HTC One, QWERTY-touting LG Enact and LG Exalt flip phone now available at Verizon
Right on schedule, the HTC One has become available to buy from Verizon today. This comes after many months in which the carrier nicknamed Big Red has dragged its feet when it came to launching it. But alas, it’s finally here.
Not alone, though. The One has been joined in Verizon’s portfolio by two LG-made devices, the Enact and the Exalt. These got leaked as part of a roadmap a while back, and now they’re listed on Verizon’s website – both of them.
The HTC One can be yours for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, as you’d expect. And aside from the network it runs on and the Verizon branding, it’s identical to the One models that have been sold by other carriers.
The LG Enact has a side-sliding full physical QWERTY keyboard. This isn’t a form factor that we’ve seen a lot of in recent times, but Verizon seems intent on keeping it alive, even if it’s doing so by offering only one device sporting it at any one time.
The Enact is therefore “the” QWERTY-enabled handset in Big Red’s portfolio right now. It comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, GPS, and a whopping 2,460 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is kind of old at this point.
But that battery capacity (bigger even than the one in the aforementioned HTC One!) coupled with this phone’s run of the mill specs will ensure that you’ll be using it a lot more than other smartphones in between charges, for what it’s worth. Obviously though, the main selling point here is the five-row keyboard. And for those who are still into such things, this is a solid option.
The LG Enact is priced at $19.99 with a new two-year contract.
Next up we have the LG Exalt, the weirdest device of the bunch. That’s because this isn’t a smartphone, but it’s more expensive than the LG Enact which is. Yes, you read that right. The Exalt is $79.99 with a new two-year contract, and it’s a flip phone.
The Exalt sports a 3″ 240×400 internal display, a LED outer display, a 2 MP camera, microSD card support, Bluetooth, and a 900 mAh battery. Not only is there no LTE in this thing, it doesn’t even ‘do’ EVDO. So you’re left with pretty bad mobile data speeds. For which you need to pay $60 more than for the aforementioned smartphone. No, this doesn’t make any sense at all. But hey, maybe you absolutely love flip phones. Or something.