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New Affordable Android Smartphones with QWERTY Keypads

LG does an Affordable Android Smartphones with QWERTY Keypads smartphone


Optimus Pro

Apparently, every smartphone manufacturer loves naming their portrait-QWERTY touchscreen Android device as ‘Pro’, regardless of its actual enterprise usage. It started with Motorola’s DROID Pro, then was followed by Samsung Galaxy Pro and now comes the LG Optimus Pro.

The LG Optimus C660 is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone, with a 2.8-inch QVGA display and a four-row QWERTY keypad just under it. It also includes a 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 1,500 mAh battery.

Update: The Optimus Pro is available for Rs. 9,500 at present in India.

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos, upcoming Dual-SIM Android smartphone


Apparently, Samsung has an Android-based, dual-SIM capable smartphone in the pipeline as leaked by GSMArena. The device will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos, however there is no information availability.

It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The device sports a 2.6-inch display with 320 x 240 pixels resolution, it is powered by a 832 MHz processor and comes with a 3.15 megapixel camera. This smartphone will obviously be placed in the affordable category but the pricing not yet certain.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro SK17i



Slide out QWERTY keyboard.
Fast 1Ghz processor.
Great 5 MP camera and LED Flash.
720p HD video recording.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Sony Ericsson Timescape UI.
Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.
Fairly loud and clear loud speaker.
Fair amount of internal storage – 400MB.
Aggressively priced.


Small screen size – 3-inch.

The Bottom Line

Fantastic device for the price. Completely kills any competition in the 15k price bracket. If you’re looking for a mid-range smartphone, this is your sole perfect choice!

The Xperia Mini Pro SK17i is the tiny beast in Sony Ericsson’s Xperia smartphone lineup. With great build quality and good hardware on board, we would recommend in the 15k price bracket. Before anything else, let’s take a look at the specs of the device.

3-inch Mobile BRAVIA Engine (320×480 ~192ppi)

1Ghz Processor, Adreno 205 GPU

512MB RAM, 400MB ROM

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

5 MP camera with LED Flash, and 720p HD video recording




1200mAh battery


Build Quality and Design

The device has a plastic construction, but feels very solid, and is quite heavy. The good quality plastic ensures safety, and the need for a case is not much, as the back is scratch resistant, with a rubber-like coating, and feels very good in the hand. The display has a scratch resistant coating, and an additional screen protector is included in the box. The slider mechanism is very smooth, and snaps in position firmly. But after a week’s use, it becomes a tad loose, and if for example, you are cleaning the screen, it tends to slide out.

Camera and Multimedia

The 5 MP camera on the Xperia Mini Pro is very impressive. It clicks pictures with good details, and the colors have depth. The focusing and snapping of pictures is almost instant. You can either use the camera shutter button, or tap on the screen to take a snap. You get various scene modes to choose from to help you get the best out of your shots. Here are some samples.

HTC ChaCha

The much anticipated Facebook phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer has finally launched in India. Like the previously launched HTC Salsa, HTC ChaCha is designed to appeal to social network fans.


This is an Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread device which is powered by an 800MHz processor. HTC has priced ChaCha at 15,990 INR. The device features a dedicated Facebook button which allows users to instantly update their status, upload a photo or a video or simply check what their friends are doing.
HTC Salsa has a 2.6-inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 3G, WiFi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. The device supports 32GB of expandable memory via microSD card.

Tata DOCOMO users will be able to reap some extra juice from the device as the operator has announced that all its 3G customers will get 3GB of data and 3 hours of mobile TV free with this device, and it would be valid for the first three months. 2G users will also get 3GB of data but along with 300 free minutes on their network, for the same amount of time.

Android based Motorola Fire sneaks into India


Motorola has not been very loud about this smartphone, however we can confirm that it has hit Indian shores. The Motorola Fire is priced at 9,490 INR.

The smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor. It also includes 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a full QWERTY keypad and a 3 megapixel camera. Now, the hardware is not at all impressive, but then the price is not very different from Chinese manufactured Android devices in the market.