BlackBerry Q5 Entry-Level QWERTY Phone Announced

Blackberry recently announced the new BlackBerry Q5 QWERTY smartphone. It is the company’s second QWERTY phone which runs on the BlackBerry 10 Operating System. The previously launched BlackBerry Q10 was a high-end smartphone, while the new BlackBerry Q5 is an entry-level device for the emerging markets. This handset allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the BlackBerry World. Check out the complete specs below.

Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry, said,
“BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world. The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.”

blackberry_q5

BlackBerry Q5 features a 3.1 inch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera and much more.

Other features include NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2100 mAh non-removable battery.

The BlackBerry Q5 will go on sale from July in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America. This handset will be available in white, black, pink and red colors. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nokia Unveils Asha 210 With Dedicated WhatsApp Key

We have already seen a number of entry-level and mid-range smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even Nokia tried their luck with the entry-level Asha 205 which came with a dedicated Facebook and QQ button in India and China respectively. Today, Nokia announced the world’s first QWERTY phone with a dedicated WhatsApp key, the Nokia Asha 210. WhatsApp is offering their service for free on all Nokia Asha 210 devices with the WhatsApp button for their lifespan.

Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, said,
“The Nokia Asha 210 really stands out giving super-social consumers new ways to express their personalities through design, colour and innovations like the world’s first WhatsApp button. It has been designed to allow people to easily update their social networks, stay in touch with friends and share user created content.”

nokia_asha_210jpg

Nokia Asha 210 features a 2.4 inch QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, 64 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, up to 24 days of stand-by time, up to 12 hours of talk-time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset measures 111.5 mm x 60 mm x 11.8 mm and weighs just 97.3 grams. The Nokia Asha 210 will be available in Yellow, Black, White, Cyan, Magenta colors. This handset will be available in both single SIM and dual-SIM variants. The Nokia Asha 210 will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013 for just $72 excluding taxes.

Samsung Galaxy Chat Announced; Comes With Android 4.0, QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung recently announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Chat. This handset comes with a touchscreen display and a full QWERTY keyboard, similar to the previously launched Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos and HTC ChaCha. The interesting part is the Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Chat runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This handset is specially targeted at the youth looking for a great smartphone with touchscreen display as well as a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Galaxy Chat is the first smartphone to launch with the Android 4.0 as well as a full QWERTY keypad. However, other mid-range smartphone such as the Sony Xperia Mini Pro with slide-out QWERTY keypad have already been upgraded from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to the latest Android 4.0 ICS. This handset is preloaded with Game Hub which offers the most popular social games. Sounds interesting? If yes, then check out the complete specs below.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Android 4.0 ICS OS, full QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store and a 1200 mAh battery. Sadly, Samsung hasn’t yet provided any information regarding the processor speed and RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat comes with a dedicated Samsung ChatOn key which allows you to share text, animations and images with your friends from any phone platform. This handset is also pre-loaded with the Samsung’s AllShare Play and S Planner app which allows you to play multimedia from other connected devices and manage your schedule in an easy way respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat will go on sale in Spain from this month, followed by Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia in the coming weeks. Samsung has not yet revealed the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be around $200.

Nokia Asha 302 Already Available In India For Rs.6285

Do you still remember the Nokia Asha 302 phone? Yes, we are talking about the same QWERTY smartphone which was announced along with the Nokia PureView 808 and Nokia Lumia 610 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a 2.4 QVGA display as well as a 1 GHz processor.

The Nokia Asha 302 is company’s first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, which lets the user to access their emails, contacts, and calendar on an exchange server. Nokia has not yet officially launched this device in India. However, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy have already started selling this device in India. Check out the complete specs of this budget QWERTY phone below.

nokia asha 302

Nokia Asha 302 features a 2.4 QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Symbian S40 OS, 1 GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Nokia Browser and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, Social Networking apps, Mail For Exchange, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rates (EDR), 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, up to 29 days of stand-by time, up to 9 hours of talk-time, and a 1430 mAh battery.

The Nokia Asha 302 is currently available only in 3 colors – Dark Grey, White, Plum Red. The Mid Blue and Golden Light colors are expected to join the bandwagon soon after the launch. The Nokia Asha 302 comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,285. To get this device, head over to this page at Flikart or LetsBuy.

Verizon Unveils The Samsung Brightside QWERTY Phone

Along with the availability of Samsung Galaxy Tab, Verizon also announced a new budget phone, the Samsung Brightside. It is basically an entry-level handset with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This device will be exclusively available to the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US.

samsung brightside

Samsung has already launched some budget devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Y and the Samsung Wave Y which runs on the Android and Bada OS respectively. However, this device runs on the Samsung’s proprietary OS. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard will help the users to quickly send text messages and update social networking sites on the go.

