New Training Docs Correctly Identify T-Mobile’s Newest QWERTY Device

You didn’t really think we could make up a crazy name like the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G did you? I wish we had, but — we didn’t and so there it is, in all it’s QWERTY glory. So here’s what we know for sure about the device:

  • 1.5GHz processor, still no word on S3 or S4, our guess is on the latter
  • 4.0″ display
  • Running Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Mobile hotspot capable of up to 8 devices
  • Has S-Voice
  • NFC Capable
  • Same gestures as S3
  • 50GB Dropbox offer for 2 years.
  • Terrible name

With the 15th of August coming and going, still no word on any updated release date, but our ears are to the ground and we’re hoping to hear something soon. I just hope they don’t change the name to something worse.


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  • can we please stop calling Every new phone “4G”??  

    • JB

      I feel like “4G” should be implied now…

      • Jay

        odd one i hear both your points. 4G should be implied by now. but as they will inevitable
        bring out new non 4G devices for the low end market cannot assume. don’t think
        it should be in the name though. if people are too foolish to not read the spec
        and see if its 4G capable then quite frankly they shouldn’t be let out of there
        boxes let alone allowed to have a phone.

    • Mlstephanie32

      ??? It is a 4g device!

    • MarcusDW

      I was thinking the SAME dam thing!

      It seems like they are going to market this “Relay” phone as a 4G data sharing device to compete with VZW/ATT’s data sharing plans.

  • bydavidrosen

    it looks even better in this shot with the toned down touchwiz. i so want this damn phone.

    • fixxmyhead

      new touchwiz is slick

    • Ragnar

       No, you really don’t.  As bad as touchwiz is, a toned down touchwiz means UNSUPPORTED and BUGGY.  Ask any sidekick 4g what the experience was like with a modified touchwiz that remain buggy despite three service packs to fix it.  Samsung supports flagships.  The rest, hope it works right out of the box.  A modified touchwiz guarentees that it will be full of bugs.

      • bydavidrosen

        you know what, your comment would scare me away, however, i truly believe every android device that shipped on anything before ICS is a horrible mess of bugs and issues. the only devices i’ve seen that actually run good are devices that shipped with ICS or with a set date within a few months of release for ICS. i’ve had a lot of talks with friends about this and I truly believe that Android as an OS was just a big huge beta that all these manufacturers suckered us all into over the last couple years. i’ve had a g1, a g2 and now a mytouch4g slide (a warranty replacement for the g2) and hey’re all horrible haha. at best I could wipe them and have them run good for a few weeks, but every time they’d start running like crap again with bugs and issues and freeze ups and random restarts within weeks. some people will say “you’re just using it wrong” but it’s the os. pre-ICS android is a mess, regardless of skin (i’m sure whatever custom skin the sidekick was running only added to it). also, the sidekick 4g wasn’t exactly a powerhouse, even for its time. android just runs horribly on lesser hardware. it’s terrible on anything but the toppest top top of the line. that being said, once i play with one of these in person, for at least a solid hour (i’m seriously gonna set aside an afternoon to play with it in a store and i’m gonna install like dozens of apps right there in the store), i’m really hoping it will be my next phone.

  • s10shane

    i hate how the google search bar has a gap between the pull down notification bar and the search bar itself. its a waste of screen. u can see there is a gap in the picture at least.

    • Duck Dodgers

      That is a widget, so it can be moved
      around wherever you would like it or even get rid of it.

  • JB

    They couldn’t do something simple like “Galaxy Relay” – for consistency sake.. I think I would’ve preferred “Blaze Q” (As long as they kept it that short)

    • JB

      I think I’m gonna check out that phone once it finally drops…

      • RG III

        I’m not going to buy at because I hate the name. The specs are nice, but the name makes it a fail.

        • Guest911

          Yo relax. No need to flip out on him. Chill dude. You buy the phone. He won’t. Simple really. You both have a choice here. Why swear?

        • Balls

          Take a f**king chill pill all 3 of you.

