That's not the only iconic Verizon model getting re-upped, though. The VX8550 Chocolate is starting to get just a little long in the tooth, and it looks like the VX8610 will swoop in to take its place. The navigation wheel gets replaced with a trackball (we have a feeling we're going to start to see this more and more) surrounded by four keys, but the massive new feature on this sucker is an integrated, detachable Bluetooth headset that stows on the slider's backside -- a patent that archrival Samsung curiously filed for last year. It should feature a 2 megapixel cam, QVGA display, and microSD slot just like its QWERTY cuz. phoneArena reports that both models are expected by the end of the second quarter.
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