There’s a lot of QWERTY slider Android phones out there if you look hard enough, but most of them are mid- to high-end, and unfortunately off-limits to the thumbs of more pragmatic text-happy consumers. Samsung is looking to fill their demand with the Transform Ultra, a low-end slider previously reserved for Boost but set for release soon on the parent network. No price is available, but given the low specifications it should be less than $100 on-contract, possibly even free.

The Transform Ultra comes with a small (for Android, at least) 3.5-inch screen pushing just 480 x 320 pixels. The 3 megapixel camera on the back is complimented by a front VGA camera, a rarity on this class of phone. The phone is a little on the chunky side at 14 millimeters thick, but that’s par for the course for Samsung sliders like the Stratosphere. A 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM should have no problem keeping up with Android Gingerbread, and access to the Android Market and other Google apps is included.
2GB of on-board storage is accompanied by as much memory as you can shove into the Transform Ultra’s MicroSD card slot, and the small phone should last a good while on a 1500 mAh battery. 3G speeds are as fast as the phone will go, but of course, you can compliment that with the A/B/G WiFi. Pricing and availability are still up in the air on this one, though given its $229.99 off-contract sticker on Boost, expect it to be very low indeed.


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