Samsung's Galaxy Pro Android 2.2 smartphone offers a full QWERTY keyboard and touch-screen for the touch- and typing-inclined users.
Electronics March 7 introduced the Galaxy Pro, a smartphone running Google's
Android 2.2 operating system that offers a full QWERTY keyboard and 2.8-inch
touch-screen to let users access the phone by touch and type messages and
is powered by an 800MHz chip and includes a 3.0 megapixel camera for
pictures and video capture. The device supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and
features Google Maps for navigation.
also offers 512MB of memory and up to 11 hours of talk time with a 1350 mAh
battery. A mobile hotspot is also available.
handsets that use the "Pro" designation offer devices with serious
corporate security (see Motorola
), the "pro" in the Galaxy Pro is due to the physical
a first among Samsung Galaxy devices, makes it easier for users to type e-mail
in a user experience that approximates that of the enterprise-oriented
The Galaxy Pro
also supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and includes the Think Free Office
Document Editor for helping users view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and
The phone is
also for socialites. Pro is fitted with Social Hub Premium, which lumps e-mail,
instant messaging and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in a single
central contact list, with each message accessible via a single touch of the
touch-screen or keyboard.
user experience and Motorola's Motoblur UI offer similar messaging integration
on their Android handsets.
Samsung in its
press release said the integration of the Social Hub Premium software, combined
with the dual-input control, make it the "perfect business partner and
Pro, which runs on HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) and quad-band GSM
networks, will be available during the second quarter in the U.K. market
followed by a rollout in other European countries, the Middle East, Southeast
Asia and India. U.K. service provider Three already voiced
No word yet on the
Galaxy Pro's availability for the United States.
processor powers most Android smartphones today, including the handful of
phones that are part of the current Galaxy S line.
Pro's 800MHz chip (and 3MP camera) may be a signal that the handset won't break
the high-end smartphone barrier of $199.99 if it does arrive in the United States.