Samsung Galaxy Y Available in India, Priced at $145

Gingerbread and HSDPA support are among its strong points

Officially unveiled last week, Samsung Galaxy Y is now available for purchase in India for only Rs 7,130 (about $145 or 108 EUR).

Although the phone's initial suggested retail price was slightly higher at Rs 7,830 (about $160 or 118 EUR), Indian retailer Flipkart decided to offer the Galaxy Y cheaper than expected.

Samsung Galaxy Y was unveiled back in August along with other three smartphones, Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y Pro, which have yet to be introduced in India.

The affordable Galaxy Y is delivered with the latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system and TouchWiz user interface on top for quicker access to apps and widgets.

Unlike the upcoming Galaxy Y Pro that comes with full portrait QWERTY keyboard, the Galaxy Y offers users a virtual keyboard powered by Swype.

The smartphone was positioned by the manufacturer in the mid-tier smartphone category, but in a world of dual-core phones, Samsung Galaxy Y is just an entry-level device, which should be priced accordingly.

Even though it does not offer great performance, at this price Galaxy Y is a great deal for customers who want to try out Google's Android platform for the first time.

Galaxy Y comes a 3.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 262k colors support and 240 x 320 pixels resolution, along with touch sensitive controls and multi-touch input method.

Given the phone's low internal memory (160 MB user available), an additional memory card needs to be acquired, as the device supports microSD cards for memory expansion up to 32GB.

Furthermore, the handset is equipped with an 832 MHz processor, which should be enough for Gingerbread, as well as most compatible third-party apps that can be downloaded via Android Market.

Other highlights of the phone include: HDSPA (7.2Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and HS connectivity and built-in GPS receiver.

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