Though Samsung is best known for its touch phones, the Galaxy Pro in India seems to be enjoying attention and it’s still being sold through various online portals at a budget price. Hunting down QWERTY keyboard-equipped Android smartphones nowadays is tough enough as it is and finding a reasonably tagged one, even more so.
Since the Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 sports a physical keypad, the size of the touchscreen is naturally sacrificed. It spans across 2.8 inches on the front of the 10.6mmx 66.7mm x 108.6mm chassis. The South Korean manufacturer released it with a helping of Froyo back in 2011. The device was offered an update to Gingerbread at a later stage. It’s unlikely that any amount of wishful thinking will get the OS bumped up to ICS or Jelly Bean in the future.
But it’s still a good buy if a QWERTY keypad, Android and a touch display are on users’ list of expected features. Staying in line with the mid-range specs, there’s a very basic 3MP camera on the back panel. It is helped along by auto-focus, ISO support and several white balance levels. Since the Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 is focused on professionals, it comes equipped with ThinkFree Office which enables creating and editing documents right from the modest-sized screen.
Key specs summarized:
– Android Gingerbread
– TouchWiz UI
– 2.8-inch touchscreen
– QWERTY keypad
– 3MP camera, no secondary snapper
– 800MHz processor
– 900/2100MHz 3G band connectivity
– 10.6mmx 66.7mm x 108.6mm dimensions
– Black and white color options
– Available accessories: Black and white portable battery charging packs
Similar QWERTY options from other brands:
– BlackBerry Q5 (July release date)
– BlackBerry Curve 9220 (approx. Rs. 9,500, no touchscreen)
– Nokia Asha 201 (approx. Rs. 3,900, no touchscreen)
– Nokia Asha 303 (approx. Rs. 6,600)
– HTC ChaCha (approx. Rs. 9,200)
The Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 only appears to be available through Airtel for Rs. 8,495. The company’s eStore does not have it in stock, but it may be possible to lay hands on the smartphone through various retail outlets in the country. After all, it’s a very popular brand and it will take some time until QWERTY devices are completely out of customers’ minds.
A quick look at the online sellers carrying the handset and the related price tags:
Airtel – Rs. 8,495
LetsShop.in – Rs. 10,000 (Presently out of stock)