Samsung Galaxy M Pro Targets High End RIM Blackberry

Samsung is set to unleash two new smartphones equipped with QWERTY keyboards in what looks like a deliberate attempt to take some business away from Research In Motion and its Blackberry range.

The first of these handsets is the Galaxy M Pro which comes with a 2.66-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen and an optical trackpad. The fact that it comes with a 1GHz SoC (possibly an Exynos model) means that RIM appears to be targeting the upper segment of the market.

The Galaxy M Pro also comes with 512MB RAM, a five megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, offers HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Not surprisingly, the M Pro is quite thin with a thickness of just under 10mm, and could provide those looking for a Blackberry like form factor with Android, with an elegant option.

Samsung also says that it will be compatible out of the box with a number of enterprise solutions on the market including Microsoft Exchange Active Sync, Sybase Afaria, CISCO Mobile and CISCO WebEx.

Samsung has yet to confirm the price of the M Pro and its availability globally. More details will be given at the forthcoming IFA event in Berlin next week.