Samsung Montage is one of the devices Samsung is hoping to perform well in the United States with its full QWERTY, slide-out keyboard. Rumors and speculations about this device emerged just this month and Montage was confirmed to be heading straight to Sprint Nextel Corporation with a different name; Samsung Array.
Earlier this month, Virgin Mobile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nextel also confirmed rumors that it will soon offer the feature handset but it will preserve the name unlike its mother company. It also said in a statement that Samsung Montage will be put under its PayLo portfolio.
Aside from this two connected companies, nothing is being rumored to add Montage on their list. So, it is safe to assume that Sprint and its subsidiaries will sell this handset in the US exclusively [until we hear otherwise], although that has never been confirmed by Samsung either.
Samsung Montage Specs
Neither Samsung nor Sprint announced the official specs of this handset yet but some tipsters were able to leak out a little information about its composition. There was a press photo published online so those who have been following it since the rumor mill started should now have a clearer idea what it would look like when it arrives in the market.
Montage’s full QWERTY keyboard slides out on the left side (with phone facing the user). However, people who are not used to using it has also an option to use the more traditional mobile keyboard in front.
There is no information as to the kind of processor Samsung will be using in this device but it was confirmed the memory would be 256MB only. What’s also certain for now is that it will sport a micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB external memory.
Montage will come sporting a 2-megapixel camera; it is surely unimpressive for a feature phone but at first glance no one would think it’s going to be a multimedia mobile device. For now, CDMA is the only technology confirmed to come with it. Also, it will come packed with 1,000 mAh battery that could last up to 4 hours of straight usage.
Samsung Montage Features
So, aside from the slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, Montage or Array also boasts of its 1.4 inches QVGA display. It supports Bluetooth 3.0, MP3 playback, email and threaded text messaging.
Upon delivery, there will only be 5 items you need to check: the Samsung Montage main unit, travel charger, USB data cable, battery packed with 1,000 mAh, and Getting Started Guide. There’s no way this device would be competing with other Samsung handsets even those that belong in the entry-level category.
Pricing and Availability
While there is no information as to the actual price of Samsung Montage, reports suggest that it is going to see the sun on August 20th. Sprint didn’t reveal the official pricing plans for this device but based on the latter’s statement that it will be put under its PayLo plan, we can almost determine how much the monthly obligation would be. Plus, the official Montage page is now up in Virgin Mobile’s website.
Samsung Montage may not be the kind of phone everyone would want to use especially that it’s not really designed to fulfil the tasks of a full-blown smartphone. However, having a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard is one thing that makes this device stand out. As far as communication is concerned, it is expected to deliver. And being budget-friendly, it is almost certain anyone who needs a phone could afford it.