Say hi to the Samsung Galaxy Chat, Model GT-B5330, Running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwitch but, with a difference.
Samsung announced this phone last Month, on July the 4th.
It might not have the hottest specs around but, for some of us who still love a physical qwerty keyboard, this is a real nice deal.
Unfortunately, South Africa won’t see much of this phone unless you order it from one of the online stores.
And pricing…. I don’t wish to venture on that but, I am rather sure that it will cost less than r2000.
Oh, uh, to the best of my knowledge, just so by the way, the Samsung Chat is currently the only and certainly the first phone with a full qwerty keyboard running Ice Cream Sandwitch. unfortunately, there’s no arrow keys but, I doubt if this would be an issue.
The processor is also somewhat on the slow side running at 850MHz but, I will have to wait and see how this phone is going to handle.
I will definitely not take pictures with this phone. OCR applications will fail without a doubt. With only a 2 MP camera, I highly suspect that the pics won’t look that nice.
Regardless of these factors, there’s the qwerty keyboard to look forward to as well as experiencing ICS on the world’s first qwerty keyboard phone. Bundled with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS, 3G, a microSD card (up to 32GB), 4GB internal storage and a reasonable pricetag for the entry level, I’m sure that you will agree with me that this is a phone to look forward to.
I am really excited and can’t wait to get started with this beauty.
As usual, the specifications are below:
- Weight 112 grams
- Height 118.90 mm
- Width 59.30 mm
- Depth 11.70 mm
- Screen Type Touchscreen, TFT
- Touchscreen, capacitive
- Screen Resolution 240×320
- Screen Size 3.00 inches (7.62cm)
- Memory 4GB Storage
- Expansion microSD up to 32GB
- Connectivity GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
- HSDPA @ 7.2 Mbps
- HSUPA @ 5.76 Mbps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
- microUSB 2.0
- Camera 2MP
- CPU 850MHz
- OS Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 3G Standby Time 380.0 hours
- 3G Talk Time 5.0 hours
- 2G Standby Time 520.0 hours
- 2G Talk Time 14.8 hours