T-Mobile and Samsung have announced at CES the Galaxy Blaze 4G, a slab smartphone with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor and HSPA+ 42 data speeds.
We're big fans of HSPA+ 42; even if it's not "next-generation 4G" in a technical sense the way LTE is, real-world speeds tend to match up nicely in both cases, even if LTE is still faster in ideal conditions. Both are blazing fast as far as we're concerned.
T-Mobile is also referring to the Snapdragon S3 as "dual CPUs" now, as in a pair of CPUs. That's marketing-speak. It's a single CPU with two cores, just like you find in every other recent high-end smartphone. The S3 should prove fast, though, which is all that really matters. It's already in existing devices like the current Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile, as well as the HTC Rezound on Verizon Wireless and HTC Vivid on AT&T.
Otherwise, the Galaxy Blaze 4G appears pulled straight from the Galaxy S II lineup, with a Super AMOLED screen, four capacitive function buttons below, and a nicely rounded design (albeit with a few tweaks). It's still probably all-plastic, save for the glass screen. free iphone games
Scant other details are available, other than a promise that the Blaze 4G will be available sometime in the first half of this year. So what's different about the Blaze 4G? We're not entirely sure yet. The existing Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile even employs the same Snapdragon S3 processor. Other Galaxy S II devices are equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos chip, which has a slower clock speed but is no slouch otherwise. The Galaxy S II is also our current Editors' Choice for a touch screen smartphone on T-Mobile.
T-Mobile and Samsung didn't even say if the Blaze 4G would get Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) out of the box. Thanks for leaving us hanging, guys.