Samsung Galaxy Chat, in-depth analysis

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He has been talked about on some occasions, but the truth is that we had always done it as hearsay . Now, finally, its existence has been confirmed by the Korean firm Samsung . We are a new addition in the field of smart mobile telephony that materializes through the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Chat , a device that combines the properties of a touch panel with those of a full QWERTY keyboard , ideal for those who spend writing the day : chatting, sending messages and even managing your office via mobile. In any case, we are faced with a simple device that is included in thebasic range of the Korean catalog , so that everything indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Chat will be sold for a fairly cheap price, or cheaper than usual.

For now, a white model has been released with a much simpler appearance than the company's large terminals, working in a complementary way with a touch screen and with a much more operational keyboard than virtual QWERTY keyboards . The camera does not stand out especially, so it should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy Chat is not a phone equipped for multimedia issues , although it comes out buoyant in the section of connectivity and applications. Below, we offer you an in-depth analysis with photos and opinions .

Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy Chat stands out for having a slightly different design than the rest of the devices that have been released within the basic range of the Korean company Samsung . In fact, you will see - judging by the images that we have already made available to you - that the Samsung Galaxy Chat has quite spare and light forms. To begin with, we have only known a white model and we do not know if there will be a black or pebble blue edition , as Samsung has done with the current flagship. As specified in the device's technical sheet, the Samsung Galaxy Chat measures118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm and weighs 112 grams , including battery. We are not facing a particularly heavy phone, quite the opposite. In principle, we are facing a fairly slender and light piece.

But this is not all, because Samsung has also integrated a multi-touch screen in the device. In this case, this is a touch panel TFT 3.0 inch , with a maximum resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and a density of 133 pixels per inch . The terminal in question works through the TouchWiz interface, as is usual in the case of Samsungs that carry the integrated Android operating system . The Samsung Galaxy Chat , on the other hand, has a fundamental element: that is the full QWERTY keyboard that will allow us to write long text messages or emails in a more agile way. Hekeyboard will also be very useful for those who regularly exchange instant messages with their friends, family or colleagues.

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Despite being a basic range mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy Chat is perfectly operational in the connectivity section. In this way, we are able to indicate that the phone works on the GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and HSDPA 900/2100 networks . Samsung thus guarantees 3G connectivity for those users who need a certain degree of agility to navigate between pages, download or send content of any kind and especially multimedia. But this is not all, because the Samsung Galaxy Chat also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n networks and the Wifi Hotspot function., useful for anchoring other devices to the phone, thus allowing the connection (through the contracted 3G ) to the Internet of our laptops and tablets . It should also be noted that the phone is complemented by Bluetooth 3.0 technology with A2DP , useful for exchanging files between devices. In principle, it has a basic GPS that will be essential when activating and using geolocation services or any application that needs to connect to them to function.

In the section on physical connections , it should be noted three basic and essential elements present in the vast majority of phones of this type: the microUSB 2.0 port to connect the phone to the computer (synchronize content, charge the battery, download updates ...) the 3.5 mm headphone jack (to listen to music silently or even connect speakers) and the microSD card slot (useful for expanding the internal memory of the terminal up to 32 GB ).

Photographic and multimedia camera

We are facing a simple terminal, quite basic and even insufficient for those users who demand high multimedia features . So much so, that it will be necessary to take this detail into account, before risking a purchase that does not bring us benefits. The Samsung Galaxy Chat will be interesting for all those who intend to get a basic phone and do not use the device's camera on a regular basis. In any case, we have to point out that the Samsung Galaxy Chat incorporates a camera with a two megapixel sensor, whose use will be purely testimonial. The images obtained may reach a maximum of1600 x 1200 pixels and we have the opportunity to record video , albeit in a rather low quality. Obviously, additional features such as autofocus, flash and other managers are not considered to obtain quality photographs.

The same thing happens in multimedia playback. The Samsung Galaxy Chat is only prepared to play content in basic formats, since we are not dealing with a device specially made for such purposes. You should know, in any case, that it will be possible for you to play music, video and photo files in the following formats: MP3, WAV, eAAC +, MP4, WMV and H.264 . Additionally, we will find a very simple image and video editor, with a document viewer and with integration of the free service Picasa , owned by Google , which is used to store images.

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Memory and operating system

The Samsung Galaxy Chat is presented to the general public with a user memory of up to 4 GB , enough for normal use of the device. However, if your thing is to carry files everywhere, it is best to use an additional memory card . As we have already indicated in the connectivity section , the phone has a special slot for microSD memory cards , with a maximum capacity of up to 32 GB . The processor that we will find housed in this terminal is a single core and operates at a clock frequency of 850 MHz and is complemented by a scarce RAM memory, but fair for its range: 512 MB .

In any case, we must mention the pairing of Android with this device. And is that for the occasion, Samsung has decided to incorporate the latest version of this platform. We would be talking about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich , with the opportunity to upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future , the most recent version that Google has actually presented . How could it be otherwise, users of this platform in the Samsung Galaxy Chat will have the opportunity to access the main Google services , mostly free, such as: Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk or Picasa . As if this were not enough, users will be able to connect to services as essential for Samsung as ChatON , with the Game Hub (gateway to a wide variety of video games for mobile phones) and to applications as innovative as AllShare Play (to share content online ) or the S Planner (an organizer that until now had only been integrated into the Samsung Galaxy Note ).

Those who are also interested in downloading applications will be able to access the Google Play service without any problem to continue expanding and completing their phone services through the thousands of applications that Google offers to Android customers .

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Autonomy and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Chat has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1,200 milliamps . For now, no reasons have been disclosed about their autonomy, although knowing them, we could not pay much attention to them. It must be taken into account that the autonomy resulting from a device is highly conditioned by the operation of the network, by the services that we have activated and ultimately, by the personal use we make of the device . Agree to assess all these variables and test taking into account our use to obtain a result set on autonomy that can deliver this battery.

We know that the phone will be available at a competitive price, but Samsung has not yet offered hard figures . We will have to wait a bit to meet them, although we will not wait that long. Samsung Electronics has just announced that the Samsung Galaxy Chat will go on sale to the most socially active users in mid- July , with an exclusive launch within the Spanish territory. Indeed, Spain will be the first country to embrace it. Then it will gradually reach Europe, Latin America, China and part of Asia . We will be attentive to offer you all the news that revolves around this unexpected launch.

Data sheet

StandardGSM 850/900/1800/1900

HSDPA 900/2100

Weight and measurements118 x 59.3 x 11.7 mm

112 grams

Memory4 GB internal memory

Expandable with 32GB microSD cards


Capacitive multi-touch

3.0 inch

240 x 320 pixels

TouchWiz UI interface

QWERTY keyboard

Camera2 megapixel sensor

1600 x 1200 pixels

Record video

MultimediaPlay music, video and photos

MP3, WAV, eAAC +, MP4, WMV, H.264


Image and video editor

Document viewer

Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa

Samsung ChatON

Game Hub

AllShare Play

S Planner

JAVA support

Adobe Flash Player 10.3 support

Controls and connectionsAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system

850 MHz single core processor



Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n

Wi-Fi Hotspot

Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP

microUSB 2.0

3.5mm headphone output

Autonomy1,200 milliamp battery
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