T-Mobile will soon offer an unusual dual-touchscreen Android-based smartphone, in the form of LG DoublePlay. Billed as the 2011 LG U.S. National Texting Championship's official device, the DoublePlay is apparently aimed at busy users who need to text, e-mail and use social media in a timely fashion.

Running Android 2.3, the DoublePlay is equipped with a main 3.5-inch screen and a sliding 2-inch sub display dividing the QWERTY keyboard into two parts. This makes it stand out from the likes of the Kyocera Echoand the upcoming Sony S2 dual-screen clamshell devices.

The DoublePlay's screens can operate either simultaneously or separately, which "allows users to perform multiple tasks at once such as updating their Facebook pages while simultaneously surfing the Web, texting or checking email," LG says.

Along with its dual touchscreens, the DoublePlay comes with an LED flash-equipped 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, and processing provided by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. T-Mobile's HSPA+ "4G" network access, T-Mobile TV and Mall services, as well as WiFi sharing are also supported, while Cloud Text and Group Text features enable users to send and receive texts from a PC or tablet, and create group chats on-the-go.

The LG DoublePlay will be offered exclusively through the T-Mobile network starting this holiday season, although with no pricing details have been announced at this point.