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
  • AT&T Navigator
  • Mobile Email and Instant Messaging
  • Bluetooth
  • 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 :)

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Alex Peter

    That's a great phone. I like QWERTY phones, because of their professional look. AT & T has always been at the top to produce such kind of beautiful mobile phones at competitive prices.

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  • essence hood

    i LOVE the new samsung propel [ =
    I have to have it
    essence hood <333

  • lady

    i love the matrix!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is soo kol!!

    it is the phone i all was wanted

  • Daniela

    The quickfire is the way to go ya'll! It's like a sidekick AND an IPhone together!

  • lechar

    i need to know…which is better for the price…the propel or the slate?

  • Flip, Kick.

    I had the quickfirer and the touchscreen sucks. Its nothing liker the iPhone. Then I got the Samsung Propel in red-white. Now I think I'm going to get the Xenon in red.

  • Flip, Kick.

    I had the quickfirer and the touchscreen sucks. Its nothing liker the iPhone. Then I got the Samsung Propel in red-white. Now I think I'm going to get the Xenon in red.