T-Mobile Announces The Galaxy S Relay 4G, QWERTY Keyboard And All

T-Mobile just pulled back the curtains on the Galaxy S Relay 4G, or the device formerly known as the Galaxy Blaze Q. Name aside, the device is now officially unveiled and on the books for T-Mobile. Running on their HSPA+ 42Mbps network, the Relay 4G sports a full 5-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and more. All of this runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — unfortunately the press release doesn’t make any mention of a possible Jelly Bean update, but we’ve pinged T-Mobile for clarification.

Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s press release makes no mention of a release date or price, but we’re hearing September 19th passed around as a possibility.

“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.”

Hit the full press release below for all the details.

 

Full Press Release:

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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  • Melman

    How much you wanna bet it will launch Oct. 10th. Look at the time… 10:10am hmmm?

    • Melman

      Normally phones launch on Wed. Just a thought…

  • Polarbear

    I waited and I waited but I finally caved this past weekend and got the Galaxy S3. Glad I did. I’ll learn to get used to not having a keyboard eventually but sacrificing specs on a device I’m gonna have for 2 years just isn’t worth keeping my qwerty.

    • Spanky

      Up until we made the switch to AT&T a few weeks ago, my wife was using the G2. She was reluctant to let go of the keyboard, but wanted a top-spec phone. A couple of weeks is all it took for her to get used to the virtual keyboard.

      It seems that physical keyboards are rapidly losing market share. Sure, they have their advantages. However, I don’t think that OEMs are interested in releasing top-spec phones with physical keyboards.

      • Spanky

        We both got the GS3s, by the way.

  • randomnerd_number38

    And there ya have it. S3 processor, 800×480 screen. Shame on whoever told David it had a S4 and 720p screen.

    • Guest

      Everyone thought that was the case also until a few weeks ago. Now it’s a confirmed p.o.s. :( Hardly an upgrade from a MT4GS. F*ck this sh!t… no one cares about QWERTYs anymore. Those freakin’ Droids on the Red Devil are looking tempting if this same pattern continues here, unfortuately.

    • ggg

      Quite a few bloggers thought this as well. Maybe David started the rumor lol! We should demand an apology from him! Hahahhahaha!

  • Joe333x

    Fail. Wanted this phone so bad but an S3? Really? If it had an S4 chip i would spring for it but with the note 2 possibly heading to tmobile with a quad core chip i think ill wait. I hate how qwertys keep getting last years tech such a shame that android phones have lost thier g1 roots.

  • Erica Rodriguez

    finally more info on this!

  • Noor Mahmoud

    Ouch, this phone just died. It is almost the same as the old mytouch 4g slide that came out many years ago…

    • ggg

      Exactly!

    • h_f_m

      Many years ago? It came out 13 months ago… 1GB RAM and ICS isn’t a bad deal if you like QWERTY. My wife will be all over it.

      • Geek Man

        You’re a bad husband by giving your wife such junk.

        • ggg

          Mahahahhahahaha! His wife is all over my junk ;)

        • h_f_m

          She chooses her own phones, she likes physical keyboards.

        • Bmg1001

          haha lol

      • Dutchgirl

        Talking about the HTC mytouch, not the LG…

  • Sigewulf

    It’s a Samsung Galaxy Blaze with a keyboard and ICS. Specs are pretty much exact.

  • ggg

    What a joke! Hardly any different from the ancient MT4GS! Crap like this are the reasons QWERTYs hardly sell. No one wants a phone with 2 year old specs!

    • NotaG1

      I love the terminology…”No one”…I don’t think that manufacturers work on such a product if there wasn’t a demand. My 18 year old son just loves having a keyboard…and it shows as he keeps moving past the 18k text message range each month – on top of Twitter and Facebook.

  • Andy Richardson

    Interested in seeing how the price compares to the MyTouch Q…  my kids love QWERTY, so it’s just about one or the other.

    • ggg

      Might as well cause this is what this ended up being… a child’s phone! And yes… I am angry lol!

  • RotaryP7

    It should release on 9/21. I’m sure this will stop the iPhone bleeding. ;)

  • Jello

    So disappointed in TMo and Samsung right now.. We need a slider with S III specs or better not a slightly better MT 4g slide with a weaker camera. I’m thinking Photon Q will have to hold me up for now.

