QWERTY fiesta from AT&T: Pantech Matrix, Samsung Propel, Pantech Slate and AT&T Quickfire
Verizon may have come up with one nice looking phone today (Motorola Krave ZN4), but its good old friend AT&T has just announced no less than four new handsets: Pantech Matrix, Samsung Propel, Pantech Slate and AT&T Quickfire.
All of AT&T’s new phones have full QWERTY keyboards, hence they are meant to offer a quick and easy mobile messaging experience to users.
According to a recent Nielsen study, a part of the US mobile phone owners use their handsets more for text messaging and less for talking. Also, AT&T says that text messaging volumes had tripled since 2007, so it’s obvious why the US carrier has decided to bring four new QWERTY-equipped phones.
The only new handset available right away is Pantech Matrix:
Sold for $79.99, after a mail-in rebate and the signing of a 2-yr contract, Pantech Matrix has three color versions: navy blue, black & green and red. Similar to the old Pantech Duo, the Matrix comes with an alphanumeric keyboard in addition to the QWERTY one.
Its main specs include:
Quad band GSM connectivity, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Dual band UMTS/HSDPA, 850/1900 MHz
1.3 MP camera
Mobile Email and Instant Messaging
AT&T Mobile Music
AT&T Video Share
MicroSD card support, up to 4GB
4.66 ounces, 4.02 x 1.97 x 0.78 inches
Samsung Propel, pictured above, is a square slider that might not be seen as beautiful by too many users. Anyway, the phone will be on sale in late October (in red, blue, green and white/red) for the same price as Pantech Matrix: $79.99 . The features of Samsung Propel are not too different from the ones of the Matrix.
Pantech Slate is announced by AT&T as the world’s thinnest full QWERTY handset. It will be available at the same time as Samsung Propel, for only $49.99 with a contract agreement. The phone’s known features are: a 1.3 MP cam, Bluetooth, IM and email.
Here is how the slate looks like:
AT&T Quickfire, pictured below, seems to be a true competitor for T-Mobile’s Sidekick series.
The Quickfire features a touchscreen, 3G connectivity and GPS. It will be available starting November, in three colors: lime, orange and sliver. Its 2-yr contract price will be of $99.99.
Well, that’s about it with the new QWERTY handsets prepared by AT&T. Hope you didn’t get bored