By Stephen Schenck | July 4, 2012 4:22 PM
Back on Monday, we talked to you about Samsung’s model GT-B5330, a portrait-mode QWERTY Android running ICS that was showing up in some benchmark listings. While it had an interesting look to it, the hardware details available didn’t make it out to be a very impressive handset, and we weren’t expecting Samsung to release it anywhere but Asia. Now, Samsung has officially announced the model, giving it the name Galaxy Chat, and though it still seems quite underpowered, the extra details Samsung has provided are serving to make the phone just a bit more attractive.
Shortly after posting about the Chat on Monday, we noticed that its FCC documentation had just become available, and it didn’t appear to reveal support for any US 3G bands. While there’s still no sign of Samsung having any intent to bring the Chat to the States, it’s now revealed that the model will still be getting quite the global distribution, coming to Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, in addition to China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia.
Samsung mentions there being an LTE version of the Chat, but hasn’t divulged any details on what bands it might support, or which market it’s intended for.
As if the hardware keyboard and lower-end hardware didn’t make it clear, this is supposed to be a budget-priced messaging phone. That role is assisted by the presence of a dedicated hardware button to call up Samsung’s ChatON app. The Galaxy S III may have been the first phone to feature Samsung’s new Nature UX skin, but the Galaxy Chat will be happy to be the company’s second model to showcase the UI.
Samsung hasn’t shared specific pricing info just yet, only noting that the Chat will have a “competitive price point”. It launches first in Spain, later this month.