If you've been loving the pictures and videos we've been bringing you of the lusciously slim BL40 Chocolate Touch
, but holding your breath since a certain blurry photo
a few weeks ago showed a rather different
Chocolate Touch, we have some bad news. According to Phone Arena News
, a Verizon "focus group" (with a questionable sense of aesthetics) decided that the BL40 was crap, and so the somewhat unfortunate looking and decidedly asymmetrical VX8575 has been blessed for domestic release as "Chocolate Touch." It looks to be standard fare featurephone stuff, with a 3.2MP camera, WVGA TFT display, and a browser that will support some subset of HTML. No word on if or when the BL40 will also be making an appearance at Verizon stores, but if we'd been pushed to the curb for something this busted we certainly wouldn't come back -- at least not without a very big bouquet accompanied by a sincere apology.
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