The Samsung Brightside features a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung’s proprietary OS, 3.2 megapixel camera with timer, brightness control and shooting modes, Document viewer with support for Microsoft Office formats and Adobe PDF, Facebook and Twitter apps, microSD card slot, Bluetooth and much more.

Samsung has not yet announced the complete specs of this device. The Samsung Brightside will be available for Verizon Wireless subscribers from March 1, 2012. You can get this device for just $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year service agreement.

Nokia Unveils The Asha 302 Budget QWERTY Phone With 1 GHz Processor

Along with the Nokia 808 PureView 808 and Nokia Lumia 610, the company also announced the entry-level Nokia Asha 302 QWERTY phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Nokia Asha 302 is Nokia’s first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, which lets the user to access their emails, contacts, and calendar on an exchange server. This handset allows you to stay connected with your friends and family on the go.

Nicholas McQuire, research director enterprise mobility strategies EMEA for IDC, said,

“By making Mail For Exchange available for the sub 100 euros mobile device market, Nokia has taken a significant step in helping businesses across the globe, including those from high growth economies, achieve the productivity and employee satisfaction benefits that greater mobility affords them.”

nokia asha 302

Nokia Asha 302 features a 2.4 QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Symbian S40 OS, 1 GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Nokia Browser, Social Networking apps, Mail For Exchange, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rates (EDR), and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, MicroUSB, up to 29 days of stand-by time, up to 9 hours of talk-time, and a 1430 mAh battery.

This handset measures 115.2 mm x 58.9 mm x 13.5 mm and weighs just 106 g. The Nokia Asha 302 will be available in 5 colors – Dark Grey, White, Plum Red, Mid Blue, and Golden Light. This handset is specially designed for young entrepreneurs and professionals. The Nokia Asha 302 comes with a price tag of just 95 Euros (approx. $130/ Rs.6300) excluding taxes.

Vodafone 555 Blue QWERTY Phone Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

Vodafone recently announced a new entry-level QWERTY phone, the Vodafone 555 Blue. This handset comes with basic features such as 2.4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera, 16 GB expandable memory and so on. The most interesting feature of this phone is the dedicated Facebook button, which was earlier seen in the HTC ChaCha smartphone. The dedicated Facebook allows us to upload photos, share links as well as change the status update on the go. Check out the complete specs below.

vodafone 555 blue

Vodafone 555 Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

Vodafone 555 Blue allows you to easily browse the web, thanks to the pre-loaded Opera Mini browser. Sadly, this phone does not come with GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Vodafone 555 Blue is expected to come with a price tag of £60 (approx. $100/ Rs.4,400). This handset will be available from next month in Europe and Asia.

Nokia X2-01 Launched In India For Rs.4,459

nokia x2 01Nokia recently launched its latest entry level QWERTY phone, the Nokia X2-01 in India. The original X2 has a 5 megapixel camera but the Nokia X2-01 comes with the poor VGA camera. This handset is specially targeted at youngsters for social networking and fast communications. Check out the complete specs below.

Nokia X2-01 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, Series 40 UI, Full QWERTY keyboard, Media Player, FM Radio with RDS, Built-in handsfree speaker, 55MB internal memory, MicroSD Card Slot, 8GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, VGA Camera, Ovi Mail, Ovi Chat, Ovi Music, Ovi Life Tools, Up to 20 days stand-by time, up to 4.5 hours talktime and a 1020 mAh battery.

Nokia X2-01 is available in five vibrant colors Red, Deep Grey, Silver, Lilac and Azure. There is nothing special about this phone except the QWERTY keypad and affordable price. Are you planning to buy this phone or you will go with the Samsung Ch@t, which comes at the same price? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Rumor: Samsung Forte, New QWERTY LTE Android for MetroPCS

Samsung ForteSamsung Hub has come across some details and a leaked image of a new Android smartphone by Samsung – the Samsung Forte. Apparently, it is an LTE enabled device for MetroPCS. It will sport a sliding QWERTY keyboard and will come with a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and a 5 MP camera.

It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz UI but will likely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No other details are out yet.

via Samsung Hub

Acer Announces beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone

acer betouch e120

Acer recently announced the Android powered beTouch E210. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. Acer beTouch E210 is the tenth device in the Acer’s beTouch series of phones.

Acer beTouch E210 features a 2.6-inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 416 ST-Ericsson PNX6715 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.2-megapixel camera, music player and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, GPS, micro-USB, optical trackpad, Stereo FM Radio, Digital compass and a 1300mAh battery. This handset measures 115 x 62.5 x 11.5mm and weighs just 109g.

This handset is available in two colors – silver and black. Acer beTouch E210 will be released in the UK on March 11th. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.