Samsung has just announced that it plans on launching a new messaging phone dubbed the [email protected] Also known as Samsung S3500, the device will be a low-end model with a proprietary OS and medium-level specs. The unit will use a horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard ideal for texting.

Samsunt [email protected] 350 also comes with a 2.4 inch display (240 x 320 pixels), FM radio, quad-band GSM support and a 2.1MP camera. Its battery provides 12 hours of talk time and the specs list also includes Bluetooth 2.1, a microSD card slot (8GB max) and a microUSB 2.0 port.

No price or availability were announced, but the device should become official by February.