Verizon Wireless isn't kidding around with this new Dare phone from LG: it'll hit Verizon's online shop tomorrow (the 26th) for $200 with a $50 rebate, and then land in retail on July 3rd. We've had little time to get accustomed to its touchscreen mug, unlike Sprint's long run-up to the Instinct, but Verizon and LG have certainly done their homework. There's a whole lot to chew on here, so we're going to drop it on you bullet point style:

Hardware:
  • Dimensions: 103.9 x 55.6 x 13.8 mm (that's 0.54-inches thick for us yanks)
  • 3-inch, 240 x 400 touchscreen LCD with "Vibe-Touch" tactile feedback
  • Rev A EV-DO
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and exposure control
  • 120 fps slow-motion movie record mode
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD up to 8GB
  • Proximity sensor for switching off the LCD when against your face
  • Light sensor to adjust LCD brightness automatically
  • Accelerometer
  • 3D graphics acceleration, supports app transitions and rotations

Software:
  • "Full HTML" browser (barely) with page overview and zoom functions
  • V Cast store and VZ Navigator
  • Cover Flow-alike music app
  • 51 possible apps, 11 app "drag & drop" shortcut menu
  • Shortcuts draggable to home screen
  • Graphical favorites menu, drag icons to pertinent task like message, call or edit
  • Contact list includes search ribbon and filtering
  • Text input via QWERTY, predictive keypad or handwriting recognition
  • Drawing pad includes colors, pen widths, eraser for scribbling and picture "editing"
  • Background music listening
  • Video editing, picture editing, panoramic stitching

Phew, these guys really packed it in. Stand by for our hands-on impressions.

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