  • Anonymous

    talk about disappointing

    they could have gone all out and basically make a SIII slider.. but this? wtf

  • JRi0T68t68

    This is nearly the same specs as my GS2, but qwerty. For those who always feel the need for the latest and greatest, this may be a let down, but will make a great replacement for my wife’s HTC G2.

  • Dko3tgk

    I’m most disappointed by the screen resolution.  The 720p screen would have been nice, maybe in a 4.2″ or 4.3″. The S3 instead of S4 is less important as I would think the real world performance gains for everyday usage would be minimal.   
    As much as I want a qwerty, I also want to upgrade my specs from my G2 more.  In a phone that isn’t huge. The reason I don’t want a GS3 is that its so big I need two hands to use it.  
    So it’s either this phone or ideally a international GS2 sized phone with GS3 specs (minus large screen of course)
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a phone that has a small body with a 4.2-4.3 inch screen, and latest processor, RAM, etc?  Or is my best option this Relay?

    • Mattbailey1982

      One S

    • loueradun

      The major benefit of the S4 comes in battery life (although it still performs better too).

    • Mlynch01

      HTC One S is the phone the size you need.

  • ransack

    I like it. So does this have a 4inch screen? I didn’t see it in the post above. Sorry if I missed it.

    • jaZzyjeff

      Yes it does have a 4 inch screen.

      But what about a microSD slot for expandable memory?

      • ransack

        Thanks. I think the sd card slot was covered in another post. Well I looked and can’t find it. This thing better have an sd card slot

        • TMOsince2003

          Yah, Sd, that’ll be the deal breaker if it’s missing. Was thinking of getting a MT4GS cheap on ebay, not that much of a spec hound. But just bought other family member a GS3 so now I need an ICS pbone to provide tech support, lol. Keyboards aren’t just for older women, the younger ones in this family require them and only 50% want a smartphone.

        • ransack

          Android 4.0 (ICS)
          4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, (480 x 800)
          Slide out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
          1.5-GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ S3 processor
          GPU: Adreno 220
          1GB RAM
          4GB storage
          Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
          3.5mm headphone jack
          Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
          Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP
          NFC enabled
          Micro-USB
          5MP camera w/ AF and LED flash
          1.3MP front shooter
          720p HD Video recording (1280×720) resolution

  • Smanzano89

    T-Mobile is not going to buy a bunch of phones that don’t have a very big market. Believe it out not but most people don’t use the keyboard on the phone. Trust me I work for T-Mobile, that don’t sell. Old people get the slider phones. But this goes without saying you’re getting a galaxy s blaze with a keyboard which I’m my opinion is in the top 5 line up for T-Mobile. Gs3 being the best and no one needs a keyboard with Swype technology.

    • Joe333x

      Lol swype? Type a long important email with swype. Theres a reason people still buy blackberry, people want keyboards. There isnt a large market for them because NO ONE has released one worth getting since the G2. If this phone had galaxy s3 specs it would be a hit.

      • ransack

        The keyboard helps out with playing games on a emulator

        • Asdf

          Buy a vita screw angry birds

        • ransack

          I said emulator games. How could you play angry birds on a keyboard lol

        • Bmg1001

          The PSP has Angry Birds…..using the buttons. It’s possible.

    • ransack

      I don’t like swype. I like to spell my words on my own.

    • loueradun

      This phone is the perfect example why people don’t buy them… A lower MP camera, a generation old processor, and a smaller, lower resolution screen.

      Give us a 4.3″ screen, 8MP+ camera, and an S4 and they will sell quick. Don’t know why anyone would buy a new phone made with last years tech…

  • Asdf

    Bad camera effects my personal life

  • AnthonyRyan89

    Pass

  • Chris Fisher

    This is disappointing to me.  My HTC G2 has a dead screen as of a few weeks ago and I have been impatiently awaiting details on the Relay phone.  I really needed the camera to be up to par and the S4 chip would have been my preference.  I am currently using my wife’s old LG G2x (she moved on to the Galaxy SIII) and I really can’t stand to be without my keyboard.  Swype is great for me but on long emails I just want to throw the phone.  I’ll wait to see how the camera stacks up.  

  • darrellx

    ah my next phone. Good bye slow Sidekick. 

  • loueradun

    Why does this have an S3 processor? My wife would have bought one, but now its back to the waiting game.

    • TMOTECH

      It has an S4. The press release was wrong.

      • loueradun

        I hope your right but all the reports I have found say its an S3…

        • TMOTECH

          Well now it looks like I was wrong. They changed the internal posting on our intranet site to say S3. Sorry guys, you may be stuck with the S3. 

