Samsung to introduce low-cost portrait QWERTY Ice Cream Sandwich handset (GT-B5330)


A new portrait QWERTY handset from Samsung has emerged, and it appears as if it could be one of the mobile maker’s first affordably priced Android 4.0 smartphones. The Samsung GT-B5530 breathes some life into the BlackBerry-esque form factor that has waned from popularity recently, and according info revealed through the Chinese certification process will feature 3G support and a QVGA (320×240) display. GL Benchmark data identifies Android 4.0.4 as the phone’s OS and shows a processor clocked at 850MHz.

Samsung’s plans for the GT-B5530 are not known at this time, but based on the known specs the phone is a far cry from Samsung’s most recent Ice Cream Sandwich release, the Samsung Galaxy S3. While the portrait QWERTY form factor has long been associated with business power users, this low-powered phone might find itself targeted towards tweenie texters. Other specifics are not known at this time.

[via SammyHub]

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  1. I feel that there should be an extra row of keys.

    Right now, the screen seems too big compared the space taken by the keypad..

    1. For me the screen seems too small compared to the white space around the screen… should make the screen larger and add a few pixels to it. keyboard seems nice.

  2. Decent form factor. I know numerous people who love Palm/BB style front mount hardware keyboards.
    Only downer is that camera phones without a flash kind of suck….

  3. They should reduce the bezel all around therefor making the screen a bit bigger. They should also include a 5th row for the numbers. What ever happen to the flash?

    1. It’s a budget phone.

  4. The next Replenish…

  5. Am I the only power business user left who wants this general form factor with a non-budget (i.e, decent processor/memory/resolution) phone? And is willing to pay for it? I can’t be. I ultimately may have to buy this phone and continue to have an underpowered device because I have to choose between that and being unable to deal effectively with work email. Sad.

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