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Jun 11, 2009

Waterproof EXILIM 5.1 Megapixel Phone

Verizon Wireless and Casio today finally officially announced the EXILIM phone, a waterproof, 5.1-megapixel camera phone with a swiveling screen and 3x optical zoom.

The EXILIM will be Verizon's best camera phone, and it might be the best phone to take to the beach this year. But I will always remember it as the phone that was pre-announced by a pair of soft porn style videos on YouTube, which were pulled down as soon as horrified Verizon and Casio execs discovered what their rogue PR agency had done.

The EXILIM is the follow-up to Verizon's waterproof Gz'One phones, and it's apparently just as rugged as those blockier devices. But it's a lot less noticeable - it looks like a normal flip phone. Other features, along with the high-end camera, include the usual GPS, visual voice mail, Rhapsody music, memory card slot and Bluetooth.

The EXILIM is also the first phone with optical zoom to be released by a US carrier since the Samsung SCH-A970 back in 2005.

The EXILIM is available today for $279.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract. Prices go up to $449.99 for month-to-month contracts.

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