In addition to the Galaxy Y Pro DUOS, Samsung announced the Galaxy Y DUOS, which replaces the former's QWERTY keyboard with a touchscreen display.
According to Samsung, both smartphones will hit shelves in January 2012 in Russia. They will be gradually rolled out to Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa and China. However, the GALAXY Y Pro DUOS won’t launch in China and Southeast Asia.
The handsets have a lot in common when it comes to software and hardware configuration, but they are aimed at different targets.
For example, customers who prefer touchscreen phones should choose the Galaxy Y DUOS, whereas those who want to be able to type faster and more accurately should go for the Galaxy Y Pro DUOS.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro DUOS has a 2.6-inch standard display, while the Galaxy Y DUOS comes with a slightly larger 3.14-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen.
Each smartphone is equipped with an 832 MHz processor and pack 4 GB ROM, 3GB RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB, 2GB memory card included).
Both handsets sport a 3-megapixel rear camera with fixed-focus, but the Galaxy Y Pro DUOS also has a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video calls.
Software-wise, the dual-SIM phones are pre-loaded with Samsung TouchWiz UI, Samsung ChatON service, Google Mobile services and Social Hub Premium.
“With the tremendous success of the Dual SIM feature phones, we are now very pleased to be introducing the first Dual SIM smartphones powered by Android. We have been actively exploring this market and are well aware of the need for Dual SIM smartphones. With the GALAXY Y DUOS and the GALAXY Y Pro DUOS, Samsung will be offering more choices for all consumers,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.