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The New Samsung Galaxy Chat Combines Android 4.0 With A Physical QWERTY Keyboard

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To those of you clinging onto BlackBerry devices for your dear life, purely for fear of saying goodbye to real keys, meet the new Samsung Galaxy Chat — an Android Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung probably wasn’t preparing to unveil the device today — what with it being Independence Day in the United States. But after the handset was leaked online yesterday, there was no point in keeping it quiet any longer. The Galaxy Chat competes with only a small selection of Android devices with physical keyboards, but does it have enough to be the best of the bunch?

Well, let’s just say it could be better. The display measures just 3 inches in size, with a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, though it is a touchscreen. Inside, the Galaxy Chat packs 4GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot for expanding that by another 32GB. At just 2-megapixels, the rear-facing camera is likely to disappoint smartphone photographers, and the front-facing camera is… well… non-existent.

The Galaxy Chat is powered by a 1,200 mAh battery. Samsung has chosen to keep its other internals — such as its processor and RAM — quite, but there’s probably a good reason for that.

As you’d expect, the Galaxy Chat is pre-loaded with Samsung’s software suite, which includes the TouchWiz UI, ChatON, Game Hub, AllShare Play, and more.

The Galaxy Chat is clearly targeting budget smartphone buyers, and so it’s likely to be very reasonably priced. That’s even more of a reason for some BlackBerry users — particularly those with the cheaper BlackBerry Curve — to make the switch to Android. And like recent Curves, the Galaxy Chat also gets a dedicated ChatON key.

The Galaxy Chat will make its debut in Spain later this month before rolling out to Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia later.

[via The Verge]

Killian Bell

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