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Last Updated: September 12th, 2012

At the beginning of August, we heard about a Samsung device heading for T-Mobile that was then called the Galaxy S Blaze Q. The name later changed to Galaxy S Relay 4G, and now it's official.

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T-Mobile just announced this QWERTY-packing handset for its HSPA+ 42 network, and it appears to be a fairly solid mid-range device:

  • 4" Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • slide-out QWERTY
  • SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise)
  • Android 4.0

Neither pricing nor availability is available at this time, only that it will be available online and at T-Mobile retail locations "in the coming weeks."

Update: T-Mo just released official pricing and availability. The Relay 4G will be available beginning September 19th for $150 with a two-year agreement.

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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 S4 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 (1280x720) 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

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • yarrellray

    The quiet before the storm of devices coming to Tmobile. Next should be the Htc One X + on or after September26th. Then that will be followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 i believe sometime between October 26th and November 14th. Then Tmobile will be the New Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 which will be brought through the Google play store in November . Great way to end the year with the Htc One X +, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Nexus 2. Plus with unlimited data available as of today it's a great time on Tmobile.

  • CeluGeek

    From those press shots the keyboard looks as awful as the one on the Captivate Glide. I've been waiting for this phone but now I'm leaning more towards the Photon Q.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    I'm actually saddened by this because it all but confirms there won't be a G3, if one were coming it would be next month and there's no way TMO would release two new QWERTY phones a month apart.

    • fixxmyhead

      same comment on the other blog -__-

      • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

        Well same sentiment but not the same comment, I actually check about 10 different Android related sites every day. Not sure why it would matter in any case.

        • fixxmyhead

          i know, was just saying :P. u should get tone it down alittle though sometimes it wastes too much time. good thing i been banned from a couple sites cuz it was taking too much of my time.

  • Dannyjayfuller

    No contender to my aging Sidekick, unfortunately. When will true power users have their dream device?

    • SamsaraGuru

      Imagine a screen the size of the Galaxy SIII; the power of the Galaxy Note 2 and a killer QWERTY keyboard plus a battery able to power it all the live long day!

      NOW that would be something I'd pay a pretty penny for!

      When is someone going to realize that on screen typing may be okay for those who don't have a great affinity for spelling, nor recipients who would know the difference even if they did use proper grammar, but some of us do!
      So it would be a bit thicker than the "sexy beasts", but just imagine the real life flexibility and power it would give you if you could use it - instead of a laptop - without driving you crazy.

  • Chris

    Why do they keep releasing semi okay mid range QWERTY phones, when is the G3 coming out??????

  • http://www.facebook.com/ctheofilaktos Christopher Chris Theofilaktos

    Why do they keep releasing semi okay mid range QWERTY phones, when is the G3 coming out??????

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks like it's an S4 in here, not an S3.