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The Samsung Galaxy S Pro sports a beautiful 4" AMOLED touch-screen and full Qwerty keyboard.  (Source: Android Community)
Full Qwerty Android alternative to Sprint's EVO 4G

This morning, Android Central announced specs for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S Pro, an Android-based smartphone slated for Sprint.

These specs come from what Android Central calls a "tried-and-true tipster" who got his/her hands on an early prototype, but they have not been confirmed by Samsung. The handset is still in early stages of testing, so the following is subject to change.

On the hardware side, the Galaxy S Pro boasts a 4" Super AMOLED touch-screen with slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a 1 Ghz Samsung/Intrinsity ARM Cortex A8 processor (similar to the processor powering the iPhone 4 and iPad), 512 Mb RAM, 802.11 b/g/n, dual cameras (a 5 MP camera with 720p video capture rear-facing one, and a VGA front-facing), and a radio that supports Sprint's 4G WiMax network.

The tipster noted that the body was unimpressive because of a "plastic feel," but that it could be because it is only a prototype at this stage. The tipster also noted that the screen was sizably smaller than the HTC EVO 4G, but larger than the Nexus One

As for software, the device was spotted running Android 2.1 with Samsung's own Touchwiz 3.0 customizations overlaid. Hopefully, the Galaxy S Pro will be running Froyo -- or whatever other playful name the latest Android update has then -- by the the time the phone launches.

No word yet on pricing or a release date, but it will be a decent upgrade from Sprint's current full Qwerty Android offering, the Samsung Moment, and an alternative to the keyboard-less EVO.

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By TheRequiem on 6/21/2010 11:03:05 AM , Rating: 2
Android with slide out qwerty board and 4g? Sign me up immediately!

By xsilver on 6/21/10, Rating: -1
By InvertMe on 6/21/2010 11:29:09 AM , Rating: 5
at what point do people stop complaining about something that may not suite them but suites others just fine?

By therealnickdanger on 6/21/2010 1:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
+infinity... and beyond!

By dubldwn on 6/21/2010 12:06:26 PM , Rating: 3
at what point does a phone become too big?

When it can no longer fit in your pocket and/or it becomes uncomfortable to use as a phone. Which for me is probably 4" - 4.3"

By ksherman on 6/21/2010 12:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
4.3" is still very pocketable. I think thickness has a lot more to do with how well it fits in your pocket. At least for me anyway.

By CrazyBernie on 6/22/2010 4:16:14 AM , Rating: 2
So is that a 4.3" AMOLED in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

By TheRequiem on 6/21/2010 1:04:42 PM , Rating: 3
I think phones realistically have maxed out at 4.3 and will only get thinner from here on out. Most people will agree 4.3 inches is pretty much going to be it as far as size goes. Only resolution and display tech will increase here on out. In a couple of years, you'll probably see 1080p resolution occupying the 4 - 4.3 inches. This phone is only 4 inches which is realistically not any wider then most wallets. Actually, my wallet is gigantic compared to this phone...

By inperfectdarkness on 6/21/2010 1:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
assuming it will have a 720p screen; i might even pre-order it.

By theapparition on 6/21/2010 2:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure what the advantage of a 720p on a 4" screen is, much less the new iPhones screen size.

By xler8r on 6/21/2010 11:14:57 AM , Rating: 1
Good to see the marketplace evolving quickly to combat the EVO. No hate on the EVO, I love it; but for competition sake props to 'em.

RE: Solid
By ksherman on 6/21/2010 11:42:01 AM , Rating: 2
You know, it's frightening being away from the iPhone market. As someone that likes new gadgets, I found comfort knowing that when I bought an iPhone, it wouldn't be 'out of date' for at least another year.

I JUST got my EVO last week, and now there is another 4G phone with a (potentially) better screen and a full keyboard already?! And now the Droid 2 coming.. *sigh* F**ing 2 year contracts.

RE: Solid
By theapparition on 6/21/2010 12:27:57 PM , Rating: 3
I found comfort knowing that when I bought an iPhone, it wouldn't be 'out of date' for at least another year.

Newest iPhone isn't even released and is already eclipsed in several areas.

