Pre-orders to kick off on May 13Mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless is readying the launch of a new handset powered by Google's Android operating system, the LG Ally, and details on the device and its launch at Bog Red have just emerged into the wild. The device is expected to be an entry-level, and rumor has it that it will be put on pre-order status as soon as May 13, while being set to hit the shelves on May 20.
According to a recent article on BGR, which brought to light the specifications list of the device, LG Ally will be a side slider powered by a 600MHz processor coupled with 256 MB of RAM, which will run under Google's Android 2.1 operating system. The phone should sport a 3.2-inch touchscreen display that boasts an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a 3.2-megapixel photo snapper with auto focus and flash, and 512 MB of ROM.
The specifications list of the upcoming Android-based handset also includes Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi, and 800/1900 MHz CDMA, EVDO Rev A connectivity options, as well as 3.5 mm headset jack, S-GPS and aGPS capabilities, and a microSD memory card slot with support for additional storage space (a 4GB card included in the package).
Among the other features and specs of the new device, we can count speakerphone, support for Visual Voice Mail, Google Apps, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk with Presence, Gmail, YouTube, Latitude, Google Calendar, Android Webkit HTML5-based Browser, support for OTA updates, LG Widgets, Integrated Google and Facebook Contacts in LG Socialite, and others more.
The mobile phone measures 4.56 x 2.22 x 0.62 inches and weighs in at 5.57 oz, while packing a battery that should be able to offer up to 450 minutes of talk time, or up to 500 hours of standby time. Unfortunately, no info on the price tag the device might feature at Verizon has emerged so far, though it shouldn't be long before all the necessary details are unveiled.