Samsung introduces qwerty phone to counter Nokia

Samsung has introduced a Qwerty phone called the Samsung Qool S5270K model meant to diffuse the LetsGetQwerty promotion currently run by Nokia in Kenya.

The phone, retailing at Ksh6,900 ($83), has full 3G internet capabilities and features a 2.4-inch traditional LCD display with 65K colors. It come with 80MB internal storage capacity, Bluetooth capability and a micro USB port to connect with a PC.

The gadget has 2.0 megapixel camera with 4x Digital zoom and supports Geo tagging support, Shot modes and Photo effects. It features additional multimedia options like MP3 player, FM radio, native Facebook and Twitter apps.
The new device also comes with a Wi-Fi enablement for easy Internet access.

In March this year, Nokia introduced Nokia Asha, a range of Qwerty phones with 3G Internet including Nokia Asha 200, 201, 300, 303. These low-end smartphones can access the Internet through Wi-Fi. Their prices range from KSh7,300 ($90) to 10,000 ($120).

This year, Samsung overtook Nokia as the world leading phone manufacturer. The South Korean company edged out the Finnish company by shipping over 93 million sets in the first quarter of 2012. Nokia shipped 82 million handsets.

Samsung on the other hand released its high-end phone Samsung Galaxy SIII worldwide, termed as the best smartphone although gauged at same level with Apple’s iPhone 4S.

The rivalry between the two biggest market players will leave the African market spoilt for choice over the best smartphone to purchase.

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