The QWERTY keyboard has made an appearance once again in the smartphone market despite many smartphone manufacturers switching to the touch screen- only design. QWERTY is back on Samsung’s latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy Chat.
The GT-B5330 Galaxy Chat will be the first smartphone that is going to be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a full QWERTY keypad. Galaxy Chat is going to be available very soon in Spain. It will be rolled out subsequently in the rest of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China and Southeast Asia. The device weighs 112 grams and measures 118.9x59.3x117.0mm. It has a three-inch touch screen. It has Wi-Fi and a 2-megapixel camera. It also has Bluetooth 3.0 and a microSD card slot. It has 4GB of internal storage.
Samsung is hoping that it will attract social network users to pick up the phone and start tapping. The phone has an 850 MHz processor. The handset has been designed for buyers who are cost conscious. It is also likely to attract ex-BlackBerry users who are willing to shift their mobile platforms and cannot live without a keyboard.
This Android 4.0 phone will come preloaded with the launch key and ChatOn communication service that will connect with users from any phone platform into a single group. It will assist in instant messaging and group chats and will include text, animation or images.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Galaxy Chat will compete with the BlackBerry Curve 9220 which also has a dedicated key for BlackBerry Messenger.