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Samsung’s ICS running QWERTY smartphone GT-B5330 leaks


We never have enough of new device leaks, especially if it’s coming from a top Android OEM. While most of us might think that Samsung has its hands tied with the Galaxy S III launch stateside, the company seems to be working on something for developing markets. QWERTY Android devices haven’t really caught up with the market which is why we see so little of them. But it looks like Samsung wants to have a go at the form factor with the leak of the GT-B5330. The device info was originally sent to SammyHub by an anonymous tipster, so there’s no real confirmation from Samsung. Going by the image, it looks like a pretty standard QWERTY smartphone with a typical Samsung back cover.

It seems like the device is targeted towards emerging markets like Asia, Africa and business users who have been long associated with BlackBerry devices. Needless to say, these smartphones will be affordable and could be sold within the $150 price range. There is no info available about the specs or availability, but the device is said to feature a QVGA resolution display (320×240 pixels), an 850 MHz CPU and Android 4.0.4 on board. The GL Benchmark info gave out the OS details of this new device. It is evident that the device will feature a touch and type kind of layout with a touchscreen display complementing the QWERTY keyboard. Surprisingly, most manufacturers including RIM (Research In Motion) is going down this road. Perhaps the abundance of touchscreen devices in the market makes it an essential prerequisite for smartphones.

I’m not quite sure if the device will fare well in the market, but Samsung wouldn’t exactly be looking to sell 10 million of these. Remember this is merely a preliminary leak, so it is advised to take this with a pinch of salt.

Via: Sammy Hub

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