Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 review – 850MHz QWERTY smartphone with ICS

The Galaxy Chat B5330 a QWERTY smartphone with ICS topping was unveiled in July 2012 and is now available on for Rs. 8,499. The B5330 is a QWERTY candy bar smartphone running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) OS.

B5330 Design
Even with a QWERTY keyboard, this candy bar phone shows off an 3.0 inch capacitive touch screen. Overall the screen takes almost 75% of the front space, including the 3 dedicated touch sensitive buttons, and the rest is assigned for the keyboard.

The handset has got curvy edges and on the rear side there is the 2MP camera with speaker out along with the Samsung logo. The power button is located on the right side and volume rockers on the left. The weight is 112 grams and dimensions are 118.9 x 59.3 x 11.7mm.

Processor, Memory and OS
The Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 is powered by an 850MHz CPU and possibly with an Adreno 200 or Broadcom OPENGL GPU.  This one is loaded with Android 4.0 OS with TouchWiz UX UI; in fact there are very few QWERTY phones that run on ICS, so this is good news for QWERTY lovers. The RAM details are not confirmed but it should come with 512MB RAM as it runs on ICS. website does mention 512MB RAM. There is 4GB of internal storage space.

Display and Connectivity on Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330
The 3 inch screen  is of a good size; however the resolution is a bit disappointing. It is 320×240 pixels with 133 ppi pixel density. This is the resolution found on very low cost phones like the Micromax A50.

Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 review

For net access there is 3G connectivity – 7.2Mbps (HSDPA) / 5.76 Mbps (HSUPA), EDGE / GPRS, Wi-Fi with hotspots, micro USB (tethering), FM radio, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0. These are the standard specs that most handsets come loaded with.

QWERTY keyboard on the Samsung Chat B5330

Camera on the Samsung Chat B5330 is another big disappointment. Its 2 MP fixed focus rear facing without flash. At the most you can click images in 1600×1200 pixels resolution, which is really not so good. Disappointed? Well there is more – on the B5330 there is no front camera either.

Other features
It does support many video and audio formats, also comes with video / image editor, SNS apps pre-installed, Google services, Document viewer and access to Google play.

Chat B5330 QWERTY smartphone with ICS

A standard 1200 mAh battery is more than sufficient for this handset which will last for about 21 days on 2G and 15 days on 3G in Standby mode and you can expect a talktime of about 14 hours on 2G and up to 5 hours on 3G networks.

Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 review
The main advantage is the QWERTY keyboard with ChatON dedicated key and the ICS or Android 4.0 OS. But the screen and the camera resolution is a big setback and not to forget the missing front camera. Everything else looks good. But users who are comfortable using the QWERTY keyboard will not mind.

Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330 key features and Specifications

  • 850 MHz CPU with GPU.
  • ICS – Android 4.0.
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and MicroSD support up to 32GB.
  • Candby bar with 3 inch capacitive touchscreen with 320×240 pixels resolution and QWERTY keyboard.
  • 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3, micro USB, GPS, FM radio and java supported via Java MIDP emulator.
  • 2MP FF rear camera without flash. No front camera.
  • Sensors: Compass, Accelerometer and Proximity.
  • 1200 mAh Standard Li-ion battery.
  • Available in White and Black colours.

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{ 14 Responses }

  1. Akhilesh says

    Its a low budget featured mobile but it plays very well Andoird ICS OS. Here no need to upgrade to JB because there is a some kind of deviations during updating and phone starts hanging and consumes more RAM which is unacceptable. Overall decent buy for tight budget consumers.

  2. nirmal says

    gogi, I’ve heard galaxy chat battery sucks on Jb platform and better is to remain on ICS,Is it true?

    • leo says

      gogiji, Jb is seeding now. Earlier it was not possible to install auto call recorders on the phone(resulting sound as played very fast). If it is changed to JB will it be possible to install them.

    • yash khatri says

      A89 as it’s dual core and has 512 mb ram. chat has only 290 mb usable ram and a single core processor

  3. Stella Diamond says

    I am extremely disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Chat B-5330 Qwerty! The battery has to be charged at least twice daily and when on WhatsApp / online your airtime runs out like a river in flood… Definitely NOT a phone for the “plebs” – another thing is: my Service Provider (Virgin Mobile) would not replace it within 7 days because the box was opened by me (I mean they had it couriered to me) and they then at last told me to have the phone at East Gate Shopping Centre before 17:00 on the 7th day due to an OBF fault, which I could not comply with as I only knock off at 17:00… Now I’m sitting with a contract phone I won’t / can’t use.

  4. Wayne Anthony says

    Everything else looks good. But users who are comfortable using the QWERTY keyboard will not mind.

  5. Amit says

    Does it support conference calling and call divert features?
    Is is worth buying or Pro Duos B5512 is better for the same features, since price is same?
    I am looking to buy the better of them.

  6. Alex says

    hii Gogi, last time I bought A73, on your recommendation, didn't have a great experience though nevertheless, now am back to upgrading again my secondary handset. My requirements are Twitter, WhatsApp n ebooks, have an iPhone 4 as a primary device, which has a retina display, so display is important with nice color reproduction & overall satisfaction. Kindly suggest from Samsung Galaxy Chat, Micromax A100 or Karbonn A18, awaiting response.

    • gogi says

      Alex, these low cost phones will not match the quality of Apple iPhone as the resolution is too good.
      The A73 is 480×320 pixels and I guess you are not happy with the display quality, well after using iPhone no one will.
      The Galaxy Chat is 320×240 display will be worst that A73.
      The A100 and the A18 is with 800×480 pixels, on A100 it will look okay cause of 5 inch screen, but on A18 it will be better because of smaller screen of 4.3 inches. Overall look wise I find A100 better, but there are some issues with the handset (probably the second lot) and hence out of stock / delays.

      If you can go for the Micromax A90 which is a master piece, I have showed it to my friend who is using the iPhone and he is impressed. A90 will cost you around 13K but its worth it. Apple has a 960 × 640 retina display, the A90 has 800 x 480 pixels with AMOLED display, it is much lighter, slimmer than the iPhone. Again it will be difficult to get the A90 for now as it is out of stock, but should be available within few weeks.

  7. Chandra Kant says

    Screen resolution and Camera resolution both are very disappointing. 320×480 Screen and 5MP camera would have been a lot better, even it was priced little more.