Android-powered keyboard smartphones are seldom nowadays, keeping in mind that the first Android phone had a hardware keyboard. Maybe Samsung saw this niche too and therefore announced the Samsung Galaxy Chat today. The Samsung Galaxy S look-alike Galaxy Chat is everything but a high-end Android phone but it sports a sleek and compact design and is powered by Android 4.0. It combines a 3" QVGA touchscreen with a full QWERTY keypad. Preloaded on the phone with its own dedicated launch key comes Samsung's own chat software called ChatON, which connects users from any phone platform into a single community, enabling spontaneous group chatting and messaging - whether with text, animations or images.
E--Mail is easy to use and manage thanks to predictive search capabilities, a more visual action bar for seamless navigation and the ability to nest mail folders for quicker access and convenience.
Navigating the phone's app menus is a breeze with more visual icons incorporating 3D effects, a fully customizable Favorites tray and widgets that can be resized or repositioned according to the user's preferences. It's also possible to launch the camera or view notifications directly from the lock screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Chat comes preloaded with Game Hub. Game Hub is pre-packed with the most popular social games, providing endless entertainment. Samsung's AllShare Play allows customers to play multimedia from or to other connected devices. For added productivity, the Quick Office application offers easy viewing and editing of a wide range of Office documents, enabling users to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. In addition, Samsung's S Planner app allows to manage schedules in an easy and intuitive way.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Chat will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point which means as much as the price wasn't announced today.
Cheers ~ Arne