Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G coming to T-Mobile March 21 for $150


T-Mobile on Monday firmed up launch details for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. The network should get its unique Android 2.3 phone in retail stores on March 21 for $150 on a contract. Online orders will be ready a week later, on March 28.

The hardware is considered a smaller, very slightly tuned-down version of T-Mobile's edition of the Galaxy S II. It mostly steps down to a four-inch, original Super AMOLED screen, a five-megapixel rear camera with 720p video, and a front 1.3-megapixel camera. Samsung's device still runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and can reach 42Mbps on the carrier's HSPA+ network.

We tried the Galaxy S Blaze 4G at Mobile World Congress last month and found it to be a solid, though not exceptional, design. Its primary obstacle is the small price gap on contract with the full-size Galaxy S II. While the Blaze's size is more manageable, the Galaxy S II has a better Super AMOLED Plus display and better cameras for a slight premium. T-Mobile's new phone will have its best value once discounting starts and the gap between high- and mid-range phones becomes clearer.