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Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

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This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy M Pro seems to illustrate very well the different categories in Samsung's new way of titling its smartphones. “M” should stand for “Mid-tier”, a level above the entry “Y”, and indeed, when compared to the Galaxy Y Pro, the Galaxy M Pro is taller, wider, and better looking. It also sports beefed up processor and rear camera, as well as adds a front-facing one. The screen resolution is higher than in the Y Pro at the same size, leading to better pixel density.

Are these upgrades enough to justify a price point in the higher bracket, or are they just granular improvements that don't bring along much differentiation? Read on our impressions from the prototype unit to find out...


Design:

We immediately have to say that the larger size of the Samsung Galaxy M Pro, compared to the Y Pro, is resonating with our big hands. The added width and length don't make the handset feel much bigger, since it is also thinner than the Y Pro, while carrying the same light weight, but they make it much more comfortable for typing.

The Samsung Galaxy M Pro is comfortable for typing - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro is comfortable for typing - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

The Samsung Galaxy M Pro is comfortable for typing


Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy M Pro with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

While our thumbs were hitting two or three keys at once looking for the right letter before, on the Samsung Galaxy M Pro, with its spacing between the larger chiclet-style domed buttons, we felt right at home firing away messages. The keyboard's layout is plain and standard, which is a welcome thing, since everything is right where you expect it to be.

The 2.6” touchscreen display is capable of displaying more colors than the one on the Galaxy Y Pro, and is also with higher 480x320 pixels of resolution, increasing pixel density, and thus making text and website details appear more distinct and easily readable.

The Samsung Galaxy M Pro comes with a 2.6” touchscreen display - QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro comes with a 2.6” touchscreen display - QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro comes with a 2.6” touchscreen display - QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

The Samsung Galaxy M Pro comes with a 2.6” touchscreen display

QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
QWERTY keyboard - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

QWERTY keyboard


The 5MP camera on the back is now being accompanied by an LED flash, and the back cover is partially made of brushed metal, which, coupled with the two-tone chassis, make for a distinguished enough outer shell, which is easy to handle. Moreover, the physical navigational buttons and  optical pad below the display are a comforting tribute to the days when we actually felt when we were pressing on something to induce an action.

Right side - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
Top side - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
Left side - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
Bottom side - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview

Right side

Top side

Left side

Bottom side


Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
Camera on the back - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
The battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
 

Camera on the back

The battery compartment



Samsung Galaxy M Pro 360-degrees View:



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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:56

1. saiki4116 (Posts: 349; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


the lack of multi touch is a pain in ass,I have a galaxy pro and i have experienced it...............This handset should come with multi touch.....

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 20:58

17. queque (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


who cares..it has trackpad though..for zooming it has dedicated button on the keyboard..doesnt really miss multitouch on small screen though..

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:14

2. nick5719 (unregistered)


Surely better than the old galaxy pro, and maybe even htc status, but no flash is a downer

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:56

3. Seidorf (unregistered)


To the reviewer, does the phone have a LED notification Light for missed calls and new messages?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:59

4. Juniioo (unregistered)


Wait, no pinch to zoom? But the HTC Chacha has pinch to zoom? This better much cheaper than the HTC Chacha

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 17:53

5. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


It looks like a Blackberry with the RIM logo crossed out and "Samsung" written in a different place, at a glance.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 09:12

6. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


spec better than HTC chacha but I think HTC interface is much better

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 08:37

7. Liouijd (unregistered)


Specs might be better than the Chacha but this phone does not even have pinch to zoom.
What unusable.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 11:34

8. convicted (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


phone is a crap!!

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 11:35

9. convicted (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


the phone is better than anybody !!

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 11:42

10. convicted (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


good !!!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 12:46

11. Samsung....NOT! (unregistered)


Considering the last 3 phones I have purchased were all Samsung and all were crap I plan to totally avoid any and all Samsung products. "The Rant" should have been called "The joke" it had several issues but the main problem was the arrogant Samsung Tech support which eventually told Sprint Corp that IF they decide to fix the issues they would notify the customer. Next the "intercept" which should have been the "Fumble" What a joke if you need to reboot the phone it takes 5-10 mins so hopefully it does not lock up and crash (as it frequently does) in an emergency as waiting 10 mins to call 911 could be the difference between life and death. Finally the "Epic" should have been called the "Error". The phone, although more dependable then the Intercept. It screws up texts and routinely destroys SD cards (also know people with the T mobile version and it does the same on that network). My Next phone (or for that matter any other electronics items) will NOT be anything with the name Samsung.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 03:40

12. Tarek le Druide (unregistered)


The HTC ChaCha has the pinch to zoom and flash...

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:49

14. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This phone is just perfect especially for journalists and writers. gone are the days of ballpoint pens and notepads. this device makes writing excellently convrnient.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:52

15. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Of course am not using it at the moment so that explains the typo error above. otherwise all would be just perfect. samsung galaxy M pro is the phone i have been dreaming about.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:54

16. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Also why complain about lack of pinching when you can use one finger to enlarge the screen? pinching requires two fingers.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 02:24

18. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


The biggest problem is that is is still not available and clear statement if it will be released at all :(. I start to feel that they released the Y PRO to check how the market will react and forgot about this one.
It is sad that there are no more Android phones with this form-factor.

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Display2.7 inches, 480 x 320 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
Size4.47 x 2.60 x 0.39 inches
(113.5 x 66 x 10 mm)
3.82 oz  (108 g)

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