There has been a great deal of speculation behind the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (formerly known as the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q). The QWERTY-enabled handset was first rumored to debut last month, but now it appears we finally have an official release date, or at least a launch time frame.
The Korean tech firm announced today that the Galaxy S Relay will appear on T-Mobile's network sometime over the coming weeks. Samsung also announced that T-Mobile will initially have exclusive rights to the new handset; which makes sense for the pair as T-Mobile is the number one brand operator in Samsung Galaxy S sales.
A Closer Look
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will sport the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, a 4-inch super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution, a 5-megapixel camera in the rear and a 1.3-megapizel camera in the front. The handset will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, and will offer 4G HSPA+ and Wi-Fi calling supporting up to five devices by acting as a mobile hotspot (pending your data plan). Of course the handset will also support its full 5-row QWERTY keyboard.
The Relay 4G is also a Samsung SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) designated device, meaning that the device will release with a full portfolio of enterprise-ready features and capabilities. This will include a comprehensive IT Policy support for top-tier MDM solutions, an on-device AES-256 bit encryption, and enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
"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."
Consumers can expect the device to hit shelves in T-Mobile retailers and online at T-Mobile.com soon. No price has been set yet, but we can expect more information as we draw nearer to the device's launch.