updated 01:28 pm EDT, Fri July 6, 2012
Social-centric phone due for Europe, Latin America
Samsung today announced the launch of a new smartphone targeted at socially-active users, the Galaxy Chat. The new phone features a hardware QWERTY keyboard and runs Android 4.0. The Galaxy Chat will be released in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, though Samsung has yet to reveal pricing and availability details.
Sporting an aesthetic similar to the Galaxy S III, the new handset measures 59.3x11.7x118.9mm and weighs 112g. The Chat comes with a 3-inch 240x320 LCD display and a 2MP rear camera. Inside, the Chat has an 850 MHz processor and 4GB of memory, which can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card.
The Galaxy Chat will be compatible with USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11bgn Wi-Fi.
The Chat will feature Samsung's Touchwiz UX atop the Android 4.0 operating system, with a number of Samsung Apps packed in as well. Samsung says the phone will be available in July starting in Spain, with rollouts to Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia to follow thereafter. Pricing is said to be "competitive."