    • Newmexican

      Where is the G3 ???? This time of the year 2 years ago we knew about the G2 already …..  and please let it be HTC made like the G1 and G2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • PiCASSiMO

        Agree… this should be called the T-Mobile G3.  It would be my replacement for my G2.

  • TechAce01

    Where are they getting the ideas for naming a device? Wherever of whoever it is needs to *Stop*. I didn’t think names matted until I started having co workers approach me asking me if the Samsung Galaxy any good. It took me five minutes to truly find out which phone they were talking about. 

    • Websters

      It took me 5 min to understand what you are saying with your spelling and grammar mistakes :)

      • fixxmyhead

        haha same here but i sometimes do that too where i type and i forget words

      • TechAce01

        When are people going to come to the realization that everyone is NOT a writer. I won’t apologize for making grammatical or spelling errors. I swear the Grammar police are worst than the trolls…

        • Websters

          “I swear the Grammar police are WORST than the trolls” – this doesn’t need writing skills, maybe grade school or spell check

        • Guest

          I only complain when someone’s writing is so bad that it interferes with my reading comprehension, as yours does.

  • carcomptoy

    You criticize the terrible name, and yet you DON’T hope for a name change?  I’m confused…

    In any case, once I FINALLY get the Galaxy S3/HTC One X+ and find I cannot part ways with a full keyboard (coming from a G2 and previously a Blackberry), I may just pick this phone up, which should really just be called Galaxy Slide [4G].

    • HTC G2

      before it was Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q… now recently, Samsung changed to Galaxy Relay 4G

      • carcomptoy

        I’m well aware of that fact, but that’s not what I was getting at. Before, the article had ended with, “Let’s hope they don’t change the name again,” which is contrary to what one would assume would be wanted after being panned for having a “terrible name.” Thus what we would want is another name change, like the one I had suggested, which I think you mistook as what I thought the name used to be.

        • HTC G2

          i dont care how many time they keep change name… i want THIS phone :)

    • Guest

      The article says “Let’s hope they don’t change the name to something even worse again.” (Paraphrased.)

      So either your reading comprehension sucks or this article was edited in the last 20 hours. Either way, your question is now answered. We’re all hoping for a name change to something better.

  • fixxmyhead

    LOL i like how u put “terrible name” as one of keypoints

  • HTC G2

    yay!!  finally it’s come true!!!   mystery to me… what suppose be means “SAFE Approved” ??

    • HTC G2

      hey   check it out!!!

      SAFE Approved is like what Samsung Galaxy S3 have… so.. that means, Relay 4G will have S4 snapdragon!!!!  yay!!!

      • randomnerd_number38

         As much as I REALLY want evidence that the phone will come with a S4 processor, this SAFE approved thing sounds more like software-based than hardware. Meaning, it could in theory run on either a S3 chip or S4 chip. Still, it’s a clue, so I appreciate the link. I just don’t see it as conclusive evidence like you seem to.

    • SocalTeknique

      Its means its “SAFE” from Apple litigation.

      On a serious note, Its means its government use approved.

    • Jiancarlososososo

      Samsung Approved For Enterprise.  It means it has business friendly features such as on device encryption.

  • Josue

    be thankful its not called “Telecommunication Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Relay fourth generation cell phone mobile communications standard Mobile Cellular Telephone”

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  • josh holmes

    So for a phone that might or might not exist, funny how I found a
    company selling D30 textured gel, covers for a Galaxy S Relay 4G. I am
    sure the phone is coming out, but knowing T-Mobile and the fact that
    they are doing the buy one get one free sale on their Samsung devices it
    will probably launch September 5th since the promotion is over the 4th.
    “All about the Benjamins Baby”

  • h_f_m

    I really don’t care what they name it, my wife will be clamoring for it to replace her G2 i’m sure. Me… I’m nexus only…

    • Deceptivesmiles

      Same here. My wife is ready for a G2 replacement and this is it

      • loueradun

        Lol, my wife also wants to replace her g2! But she wants a bigger screen so she is going to have to ditch the keyboard.

