updated 11:10 pm EST, Thu February 12, 2009
Verizon phone leak
Verizon appears to be preparing to launch the LG 9600 Versa, Nokia 7205 Intrigue, HTC Touch Diamond and a CDMA version of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, according to a leaked presentation caught by Engadget. An earlier report suggested the Versa initially would launch at Best Buy Mobile on February 22nd, with a Verizon Wireless release expected around the same time. The handset can be used as a clamshell with a full QWERTY keyboard and a small external display, or the keyboard can be detached to use the device as a touchscreen phone only.
The Intrigue offers a cross-shaped directional pad similar to the Toshiba Gigabeat. Leaked information suggests the handset supports EVDO Internet access, a 2-megapixel camera, 180MB of internal memory and a microSD slot for expansion.
The Pearl Flip 8230 should offer many of the same features as the GSM variant, the 8220. Exact specs and pricing have not yet been announced, but the 8220 offers Wi-Fi, EDGE data and a 2-megapixel camera. The EDGE data would likely be traded for EVDO support, while recent CDMA BlackBerries have swapped Wi-Fi for GPS functionality.