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Samsung Galaxy Chat – What you need to know

Any BlackBerry users out there worried about the death of the QWERTY keyboard, fear not! Samsung has just announced the first Android 4.0 handset to feature the physical keyboard.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat, the latest offering from the South Korean phone giant, is designed to tap into the social media-savvy teen market, and lure away those who were formally loyal to the Blackberry brand.

Samsung have picked the perfect time to do this, as RIM recently revealed that its latest OS, BlackBerry 10, won’t be available until next year. So what do you need to know about the Galaxy Chat?

Samsung Galaxy Chat specifications

It’s easy to forget that Samsung operates at the lower end of the market, as well as the cutting edge. The Galaxy Chat is certainly the former, with a 3-ichn 240×320 display and 4GB of internal storage – although this can be expanded up to 32GB.

The device’s key selling point is obviously the physical keyboard, as well as Android ICS. Also under the bonnet is a 1200mAh battery, and a 2MP rear-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Chat features

The specs may not be the best, but the Galaxy Chat’s features will certainly appeal. A button embedded in the keypad facilitates Samsung’s Chaton instant messaging service, and the model has a number of pre-loaded apps.

This includes Samsung’s Quick Office, GameHub, S Planner and AllShare Play, giving users the chance to play multimedia content on other connected devices.

Samsung Galaxy Chat launch

There has been no specific release date set by Samsung just yet, but the Galaxy Chat is expected to be launched in Spain in late July, with other markets to follow soon after.

Europe, China, the Middle East and Latin America are expected to get the phone this summer, but a UK release date is yet to be confirmed by Samsung.

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