iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Is Cheaper Galaxy S2 Variant

When we first came to know about the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, the first thing we noticed was that it came with a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, almost certainly the MSM8260, the same chipset as the Xperia S.

But the rest of the smartphone - which was announced at CES earlier this year - is squarely taken from the two-year-old Galaxy S. There's a five megapixel camera that can record HD videos, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one, a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microUSB port, DLNA compatibility, GPS and HSPA+42.

T-Mobile has also thrown in a few preloaded apps including T-Mobile TV, a customised version of Yelp, T-Mobile 4GPro App Pack that includes Linkedin, Dropbox and Tripit. The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and should be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it appears.

The phone is expected to be showcased at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, and will go on sale in the US on T-Mobile before the end of next month for $149.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and on a two year contract.