Quirky, Dual-Hinge Samsung Zeal Ready for Verizon Debut

They must be paying overtime at Samsung, because it seems like the companys pumping out a new phone just about every day. The latest is a unique, dual-hinge messaging phone called the Zeal.

You can only get it in black, but what it lacks in color, it makes up for in design. You can open the Zeal vertically as a flip phone. It has a traditional numeric keypad and can change to an alpha-only keypad. But turn it horizonally, in landscape, and the phone features a QWERTY keypad that can change to numeric with symbols.

Other key features include:

  • Corporate Email support for Microsoft Office Exchange so customers can synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from their office e-mail
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with night and panorama shot, auto focus and camcorder
  • Bluetooth technology with support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, basic print, basic imaging, and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Social Beat Widget Offers a single point for accessing social networking sites, allowing customers to stay connected to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace plus more than 50 news, sports and entertainment feeds
  • VZ Navigator-capable Receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share the directions with others
  • Media Center Access downloadable games, ringtones, wallpapers, location-based services and more
  • Skype mobile-capable
  • Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture, video and voice messaging; Mobile IM; Mobile Chat; Mobile Email; and Mobile Web Email
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB (card purchased separately)

The Samsung Zeal goes on sale online and in Verizon Wireless stories on Thursday, Nov. 11, for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new, two-year customer agreement.

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