Samsung announced a clamshell phone that has the same layout as the Blackberry 7100 keyboard at the CTIA show today. The new SGH-T719 looks like a slim, black flip phone, but open it up and you’ll find the hybrid phone/e-mail keypad.
There is a reason for the T719 to include the Suretype keyboard layout, it has been announced that the T719 will feature Blackberry Connect, the technology from RIM that allows 3rd party manufacturers to use RIM’s Blackberry push-email technology. From the looks of it, this will be a major improvement over the first US Blackberry Connect offering, the Nokia 9300. The one thing we are not sure about and may ultimately lead to the failure of this device is the very narrow screen resolution, which is huge when reading and replying to emails. Even the older Blackberry models have a larger resolution of 160 x 240 compared to the Samsung T719 resolution of 176 x 226.
The 3.5-ounce T719 also features a rotating, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, advanced voice recognition and EDGE data support. It is slated to be release this September on T-Mobile.