bought an Android phone!

    The E-ink was the only interesting part about the phone, otherwise its the same tech and proprietary Verizon locked down operating system that has been on non-smart phones for years.
  • hellwig
    My mother-in-law got herself one of the earlier models (I'm guessing an Alias 2?) when she finally took-up texting. I think she traded it back in for an Android phone not too recently.
  • eddieroolz
    Panasonic executed the concept much better since 3 years ago, but those models didn't have QWERTY. Either way, its a good phone if it functioned well.
  • Travis Beane
    That's actually a pretty neat idea.
    I don't mind typing on a touch screen myself, but I still want a dedicated keyboard. Maybe if this was a horizontal slider style.
  • I have Samsungs original version of this phone (U740) and it has lasted 4+ years without ANY issues. I love the idea of the hinged clam shell. Its great for texting and/or when using as a speaker phone (built in stereo speakers). The other big plus with this phone is it can handle up to a 32GB microSD card, and its Wi-Fi capable without having to be concerbed with the data fees not to minimize the navigator capablity...this phone is exaclty what I need. Hopefully it holds up to expectations.