Mobile manufacturer INQ has launched the INQ Chat 3G – its first handset with a Qwerty keyboard, similar to that found on many BlackBerry mobile phones.
The INQ Chat 3G is available exclusively on Three mobile, for £99.99 on PAYG tariffs, or at least £15 per month on contract tariffs.
The handset is geared towards social networking, with integrated Facebook, Twitter and Skype applications. According to INQ, there’s a new email client with free push Gmail so new emails are automatically sent to the handset.
The phone’s software also includes an active address book, showing live status of all your contacts.
The INQ Chat 3G has a 2.4-inch 320×240 pixel resolution TFT screen, arranged in a landscape format above the Qwerty keypad.
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INQ Chat 3G camera
Additional features include HSDPA connectivity which enables the Chat 3G to be connected to a laptop or netbook for use as a 3G modem.
There’s also a 3.2Mp autofocus camera and the phone’s built-in memory can be expanded up to 8GB via the microSD card slot.
An interesting feature is a dedicated ‘Switcher’ key that is designed to easily switch between apps while multi-tasking.
Three mobile claims that the Chat 3G’s battery life is 355 hours in standby or 588 minutes of call time.
INQ Chat 3G joins LG Pop in sub-£100 price band
Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘The sub-£100 handset market is getting increasingly competitive with the recent arrival of LG’s Pop and a recent T-Mobile promotion dropping the price of the Android Pulse below £100 for the first time.
‘INQ’s addition of a full Qwerty keyboard in place of a touchscreen is an interesting one, and despite its lack of Wi-Fi, the Chat 3G is a fully-featured social networking handset that we’re looking forward to testing in our labs.’
The INQ Chat 3G is available to buy online at the 3Store now with a choice of optional red, yellow, pink and black covers.
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