    • Anonymous

       why does your wife want a s4 processor? even if it has an s4 processor, you’ll find something else to complain about and not buy it anyways

      • loueradun

        My wife doesn’t “want” an S4 processor, she wants a new phone with the best specs possible. The S3 is the same chip I have in my Sensation which is now over a year old. I’m sure you would want the best possible specs in a new phone you are spending more than $500 for…

  • HTC G2

    my HTC G2 is almost same size as Relay 4G… little dispointment for me…  4 inches?..  that .03 inches extra from G2….  42HSPA+ is nice… 1.5Ghz speed vs 800mhz… almost double…   front camera.. interesting…  5 row keyboard… better than G2…   but no shortcut button :(   i think, i might buy this Relay 4G… 

  • TMOTECH

    The Press release is wrong. From Our internal website:

    “And with the full 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, business customers can accurately and quickly edit and view documents and share files instantly. And with access to Wi-Fi Calling and Smartphone Mobile HotSpot, T-Mobile customers can stay connected even while on the go.”

    I don’t know which one is correct but I would hope the internal website and email I got this morning is more accurate. I think the press release is a typo…

  • fsured

    The target audience for this may not be the person who needs sgIII specs with a slider.  Typing a long email on a cell phone is horrible anyway.

    IMO, Tmobile has a strong offering of service now but they are taking a pounding with the handsets.  Verizon has smooth looking and running Moto/HTC/Lg phones, ATT gets higher end Moto/Nokia/HTC/Sony phones, Tmo gets the watered down half full crap models. Those Nokia phones released yesterday look very appealing but again Tmo is set to take the lower end model.  Isn’t the One S the lower end of the HTC One series? 

    I recently renewed my service and actually picked up an sgII because I liked the form factor and feel of it in my hand over anything they were offering that had newer specs (and it did what I would need it to do).  I would have liked a choice of something other than Samsung or HTC.  They flooded their shelves with enough everyday phones for people who just want a smart phone but hurting those who want options beyond mid-level devices.

    • Bmg1001

      The lower end of the One Series is actually the HTC One V.

  • TmoPimp

    Yay!!! Another Android…. but with a Slider “dun, dun, dunnnn”
     

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    This makes it all but official that there will not be a G3, if one was coming it would be next month and it’s highly unlikely that TMO would be offering two different brand new slider phones a month apart.

    • B_Eng

       Yup.  Having a hard time figuring out whether I want to replace the G2 with this moderate upgrade or make the jump over to a all-touch phone with better specs.  May have to wait a bit longer to see what comes down the pipe

      • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

         When I had my G1 I was a die hard “keyboard or nothing” person, the generally crappy keyboard on the G2 cured me of that, though I still don’t think I could survive without Swype.

        At least this one has a full (5 row) keyboard which is better than the G2 but I’d have to use it to see if it’s decent to actually use.

  • LOV3BAS3DCUBANO

    T-mobile needs another slider, with a shorter name please lol, but for real they need to stop the tomfoolery and unleash the a better Sidekick 4G made by HTC or tell us when to expect a Sidekick LTE

    • Deceptivesmiles

      Either that or bring Sharp back into the picture since the manufactured the sidekicks we all knew from a quality perspective

      • LOV3BAS3DCUBANO

        Agreed

  • Jhasty48

    i still have a cliq xt while my dad just got himself a shiny new s3 on my upgrade. its not even rooted. it sucks, no new apps. can’t run any new software. I’m still on android 1.6 while all of you people are having fun with your jelly bean and ice cream sandwich. just because a phone isn’t released with quite the newest version doesn’t mean its not functional.

  • ASUDave

    This is perfect for my wife.  She’s still rocking a MyTouch 3G Slide and its on its last legs.  She’s not a spec hound like her husband (obviously), but she wants that slider.  This will be a great upgrade for her for the next 2-3 years.

  • Deceptivesmiles

    About time. My wife has been pestering me about a new phone. If it drops this month, I’ll get it for her for her bday in October. She isn’t ready to go full touch screen yet and this right up her alley. Decent specs and new.lol. 

    Disappointed that there won’t be a G3 though. HTC is losing me as a customer w/ the half offerings w/ their phones. There is still a market for QWERTY phones

    • Android!!

      no their isn’t a market for QWERTY phones. especially high end phones.

