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PCD previews a few messaging phones

Even though PCD didn't have any announcements at CTIA this year, it did provide a few sneak peeks at some of its future handsets for the year, and all of them are focused on messaging.

TXT8026 from PCD
There was no hardware on hand in the booth, but this poster of the TXT8026 from PCD shows the goods. Nicole Lee/CNET
TXT8030 from PCD
Another new phone that's been announced by PCD, the TXT8030, was also here only in poster form. Nicole Lee/CNET

PCD didn't have any major announcements at CTIA, but it did give us a brief sneak peek at what we can expect from them this year. All of the offerings appear to be messaging phones, with full QWERTY keyboards for easier texting. I apologize in advance for just taking photos of posters; they didn't have any real hardware on hand at the booth.

The first handset we saw was codenamed the TXT8026, which has a 2.2-inch color screen with a 1.3-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.0, an MP3 player, and measures around 3.8 inches long by 2.7 inches wide by 0.7 inch thick. This was one of the only new devices on display at the PCD booth, and I think it looks a lot like the Verizon Wireless Blitz.

TXT8021 from PCD
A giant poster displayed both the TXT8021 and the TXT8020. Nicole Lee/CNET

The other handset, which I think looks a bit more interesting, is currently called the TXT8030. The TXT8030 has a rotating angled keypad, with external music player keys and a speaker on one side, and a full QWERTY keyboard on the other. The TXT8030 also has a 2.2-inch display, a microSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a music player, and it measures around 4.5 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick.

There's still no sight of the actual TXT8020 here at CTIA, the swiveling messaging phone that we saw at CES, nor have we seen the TXT8021, which also looks a little like the Blitz. We did see a giant poster of the two phones at the PCD booth.

Of course, no word on pricing or availability on any of these devices, but we hope they'll come out some time this year. And considering they're all CDMA phones, we can at least narrow down the prospective carriers.