T-Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G – Ice Cream Sandwich, Dual-Core Processor, Full 5-Row QWERTY Keyboard

Previously leaked as the Samsung Galaxy Blaze Q, it looks like T-mobile is now finally ready to take the wraps off their latest 4G device running on their 42Mbps+ network, with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. The device features everything you would expect form a mid-ranged device, only this guy comes with a sliding full 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

As for the rest of the specs, there is a 4-inch 800×480 SAMOLED display with 1.3MP front facing cam on the front, 5MP camera on the rear, and inside you’ll find a 1.5GHz dual-core S3 processor, 1GB of RAM, all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

A specific release date or pricing wasn’t given, but you can look forward to the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G arriving sometime in the coming weeks to a T-Mobile store near you. The world could always use more Android QWERTY’s. Full press release below.

T-Mobile Continues to Expand Popular Samsung Galaxy Lineup With the

Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G

Exclusive to T-Mobile, the Android-powered Galaxy S Relay 4G offers another choice for customers who want to stay connected no matter where their job or life takes them

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 6, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., the No. 1 mobile operator brand in Samsung Galaxy S sales, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S® Relay 4G — a T-Mobile® exclusive and the newest smartphone to join T-Mobile’s popular Galaxy S® portfolio. Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy S Relay 4G leverages T-Mobile’s fast 4G (HSPA+ 42) network, allowing consumers to quickly and efficiently balance business productivity with entertainment and play on one device.

 

The Galaxy S Relay 4G is also a SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise)-designated device that offers a full portfolio of enterprise-ready features and capabilities. Samsung SAFE offers comprehensive IT Policy support for top-tier mobile device management (MDM) solutions, on-device AES-256 bit encryption, and enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®, as well as integrated support for a range of virtual private network solutions. The Galaxy S Relay 4G also boasts a full 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 1.5-GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon S3 processor that enables business customers to accurately and quickly view and edit documents and share files instantly. The smartphone also features Wi-Fi Calling and support for Smartphone Mobile HotSpot for up to five devices with a qualifying rate plan.

 

“Consumers are increasingly looking for a powerful device that makes it easy to integrate their busy work and personal lives,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The Galaxy S Relay 4G is the perfect addition to T-Mobile’s popular Galaxy smartphone lineup, providing our customers with a reliable and business-centric Android experience — and the easy access to entertainment for which Galaxy devices are known.”

 

In addition to its business features, the Galaxy S Relay 4G makes it easy to enjoy entertainment on its 4-inch, Super AMOLED screen. The new smartphone includes a number of compelling features, such as T-Mobile TV in mobile HD2 for watching live TV programming, Samsung Media Hub for renting and buying the latest movies and TV shows, and Google Play Music for streaming and purchasing music. The Galaxy S Relay 4G also makes capturing photos and HD videos a breeze with its 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 720p HD camcorder (1280×720) resolution.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers, and online via www.T-Mobile.com in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.T-Mobile.com.

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  • ari_free

    That could replace my MT4G slide. Samsung is still there for keyboards, unlike HTC.

    • Matthew Merrick

      funnily enough, the MT4G Slide has the same CPU, higher PPI (same resolution on a smaller screen), and a better rear camera. o_O

      only place this wins in screen size (only be a little – 0.3″), ram (only by a little – 256 MB) and OS (android 4.0 vs 2.3)

      • ari_free

        yeah hardly any improvement in such a long time.

      • UMA_Fan

        One BIG difference you’re forgetting is HSPA+ 42. The 4G slide was only a 14mbps modem. If you’re in a ’42′ area you’ll see a huge speed bump.

  • http://claimid.com/155/ 155

    Samsung phone earns Samsung Approved For Enterprise certification. The judges must have been tough!

  • Matthew Merrick

    so…. NFC? video out?

  • http://twitter.com/hesalrightpunk He’s Alright

    I wish the title of this article was the official name of the phone.

    • UMA_Fan

      LOL

  • Fuzzypaw

    I’m not personally interested in keyboard phones, but on behalf of those who are, why do they ALWAYS come with low specs? Especially the screen, they are always sub 720p.

    • ari_free

      They are harder to make and it’s much easier to focus on one model that you can sell to the entire world versus one that’s only for English users that want to use their phones for real work.

    • Larry Garfield

      Amen. I want to get a keyboard phone, but as others are saying this feels a year out of date aside from the keyboard. So, yeah, I’m torn. But this will be the only keyboard phone on T-Mobile (my carrier). So… blech. I guess I’ll wait a few more months and see if any interesting Nexuses (Nexii? Nexim?) come out by Christmas before deciding.

      I hope my Samsung Vibrant can last that long…