      • ransack

        I want a high end qwerty along with a lot of others so how is there no market for them

  • Hesster

    THE PRESS RELEASE IS WRONG!

    Check out Samsung’s official specs on the Relay 4G here:

    http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-T699DABTMB-specs

    Note it lists the CPU as an MSM8260A. This is an S4 CPU, the same one used in the Padfone and One S.

    http://www.qualcomm.com/chipsets/snapdragon

    • Normn3116

      I saw that too.  If it is indeed an S4, this may very well be worth it.  The screen resolution is a bit disappointing, but I really like the full keyboard for work.  Any idea how much RAM it’s supposed to have?

      • Hesster

        According to one of Samsung’s support FAQs, the phone has 750 MB of RAM available to the user. That would make it around 1 GB total.

        Provided it does have an S4, I’ll probably pick one up and replace my Droid 3.

      • Chris Fisher

        I know different things are important to different people and as much as I’d love to have this for the S4 processor (that does indeed show as the MSM820A (the A showing the difference between the S3 and S4)), the sub par camera makes it unattractive to me.  I know megapixels aren’t everything and this is an “Enterprise” phone used for business but I am hoping my lack of camera knowledge means I just don’t understand that this really could have a decent one.  

    • Joe333x

       Good find! put my interest back into this phone, I know we may have a quad core note coming but idk id really like to get back to having a querty, im hoping they both release about the same time so i can see if it will be possible to do one handed typing on the note 2

    • needgoodqwerty

      Thanks for the great find! David, is it possible to get followup on this? Thanks for all you do!

      • http://tmonews.com David

        I just posted it in the most recent story with the Jelly Bean comment from T-Mobile.

    • LOYAL

      not all one s has s4, there was twice as many s3 chipsets being shipped out where the one s and chip manufacturer could not match supply and demand. google  one s  s3 or s4, to confirm which chipsets you have inside your phone. honestly, the this new release kinda looks cheap, and only a 5 m camera, i would expect for the camera to increase in technology not take a step back. so its another low cost mid entry device. or i’m just a phone snob.

  • ZED

    i owned a G1, G2, and mytouch 4G slide, im still debating between an S3 or this phone

  • None

    Why is the notification stiff still green.  I like the electric blue of the Nexus.  I was hoping others would follow.

  • Therealmikebrown

    The camera on a phone is as important as LTE vs. Hspa+. Do I need 30mbs internet on my phone, no. Email, web browsing and video streaming works fine on hspa+. I’ll take LTE, it’s not something I would pay more or wait for.
    Your crappy phone pics will just have more pixels. Phone cameras still don’t compete with my Sony point and shoot I bought 4 years ago. Phone cameras suck, even at 8 or 12 mp.

    • Erica Rodriguez

       when is the G3 coming out?

  • JB

    I hope the G3 is better than this.  I want a 5 inch screen, qwerty keyboard, 2ghz quad core processor, 8 mp camera and 2 mp front facing camera, LTE compatible.  Make it happen.

  • ransack

    Android 4.0 (ICS)
    4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, (480 x 800)
    Slide out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
    1.5-GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ S3 processor
    GPU: Adreno 220
    1GB RAM
    4GB storage
    Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
    3.5mm headphone jack
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
    Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP
    NFC enabled
    Micro-USB
    5MP camera w/ AF and LED flash
    1.3MP front shooter
    720p HD Video recording (1280×720) resolution.
    It does have an sd card slot

  • WirelessRefugee

    I guess some people have not been following the evolution and development of handsets.

    Each year fewer and fewer people are using slider keyboards. Yes, there’s still millions of them out there, but they are on the decline as they convert to touchscreen devices.

    Sorry to put it this way, but sliders are for “old folks” and the “uncool.”

    Think about it, if people wanted phones with keyboards you know Apple would come out with one. :)

    Lastly, in terms of specs, the people using physical keyboards are not a demanding lot. When you mention spec they respond “where?!” and start brushing a cheek.

  • fsured

     I see s3 in the press release.  how did someone here not want you to get the phone?

  • thetrix322@gmail.com

    the press release from Tmobile itself and not the one that is copy and pasted here, says its an s4 processor. the one here has been edited..

  • thetrix322@gmail.com

    nevermind reading 2 different press releases. someone at Tmobile made a mistake. there is another release saying it has s4 processor… sorry about that

  • http://tmonews.com David

    I have both press releases from Samsung and T-Mobile, both say S3 on my end.