        • Funny I have a G2 and I’m in no rush to replace it. The only thing lacking (for my needs) is the GPS is kind of slow due to the older processor. It was a remarkable phone back in the day. I’m not crazy about all TMO branded phones currently available, including SG3 and One S. Maybe I’ll bite on the One X+. The Galaxy Nexus also unacceptable – need TMO wi-fi calling.

        • I’m not exactly in a rush to replace my G2, haha, it still works great, for the most part. Currently running an ICS ROM, and have been for months now. But sometimes it can lag, not sure if its the processor, my launcher, or the almost full capacity of my memory. Its just time, I’ve had it for over a year, and I want to keep it as a back up phone. I’m waiting for a high-end, QWERTY. I would prefer Vanilla Android, no custom UI, and all the bloatware, but I don’t see it happening, since Google seems against making a Nexus with a physical QWERTY

  • Sean W

    Without all the crapware, this would be a great phone. A CM release would fix that right up.

    • OR, you could just disable everything you don’t want since it’s running ICS.

  • nerdlust

    Duo core or single core??? I love my sensation but I miss my cliq2 keyboard for long work related emails when I’m in the field. Might at least look at this.

  • g2a5b0e

     I’ve heard this phone will have a 1280×720 display. I’m not sure if I believe this, though, because that would put its ppi at 367–the highest of any phone released to date. Anyone have any info on this?

    • randomnerd_number38

      Here are the facts that we know about the display:

      1) There is a user agent string showing this phone has a 1280×720 display. See (note that this link is from before we knew what this phone was- only that it was a phone with the model number T699)
      2) This phone has a 4-inch display. It is verifiable by looking at the dimensions of the device from the FCC documents and comparing them to press shots showing how much bezel there is. It’s probably in the training documents David saw too.
      3) Samsung has never released or talked about a 4-inch display with a 1280×720 resolution.

      So the evidence is pretty contradictory. I keep wavering between believing it’s possible and thinking the user agent string was just a typo or mistake. We can only speculate until we have more solid evidence on the specs.

      • g2a5b0e

         I hear ya. If I was a gambling man, I’d put my money on 800×480. I don’t think Samsung has ever released any phones with a qHD display & I just don’t know if they have the capability to do 1280×720 on a 4″ display. Even if they did, I doubt they would do it on a non-flagship device.

  • Stephen_P

    My favorite part is how you put a special bullet for the name. Ha ha, well done.

  • enoch861

    So this is basically a smaller Galaxy S3 with a keyboard.
    I’m actually diggin this phone. I love my S3, but a keyboard would be a welcome addition.
    Now, only if they created a 4.8 inch slider….

  • Joe333x

    please have s4 and 8mp and this will replace my G2x

    • randomnerd_number38

      The S4 is a possibility, but the camera is one of the few things we know for sure right now, and it’s 5 megapixel. Verified in FCC documents.

      In my opinion, though, that shouldn’t be a deterrence. Unless you use your phone camera for really important events that you want huge poster-sized prints of the pictures for, there’s no reason to need a 8-megapixel camera other than “I want the bigger number.” Seriously. When you look at the scaled pictures on you phone, your big screen TV, or even (most peoples’) computer monitor, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a 5 megapixel or 8 megapixel picture because on all those displays, the resolution of the pictures will be TOO HIGH to display at full resolution. Why do you need to take pictures that are that big?

      What matters is the QUALITY of the sensor, not the megapixels. I’m fairly confident that the camera on this phone will be just fine, considering we’ll dealing with Samsung here. I usually turn down the resolution to 3MP on my One S :)

      • Joe333x

        You are correct, thats why i said hopefully it has a good sensor. I know mp is just the size of the picture it can take but from what i have noticed is that an 8mp camera is going to take better 5mp pictures than a 5mp camera will but like you said its all about the sensor. Also having a good flash can make all the difference too. My G2x which has a 8mp can take great pics but the flash is crappy for taking macro pics, all you end up with is reflection from the flash but i supposed that has more to do with the sensor than the actual flash.

