A leak yesterday has forced Samsung to show its cards and officially announced the upcoming Galaxy Chat, a smartphone device that comes with both Android 4.0 and a fully QWERTY keyboard. We hardly see manufacturers launching Android phones with physical keyboards - with the exception of a select few like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and the Mini Pro -; BlackBerry devices like the Torch 9810 are still the first that comes to mind.
The other hardware specs include:
Additionally, the phone will feature a dedicated key to launch Samsung's own proprietary ChatON messenger service and other dedicated Samsung features such as Game Hub, Allshare Play, S Planner app and more. The device is clearly targeted at the budget spectrum of consumers and looks set to be an alternative for those considering BlackBerry smartphones for its keyboard hardware and its BBM services.
The phone will make its debut in Spain later this month, followed by other countries in "Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia".
Unfortunately, local Samsung representatives have later confirmed that the Galaxy Chat will not be available in Singapore.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow via Sammy Hub and The Verge