T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

February 27, 2012
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Ready for yet another iteration of Samsung's original Galaxy S for a United States network? Ready or not, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G is headed to T-Mobile next month. And as one of the only handsets at Mobile World Congress that's being shown specifically for an American carrier, it's got a certain amount of novelty attached to it. The Blaze is a modest update to the original that puts it well above the more pedestrian Galaxy S, but not so far as to warrant the bump up to the Galaxy S II.

The primary difference is a 1.5ghz dual-core Qualcomm processor, putting the Blaze in the same speed category as some of the flagship phones  on T-Mobile. The rest of the specs are closer to the original Galaxy S, including the 4.0-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED screen, 5MP camera (with VGA front-facing camera) and Android 2.3.6 with TouchWiz. The "4G" moniker on T-Mobile implies an HSPA+ connection, since they're at least a year away from implementing true 4G LTE.

The fit and finish isn't the highest out there, but then, neither is the price. When the Galaxy S Blaze 4G launches in March it'll be $149.99 on-contract, pretty much perfectly bisecting the high-end and mid-tier. One consideration that'll be important for constant media swappers is an easily-accessible MicroSD cars lot mounted on the side of the phone, so you can avoid popping off the back cover all the time. Other might not even need to worry with the card, since it includes 16GB of internal storage.

It'll be tough to match the HTC One S when it arrives on T-Mobile sometime in the next few months - the stylish phone just about swept the tech press when it was unveiled last night. That said, it's likely to be at least $200, and T-Mobile is all about the low-cost option. We'll make sure to get an in-depth review of the phone when it finally debuts in the States. Until then, scoot on over to our Mobile World Congress portal to see the latest from Barcelona.


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  • Chel

    oh my…i miss my Galaxy S4G..somebody took it from my bag..

  • Big_yellow_bus

    I think its an upper tier phone. It has 16 gigs of internal memory, same dual core 1.5 processor that the galaxy s2, one s, at&ts 1x, and a bunch of other top tier smartphones run on. The super AMOLED screen is still very good. I’m sure the 5 mega pixel camera will be up graded and honestly t-mobiles 42 hspa+ network is as fast as any network out there (atleast for now). The 4″ screen will cater to people with smaller hands and probably improve on battery life over the giants that are coming out. As long as it gets ICS and has 1 gig of ram I think this phone is a winner. Honestly how many people actually think they need a quadcore processor on a phone? I have an galaxy s2 with Sprint and am blown away with the CPU on this phone. Hell even the iPhone 4s has a smooth CPU with a dualcore 800 megahertz processor. I’m just saying, a lot of this stuff I’d really unnecessary. As long as your phone its fast with a good display and up to date what more do u honestly need?

  • Kevin Kerr

    $200 isn’t “budget.”

    $200 is what I’d expect for a 720p Krait device, not some mid-range qHD phone.

    The One S should be $150 when it comes out.

  • Adam

    Tryied to find good screen protectors and accessories for the Blaze and found they are scarce yet…  Only these ones
    http://accessories-phones.com/2012/03/20/galaxy-s-blaze-accessories/

  • Bob

    My Galaxy S was stolen, so they sent me a Blaze, did I downgrade or should I ask for my Galaxy S from Asurion?