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Why are QWERTY smartphones suddenly become trendy outside of BlackBerry Land? Are they preparing to entice BlackBerry users in case of RIM’s demise? I don’t know, but it seems this has become the case. Motorola had its Droid Pro last year, then Samsung joined along last March with the Galaxy Pro, and HTC ChaCha (aka HTC Status) will have its retail debut this weekend.

Joining the Android-powered QWERTY handset bandwagon this week is LG, which has just unveiled not one, but two brand new smartphones: The Optimus Pro and Optimus Net. Both phones run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The LG Optimus Pro features a 2.8-inch screen, a complete QWERTY keypad, and a sluggish 800MHz processor. Meanwhile, the LG Optimus Net has built-in “social networking portals” found as widgets right on the homescreen. Its screen measures 3.2 inches, with some models being NFC-enabled (making it applicable for mobile payments), and also featuring a 800MHz processor.

The LG Optimus Pro and LG Optimus Net are expected to be shipped globally, starting in Europe, this summer. Pricing is not yet revealed, but the phones look mid-range.

Source: TechCrunch




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