March 7, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
The portrait QWERTY form factor is no longer as underrepresented in the world of Android devices as it was just a couple of months ago. The Acer beTouch led the way in June last year, and since then the Motorola Droid Pro, the Spriiing Smile, and HTC’s Facebook-centric phone ChaCha have all featured the same BlackBerry-esque form factor.
Another device that now can be added to the list is the Samsung Galaxy Pro. The newly announced device packs a 2.8-inch touchscreen, a 3MP camera with autofocus, and a 800MHz processor. It runs Android 2.2 with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI on top, and the Galaxy Pro also comes with Social Media Hub Premium, which lets you manage your social life from one place and it’s also said to improve battery life. A bit underwhelming specs, but the main feature of this device is arguably its form factor that some people love, and the Galaxy Pro has a full four-row hardware QWERTY keyboard.
Samsung’s portrait QWERTY handset is coming soon to Three UK, and the carrier has already recorded a short hands-on video that is embedded below. No word on availability in other areas yet or pricing, but that will likely be announced before long.