All of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones announced until now are full-touch devices without QWERTY keyboards, despite the fact that demand for such handsets is high (the Motorola Droid’s success is a good example in this case).
We’ve recently heard that Samsung is readying the QWERTY-equipped Galaxy S Pro, and it seems that this isn’t the only new Galaxy to come with a keyboard this year.
Korea Times has it that a Samsung Galaxy Q is also in the making, and it will “be on American shelves by the end of year.”
In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Galaxy Q will unsurprisingly feature “advanced social media features.”
Reportedly, the Galaxy Q will compete with BlackBerries on the US market.
Samsung plans to ship 18 million smartphones this year around the world, hoping to surpass HTC, and, in the long term, RIM too. The Galaxy S Pro and Galaxy Q seem to be right steps in the right direction – although Samsung will have a really hard time with RIM in North America, where the Canadian company currently controls more than 40% of the smartphone market.
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