Samsung held a press conference on the eve of CTIA 2009 where the company unveiled its Samsung Mondi and Samusng Instinct s30. The Samsung Propel Pro was also on display.
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Samsung Propel Pro
The Samsung Propel Pro was actually announced a couple of days before CTIA and will be available from AT&T starting April 1 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Similar to the Samsung Propel, it's a messaging-centric device but ships with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition. Other highlights include 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Adobe Flash Lite support.
The Propel Pro features a slider design and has a 2.55-inch, 320x320-pixel non-touch display. The smartphone has a very attractive silver-and-chrome finish but holds a lot of smudges and fingerprints. In its closed state, the Propel Pro has a squarish shape and measures 3.9 inches high by 2.4 inches wide by 0.6 inch deep and weighs 4.8 ounces.
We had some hands-on time with the Samsung Propel Pro and it's QWERTY keyboard was OK. The buttons were fairly large but the layout is a little cramped so users with large thumbs might have problems. The smartphone supports a number of e-mail solutions, though, including Microsoft Direct Push, POP3/IMAP4, and XpressMail, and includes instant messaging clients and threaded text messages.