      • priap1sm

        Good point…but more megapixels means you can “zoom” better when cropping.  Phone cameras never have a zoom so more megapixels means you can effectively shoot stuff that’s further away.

  • Jay

    Any chance this is comming to europe…..i dont think it will. birthday comming up soon maybe blowing out the candle will help…lol. seriously someone needs to bring a decent spec qwerty over here.

  • Michael Lococo

    android Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……………………

    • I sort of agree with you, arguably a dull device. I have a G2 released Oct 2010. It looks similar, at least in the photo – the G2 is HTC and Relay is Samsung of course. The phone does have a physical keyboard, important for some folks. We’ll have to wait on the specs. Might be and exciting device.

      • Guest

        I wonder why TMo didn’t call the mytouch4gslide the G3?

  • Dion Mac

    David, ya killing me with the “Terrible Name” feature. What exactly does that feature intel?

    • Well, I believe I already explained that in the post!

      • HTC G2

        David… how did you get this leak screenshot? It’s impossible to get it… probably it’s fake or T-mobile send u on purpose? Hmmmm… :-/

        • randomnerd_number38

          No offense, but you must be new here. It’s called an employee leak- some T-Mobile employee gets a screenshot of training materials or some other piece of intel(this particular shot looks like a standard online training a call center employee or retail rep would get) and gives it to David with the promise of anonymity. It’s most certainly NOT impossible to get it, and it’s how websites like this one thrive.

        • HTC G2

          you have already respond other comments… you havent respond my comment? my comments isnt about ME… this is everyone… they want to know also…  thank you…

        • I don’t discuss how I get these screenshots, that’s a known rule around tech blogs. We don’t discuss how and where we get our leaked intel. That’s not a question I will ever answer. It isn’t about everyone actually, most everyone around here is familiar with the unspoken tech blog rule that how we get these shots isn’t a question we’ll ever answer. It’s not fake, period. Just because you can’t find this image online, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist elsewhere. I’ve never seen a million dollars, yet I know it exists.

  • Dko3tgk

    I understand that the phone’s name is comical, and it’s one of the few facts that are actually confirmed.  But I don’t care what name my phone has.  It could be called the Galaxy Piece of Crap.  as long as it is a phone with good specs that performs well, and looks nice.

    Let’s stop focusing on the name and get some more confirmed facts about the phone, like screen res., processor, and release date.

    • randomnerd_number38

       Don’t you think if there were more solid details David would’ve already shared them? Yeesh.

      • This comment…all…day…long.

  • Mrcool1234567890

    for more images of this phone please visit this link from samsung,

    • randomnerd_number38

       Nice find, thanks for the link!

  • YES, please bring on the physical QWERTY goodness. I am all about having a physical keyboard. Was thinking I was gonna have to settle for the S3. Would you classify this as a high-end device or mid-range? It coming with ICS makes me lean towards high-end, hopefully.We’ll see. I’ll keep holding on to my upgrade.5 more months and my contract will be up, free to possibly jump ship. But that probably won’t happen.

  • galaxydude

    Okay I like this device I might just have to
    Switch back to tmobile.
    What is the price with a 2 year contract.?

  • Guest

    so this is basically the s3 with a keyboard?

    • You’ll have to consider it’s a 4″ screen against a 4.8″ screen as well.

  • Guest

    I’d love one of these, I’m currently running HTC doubleshot aka MT4GS.
    What do you think the chances are of buying it on pre-pay or off contract?

  • RotaryP7

    Is it going to have 2GB of RAM like the S3 has? I think it’s good TMO releases another keyboard phone. The HTC MyTouch is already old and the new MyTouch Q doesn’t stack up to the top tier phones.

  • bydavidrosen

    I know it’s not your job, David, but please make some more news about this phone appear soon :-) (Good news, preferably). My Mytouch4gSlide reboots like 8 times a day at this point… I need a new phone so bad.

  • laphoneuser

    I’m just wondering (and I hope I’m wrong) if the delay of this launch has anything to do with the recent verdict.

  • priap1sm

    Capable of hotspotting up to 8 devices…but I presume I’ll have to pay extra for that feature now?