Unveiled back in August, Samsung Galaxy M Pro is finally available for pre-order in the UK. Although no carrier is offering the smartphone yet, customers who prefer Android over BlackBerry 7 can order the device via third party retailer TheOrder.
For the time being, the unlocked and SIM free Galaxy M Pro is priced at £340 (530 USD or 400 EUR), but it may go for a lot less as soon as an UK-based operator will start offering it.
Just like the standard BlackBerry bar smartphones, the Galaxy M Pro comes with a portrait QWERTY keyboard. However, the device is delivered with a touchscreen as well, which means that users will be able to experience both worlds.
The Galaxy M Pro features a 2.66-inch capacitive touchscreen display with support for 480 x 320 pixels resolution and 16 million colors. There’s also an optical trackpad, a bit similar to those embedded within BlackBerry smartphones.
The smartphone is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with TouchWiz user interface on top.
No word on any possible upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future, though Samsung confirmed it will start delivering the Android 4.0 update to its high end Galaxy smartphones in early 2012.
Furthermore, the Galaxy M Pro is pre-loaded with multiple SNS apps, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as support for Adobe Flash.
Other apps pre-installed on the smartphone include: document viewer and editor, image viewer and editor, organizer and Google suite of apps and services (Google Maps, Search, Gmail, YouTube and Google Talk).
Hardware-wise, the handset is equipped with a standard single core processor clocked at 1GHz, and packs microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
Samsung Galaxy M Pro sports dual cameras, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus, as well as a VGA front-facing camera for video calls.