I JUST got my EVO last week, and now there is another 4G phone with a (potentially) better screen and a full keyboard already?!

You don't have to have the latest technology. Some people always want to keep up with the "Jones". However, if you are such a tech enthusiast, then it's quite easy to upgrade or change cell phone plans at any time, it's just going to cost you.

What do you expect, the rest of the world to stop innovating so YOU don't get buyers remorse. Buy a car, a new models always around the corner. Buy a computer, and there's always another processor/video card/USB 8 ultra quick edition coming out in a few months. Just the way it is.

And now the Droid 2 coming..

I think you mean the Motorola Droid X. EVO sized competitor on Verizon. 4.3" Screen and the fantastic OMAP processor that puts Snapdragon to shame.

The Droid 2 will drop a month later, but is just a faster refresh of the original Droid with better slide out keyboard. Other than that, the Droid and Droid 2 will be indistingushable.

*sigh* F**ing 2 year contracts.

As I said, very easy to get out of your contract, switch providers and buy the latest phone every week if you want. Just have to pay to play.

RE: Solid
By ksherman on 6/21/2010 12:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, some valid points.

But despite the fact that the iPhone may get out-spec'ed, it remains the only phone that runs iOS and it was only updated once a year. It's a different ecosystem for a phone, one that (oddly) doesn't make me regret following engadget everyday.

What is up with T-Mobile
By AEvangel on 6/21/2010 12:25:46 PM , Rating: 1
I just wonder when T-mobile is going to launch something similar to the Droid or Incredible. It seems strange for the Company that launched the first Android phone to lag behind so bad now.

By inperfectdarkness on 6/21/2010 1:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
they'll have to offer incentive to HTC to throw them a bone.

it's truly sad that sanyo sold their phone division to kyocera. a sanyo smartphone would probably win highest marks for quality, finish, ease, and durability.

RE: What is up with T-Mobile
By shadowofthesun on 6/21/2010 2:46:18 PM , Rating: 3
Nexus One? Was the android flagship until recently with the Incredible.

By Mojo the Monkey on 6/21/2010 6:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing notable with a keyboard though. T-mobile is going to have to pull out something amazing to keep the G1 early adopters (like me) who's contracts expire this coming October.

In general, a lot of us (who didnt jump ship to a Nexus 1) are going to want a top tier spec'd phone WITH a keyboard. A phone like this one here would have fit the bill nicely... assuming it was made by either motorola or HTC. Samsung needs to counteract its bad no-updating PR.

samsung, no thanks
By spathotan on 6/21/2010 12:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Owned 3 Samsung phones, all trash. I'll stick with my Droid incredible and HTC.

RE: samsung, no thanks
By carniver on 6/21/2010 1:17:03 PM , Rating: 3
Don't buy Samsung Android phones. They stop releasing updates in as short as four months, since they're constantly making new phones and that's where all their resources are.

the important question is...
By EasyC on 6/21/2010 3:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
Does it require a "premium data" package?

On a serious note, I still have a couple weeks to determine whether or not I want to keep my EVO. Depending on when this is coming out, I might return it.

RE: the important question is...
By mcnabney on 6/21/2010 7:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it does, regardless of your ability to access Clearwire's network.

And Droid 2 is a different product from Droid X. Droid 2 just refines the original, kind of like how Chocolate 2 refined the original Chocolate feature phone. The Droid X has a faster processor and 720p.

no Android 2.2
By BigJim on 6/22/2010 3:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung has never updated an Android on any of their phones. Just ask me, running 1.5 on my Samsung Galaxy i7500. Hear me now, believe me later. You'll be on 2.1 forever. Samsung told me to buy a new phone. I said yes, but it won't be a Samsung. Here's more about Samsung.

RE: no Android 2.2
By FaceTheSlayer on 6/23/2010 6:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. I have Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 and Samsung released 2.1 update 4-5 months ago. I've read on forums that they plan to release an update to 2.2 froyo for this phone.

By Help Desk on 6/21/2010 10:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
It's nice to see that we have more options for mobile phones. I think Samsung and Sony Ericsson are improving with their gadgets. Good for them, but they should be thinking about developing apps for those phones just like the iphone, bb and other android phones.

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