Samsung has announced the new Samsung Galaxy Pro which is an Android device that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard in a candybar form factor. The device is powered by a 800MHz processor and comes with a 2.8″ capacitive display, 3MP Camera and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. The rest of the specs such as RAM and screen type hasn’t been revealed yet.
At first, we thought this could be the Samsung Galaxy Q which was earlier speculated as a BlackBerry competitor but the specs fall short behind its rumoured 3″ Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor. According to Samsung Hub, Three UK has confirmed to offer the device and they even had a brief preview hands-on video of the Galaxy Pro.
So far, there hasn’t been many Android devices with a full front facing QWERTY keyboard in a candybar form factor. The other 2 that we know of is the Motorola Droid Pro and Motorola Charm. Earlier on, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha had boldly claim that a significant number of BlackBerry users will be wanting to switch over to Android. Perhaps with the recent announcement of BBM being made available to Android, we might possibly see more BlackBerry users switching over. Having a familiar form factor will definitely help attract these crackberries over.
Check out the quick preview video of the Samsung Galaxy Pro after the break
UPDATE: Apple Store to refund recent online purchase of iPads in Malaysia.
Those who bought the original iPad just couple of days before the announcement of the iPad 2 must have feeling really miserable over the drop of prices. Over here in Malaysia, prices were slashed as much as RM400 for the 3G unit. In the US, Apple acknowledges such frustration and they are giving back US$100 refund for those who purchase 2 weeks before the iPad 2 was announced, which means purchases after 16th February.
It is reported that affected US buyers will see US$100 refunded back to their credit card while overseas customers will get £100 or €100 back as well. No ideas about the rest of us here in Malaysia but you might want to call the Apple Store at 1800-80-6419 to find out. Who knows they will also refund back RM350 or RM400 too.
Maxis has introduced a time limited offer to own the iPhone 4 at a lower commitment. From 4th March until 30th April, Maxis offers the iValue Lite plan with commitment of RM70/month which makes it more affordable than its current RM100/month iValue 1 plan.
Despite being RM30 cheaper, most of the bundled data, talk time, sms and MMS are less than half of what’s being bundled in iValue 1 plan. Not forgetting also are the call rates which are charged higher at 18 sen/min. As highlighted in our previous DiGi vs Maxis iPhone 4 comparison, Maxis bundled SMS and MMS are restricted to Maxis to Maxis only.
On the iPhone 4 subsidised pricing, it is merely RM200 off for 12 months contract and RM300 off for 24 months contract. For RM30 less, that’s a lot to sacrifice on usage and a chunk on phone subsidy. Even if you’re with a tight budget, iValue 1 is much more recommended than this lite plan.
Check out the plan details at Maxis iPhone 4 page.