Saturday, June 19, 2010

Samsung to aim for RIM with Galaxy Q full-QWERTY smartphone

Samsung's Galaxy S variants are set to light up on North American carriers, and AT&T just announced a variant (albeit somewhat crippled). However, an unnamed source has already outed Samsung's next smartphone: the Galaxy Q.

The report cites an industry source close to Samsung as saying:
"Galaxy Q _ based on the Android mobile platform _ will be all about providing simplicity in user experience, although it will still feature a full QWERTY keypad. The full touch-screen phone will also come with advanced social media features.

"The timing of the Galaxy Q launch hasn't been fixed. Samsung still has things to negotiate with American carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. However, the phone will be on American shelves by the end of year."
According to the report, while the Galaxy S is seen as Samsung's "iPhone-killer" by the company, the Galaxy Q would be targeted at RIM users. Thus, while specifications of the Galaxy Q were not detailed, it's unclear if the keyboard will be a slide-out one similar to the Motorola Droid, or something more BlackBerry-like, which would be a new form factor for Android.

The unnamed source added, ""It is expected the Galaxy Q will pave the way for Samsung to eat up more shares in QWERTY smartphones in North America, where the Canadian company (RIM) is leading the way."

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