Based on the number of messaging phones that continue to flood the market, there are plenty of people out there who appreciate the inclusion of a hardware QWERTY keyboard, but can’t be bothered with the complexity and price of a true smartphone. Continuing with this trend is the Samsung Corby Pro.
If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that the new Samsung Corby Pro (SGH-B5310) is a smartphone. But it’s not. It’s just a phone with a touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. What makes it “pro” is still unknown, but it could be the multitasking aspect, call it a slap in the face to Apple, but a $70 phone allowing you to run multiple applications has gotta tell you something. If the iPhone 4G does not support multitasking many iPhone owners may switch to the Corby Pro.. er not.
In fact, the “target market” for the device includes “customers looking for smartphone-like features without having to subscribe to a data plan.” From what I understand, since it’s not a smartphone, the Corby Pro can use that cheaper “unlimited mobile browsing” option from Rogers.
Going through the specs, you find an FM Radio, 2.8″ QVGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, Samsung TouchWiz UI, interchangeable panel jackets, WiFi, 3.0 megapixel camera, microSD slot, and stereo Bluetooth. It’s set up to work with Facebook Twitter, and MySpace too.
Available starting today, the Samsung Corby Pro can be had for $69.99 with a new three-year contract with Rogers Wireless. Go for a two-year and it’s $119.99, opt for a one-year and its $219.99. Go without a contract and the Corby Pro will put you back $274.99.