Wow! Now, that did not take long at all. The Samsung GT-B5330 till yesterday was a phone without an official market name. There was little information about it’s technical specifications and absolutely nothing was known about it’s pricing or when Samsung was planning to bring the GT-B5330 into production. Now, just 24 hours after that report hitting the tech sites, the Samsung GT-B5330 has an official name and all the tech specs and Samsung has announced when it plans to launch the phone in the market.
Just as we knew yesterday, the Galaxy Chat, as the Samsung phone is now called, comes with low end hardware and a physical QWERTY keyboard with a low resolution screen. We also knew that the Galaxy Chat would run Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich straight out of the box.
The phone’s name which has a “Chat” in it and the physical QWERTY keyboard clearly explains that Samsung plans to portray it as a social networking phone with a comfortable physical keyboard helpful while chatting. Coming to the Galaxy Chat’s size and design. The 3 inch phone measures 11.7 mm or 0.46 inches in thickness and the device weighs just 112 grams or 3.95 ounces. Meanwhile, there is nothing special about the design, it’s a simple candybar style phone which is not trying to set any design standards with it’s looks.
The other details regarding it’s hardware are as follows. It’s 3-inch TFT display is a capacitive touchscreen with an extremely low resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and it will come with a 2 MP rear-facing camera, which is not too bad for a budget phone. It has an internal memory of only 4 GB but it can be expanded with the use of a microSD card. WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 are offered for communication and it runs on a 1,200 mAh battery. Strangely, Samsung has not mentioned any info about the processor or the internal RAM memory.
The Ice Cream Sandwich operating phone will have the TouchWiz UI and since it is being marketed as a social media phone, it comes loaded with Samsung’s ChatON free communication service. Other apps that will come pre installed on the phone will be Quick Office editor and S Planner.
As far as pricing goes, all Samsung has said is that it will sell the device at a “competitive price point”. The Galaxy Chat will be launched later this month in Spain, followed by other European countries, Latin America and Asia. No info regarding U.S. availability.