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Samsung Galaxy Chat officially unveiled, coming this month with ICS and QWERTY keyboard

July 4, 2012

Just 24 hours after picking up on a couple of leaks regarding a future Samsung entry-level phone, Sammy has already gone up and made the handheld official. The GT-B5330, as we knew it yesterday, will be marketed as the Samsung Galaxy Chat and will hit Europe by the end of the month.

The Galaxy Chat is a low-end device in the true sense of the word and will not draw much attention with its power or looks, but the phone does have two pleasant surprises for tech enthusiasts on a budget. Set to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the 3-incher will also come with a physical QWERTY keyboard, being therefore a lot more functional than your regular run-of-the-mill entry-level phone.

While the QWERTY keyboard should help Samsung market this as a phone for the social media and chatting enthusiast, that doesn’t help its overall look and feel one bit. Measuring a pretty decent 11.7 mm (0.46 inches) in thickness and weighing in at 112 grams (3.95 ounces), the Galaxy Chat simply looks rigid and a bit unrefined, at least as far as I’m concerned.

Getting over these somewhat shallow observations, we have to urge you to not expect much “oomph” from the Galaxy Chat. Neither the new phone’s processor, nor its RAM has been mentioned in Samsung’s formal introduction of the device, which is anything but a good sign.

We know, however, that the Chat will be sporting a 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution and will come with a more than modest 2 MP rear-facing camera, a 1,200 mAh battery, only 4 GB of internal memory, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, and a microSD card slot.

As far as software goes, the 3-incher will come with TouchWiz UI on top of Ice Cream Sandwich, but also with Samsung’s ChatON communication service, Quick Office editor, and pre-installed S Planner apps.

The Chat’s exact pricing details haven’t been announced just yet, but Samsung has promised to sell the phone at a “competitive price point”. Spain will be the 3-incher’s first stop in its “European tour” set to take place by the end of the month, with other markets across the Old Continent, but also in Latin America and Asia, following closely. As far as the States go, Samsung hasn’t announced anything official, and there’s only an off chance that the Galaxy Chat will ever see the light in America.

Is anyone excited about the Samsung Galaxy Chat? What would be a fair price to ask for this rather modestly-equipped, but original phone from Sammy?