Feb 22 AT 12:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

T-Mobile announces Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G release date, specs, and pricing

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Tonight T-Mobile announced the release date and pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G that was previously unveiled at CES last month. Starting in late March, The Galaxy S Blaze 4G will retail for $149.99 with a 2-year contract, after a $50 mail in rebate (yuck).

“The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is loaded with rich features and services to keep consumers entertained and connected virtually anywhere they want to go,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “Paired with T-Mobile’s fast 4G network and our unlimited data plans, we’re making it easy for consumers to enjoy the benefits of 4G experiences at a price they can afford.”

We thought this phone might be the successor to T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II variant, but after reviewing the specs it appears more like a Galaxy S II-lite.

Highlights of the Galaxy S Blaze 4G include:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.97-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recorder
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Support for 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps

It’s nice to see T-Mobile offer a lower priced Galaxy S II, but we don’t think they went low enough. With an in-store price of $199, most customers will just opt for the Galaxy S II at $229. It would have been nice if T-Mobile could have sold this at $149 (without the rebate) or even better at $99.

We will wait to reserve judgement until we handle this phone, but I don’t think it’s going to make an appearance on our T-Mobiel buyer’s guide unless they lower the price.

Source: T-Mobile PR

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  • MrMrMan

    Who cares???? This phone sucks!

    • Jeff Pan

      I would assume Amazonwireless would offer this for < $75 in a month's time.

      • Raptor

        and Frys for $0

    • thekaz

      I am always torn with these “low end” Android phones. On one hand, it seems like an ideal way to get Android users who don’t want to shell out for the over-hyped iPhone.. on the other hand, I don’t want people getting these cheaper phones, having a bad experience, and thinking Android in general sucks…

      • kazahani

        42 Mbps HSPA+ and 1.5 GHz dual core S3 is “low end”? I know the screen isn’t as big as some of us would like, but still…

    • jonathan3579

      Can someone please explain WTF T-Mobile and Samsung are thinking? I just don’t get it anymore…

  • spazby

    Too pricey for the specs

    • Darknight42020

      Agree

  • Max.Steel

    I’m sorry but that’s just lame.

  • Vance

    This is poor timing with so much coming down the pipe and MWC around the corner. You can get the HTC Sensation for free on tmo’s website tonight only and that would be a better phone for a better “price” IMO.
    Just get the OneX here already!

  • Gabe

    I don’t get it..?

  • nick

    Thank God! I thought this was gonna be better than the galaxy s 2. Looks like im not going to regret buying the s2.
    Hey…. Arent newer phones suppose to be better?

  • inviolable

    What the hell? I thought this was an upgraded S2. T-Mobile will Just never make the must have phones list. Those snapdragon S4 stats look ‘interesting’ though. I’ll have to look to rhe HTC Ville now.

  • Matt

    okay its just me or the back side of this phone look a bit like blackberry?

    • Raptor

      Holly sh#t, Sammy is totally out of ideas whom to copy next

  • Malik C

    I’m so done with t-mobile. I guess it’s true when they say you get what u pay for. The plans may cost more at Verizon but the phones are nice. My girl just got a Nex us for $99.

    • Vic213

      I`m agreed with you !!! that why I left T-mobile T-mobile and their Phone line-up are Lame.
      this Company is going Down

  • haters on the rockz

    I don’t mind getting this 1.5 dual core,3.97 super amoled screen,hspa+42. Its fast two way but wish it would have a bigger screen like a 4 or 4.3 inches and the camera a 8 megapixle. I don’t really care about quad core dual core is good enough for me. But I can’t upgrade until next year anyway but this phone would be a good back up phone I wonder how much phone would cost.

  • Dennis Petrospour

    garbage

  • Nathan D.

    We don’t need more cheap phones! we need more power hunger phones!

  • WlfHart

    Where’s the Galaxy Note HSPA+? C’mon Sammy/T-Mo…

  • rfgenerator

    T-Mobile has lately been raising both the on and off contract prices of their Smart Phone line up.

  • slurms mckenzie

    rehashed galaxy s 4g with dual core o_O

  • Jorge Vieira

    If this was a free phone or 50 on contest it would sell like hot cakes especially for teenagers this is the type of phone my younger sisters ,would love.

  • tmo-girl

    The Galaxy S Blaze is ideal for someone who loves the galaxy lineup, but isn’t interested in the bigger SII. Basically, in my opinion, the Blaze is a refreshed version of the original galaxy s, but with the same quality of the SII. Sure it has a 5mp camera instead of an 8MP like the SII, but I still wouldn’t underestimate the Blaze because of that. As a t-mo representative, I’m looking forward to selling this phone. It will get a lot more attention than you may think.

  • rdot

    ah t mobile get it together these phones ahhhhh

  • 5 yr. client

    I really have lost my love and respect for Tmobile. I was behind them when android first came out . Now it seems they have lost their way. Im done with this crappy company.

  • AljNtEeL1

    Can anyone tell me what size the internal memory is and whether the phone will come out unlocked and with SD microcard support?

    Thanks

  • Broadband Expert

    This is for younger users let them enjoy!