Korean electronics giant LG has pulled the curtains on its first Android-based smartphone, the Ally, which will unfortunately be available only in the US for a foreseeable future.
Verizon Wireless has snatched the exclusivity on the phone which should be available later this month. It comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a surprisingly high resolution of 480x800 pixels.
In a move that confirms that LG might be looking to entice the same audience as the Motorola Dext, the Ally ships with a slide out QWERTY keyboard with a joypad.
The rest of the configuration firmly places in the mainstream market. It uses a SoC based on the ARM11 architecture and clocked at 600MHz (rather than a Snapdragon Cortex A8-based 1Ghz SoC), has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, a microSD card reader (with a 4GB bundled in).
It does come 802.11n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom which can also double as a VGA video recorder.
Apart from running on Android and bundling the whole array of Google Apps, the phone also has a LG-customised user interface that includes a "socialite" feature that basically aggregates content a la SE's mediascape from social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook.
LG is betting on a new range of phones to make up for the lack of high end, halo-creating, high margin smartphones based on Android and others to help it maintain its rank as the world's third biggest phone manufacturer.