Sprint announced three phones with new interface
Samsung Highnote will be one of Sprint’s music-oriented phones, with design reminding of a personal music player. Its navigation keys are arranged in a circle, with a touch-sensitive wheel in the middle (the area between the central menu/ok and the silver ring of keys). It has the rarely used dual-slider form-factor and sliding it up reveals the numeric keyboard, while sliding it down opens a menu with music applications and a loudspeaker appears. The Highnote is an EVDO phone with 262k color display, 2MP camera, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot and Stereo Bluetooth. It will be available in either red or blue on October 19 for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.
Samsung Rant will replace the LG RUMOR in Sprint’s line, as a budget EVDO phone for the heavy-texting crowd. It a has numeric keypad when closed and QWERTY when the slider is opened. Features include 2-megapixel camera, microSD card slot and stereo Bluetooth. It will be available in red or black, and a purple color option will be offered exclusively at Best Buy. The price will be $50 after $50 MIR and it will be available in October.
Last but not least is the LG Lotus, a small clamshell with QWERTY keyboard inside. It will be available in two color variants, a satin black one and textured purple, with flowers pattern over it. Features include a 2MP camera, stereo Bluetooth, email and instant messaging. It will cost $150 with a two-year contract, starting October.