Samsung is expanding its popular Galaxy smartphone range and the latest addition is the Android-based Galaxy Pro. Unlike most other Android smartphones, the Galaxy Pro has a BlackBerry-style keyboard in a candy bar design.

Described by Samsung as "the perfect business partner", the Samsung Galaxy Pro is targeted at business professionals who prefer typing on a keyboard rather than a touchscreen, but would still like a touchscreen for general input. The Galaxy Pro therefore combines both a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard.

Although it has a very small display when compared to the likes of the Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung's own Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones, the Galaxy Pro has reasonable specifications. It is powered by an 800MHz processor, has a hefty 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory, and is equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. There is also a microSD card slot for extra storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Pro runs the 2.2 'Froyo' version of Google's Android operating system. Samsung hasn't stated if it will be upgradeable to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version. Gingerbread adds a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management and a slicker user interface as advantages over earlier Android versions.

Samsung hasn't announced a UK price, but the Galaxy Pro is expected to launch in Britain in the second quarter of this year, "followed by other European countries, Middle East, South East Asia and India".

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung Galaxy Pro looks like a promising addition to Samsung's popular range of smartphones. Watch this space for a full hands-on review.