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More information on Galaxy S Relay 4G (previously, Galaxy S Blaze Q)

Samsung is always known for keeping long name for their devices. Samsung’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch for Sprint is one such example. The reason for this may be because of the fact that Samsung outs so many models every year that long names become essential in order to distinguish two devices. Nevertheless, most of the phones from Sammy are top notch.

Previously, a Samsung smartphone known as SGH-T699 had surfaced in leaked photos. Dubbed as Galaxy S Blaze 4G, the phone appeared to be bound towards T-Mobile. On the hardware front, taking a close look at not so blurry leaked photographs showed a handset with a 720p touchscreen that slides up in portrait mode to reveal a hardware QWERTY keyboard. Little else was known about the device’s capabilities or spec sheet. It was rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, although finer details about whether it was S3 or S4 inside wasn’t known. It was also anticipated to boot Android 4.0.4 out of the box. The device was expected to launch on 15th of August, but that date has come and gone without a release. In the meantime, the tales of Galaxy S Blaze 4G is not over yet and new details have emerged.

New internal T-Mobile documents of the QWERTY slider that surfaced last week gave out a bit more vision on the handset as well as a new name. The Galaxy S Blaze Q has been given a nicer name and it will be seemingly called as Galaxy S Relay 4G henceforth. Just after the leak of carrier documentation, the manufacturer, Samsung, un-officially announced the existence of device by posting it on their site. Of course, they published the page by mistake and for those who are excited and want to take a first hand look at the page, it was unfortunately taken down soon after it was published. Nevertheless, many quick people out there have saved the page and have noted down all unknown details and pictures.

The Relay will be powered by a 1.5 GHz processor that is presumed to be a Snapdragon S4 chip set, a 4 inch 720p display, Samsung’s S-Voice feature, HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G data speeds, Android version 4.0, NFC capabilities, Hotspot capable up to 8 devices and 50 GB of Dropbox storage. Early reports suggested that the QWERTY slider phone will feature a 5 mega pixel camera, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. Going by the specs, it sounds like a Galaxy S III with a nice little QWERTY slider.

There’s no much info as to when this device will be launched, but looking at the preparation of manufacturer and carrier, it’s going to be launched pretty soon. As far as the price tag is questioned, rumors suggest it to be budget friendly device in the market. We would love to hear from you, so sound off in the comments by sharing your thoughts on this new QWERTY phone with us.

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  1. Jeremy, I don’t know if you are currently holding on to your g2 because of it being a straight android phone. But I have never been truly happy with anything else. In my opinion, if you don’t want to roll the dice by rooting and putting a rom on your phone, you should go with a galaxy nexus. I’ve tried others including the galaxy s2 and s3, and still nothing compares to a straight android phone without another ui floating on top of it.
    I’m not saying by any means that other phones arent fast or nice (everyone has their preference), just saying I had the g1 and g2 and wasn’t truly happy with any other phone I tried except the galaxy nexus.

    I will say though I miss my physical keyboard and I’m still very interested in the galaxy relay, since you never really know till you try.

  2. I am disappointed this was not released yet. Since HTC isn’t making a G3 (qwerty) phone to follow the G1 and G2 I own, I was looking forward for this to be my replacement phone. I am still not sure if I want to go with this phone or go ahead and break down and get the Galaxy S III instead. I think the Galaxy S III is more powerful, but there is something about having an actual qwerty keyboard that I like.

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