Samsung has launched a dual SIM mobile phone namely, Samsung Chat 322 in Russian and Indian market. Also known as the Samsung C322, the phone is a member of Samsung’s Duos Lite family. This smartphone was globally announced a few days ago, and now it is been announced in India for Rs 4,499.
The C 322 features a 1.3 mega pixel camera and comes with full QWERTY optical keyboard. Its 2.2-inch landscape TFT display offers a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels. While on paper that looks fine, the picture can be a a bit grainy-a somewhat higher resolutions would have made Samsung chat a pretty compelling buy.
The phone also includes a 3.5mm audio port and micro USB v2 ports. Furthermore, it comes with internal memory of 54 MB that can be extended upto 8 GB via microSD card slot.The phone comes with 1MB card.
Other goodies in the box include charger, a driver CD and earphones.
Samsung C322 is targeted at youth whose primary needs are listening to music, taking photos and staying in touch with friends (social networking). And the phone is well optimized for these tasks. Samsung Chat’s Qwerty keyboard is easy-to-use though the keys are a bit tiny. There is volume rocker (for music) and camera buttons on the left side of the phone.
The optical trackpad in the center is cool, and more importantly, responsive making navigating menu a breeze.
It’s available in both black and white colors. The one in white looks classy and has more presence. The phone, cased in plastic body, is light though it does feel a bit delicate. You wouldn’t want to drop this one.
The phone operates at a frequency of GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. It has a dimension of 109.5 x 60 x 12.3 mm and weighs 95gms. For connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth 2.1 and GPRS / EDGE. It also has video player with recording facility. Samsung C322 also comes with the integration of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The C322 comes with a standard Li-ion battery that offers a standby time of 500 hrs and talk time of 11 hrs. (Read about Samsung dual-sim phones in India.)
Overall, a pretty good phone for the money. But Nokia, which has just launched Nokia X2-01 is the same price band, might have Samsung’s number here. The latter is a solid phone with a pretty good screen. But we will have more on these two once we get our hands on Nokia X2-01.