Samsung Galaxy Metrix for US Cellular has been released. Get the latest Galaxy phone with QWERTY Keyboard
US Cellular has announced a new addition to its Samsung Galaxy family. The new member’s name is Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G LTE and starting today it is available for order from the carrier’s website and will appear in stores two days later, on Friday. The price depends on the 4G LTE service coverage.
If you are in the market where the 4G LTE service from US Cellular is not active yet, the phone will cost you $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate. In the markets where 4G LTE service is already available or will be by the end of this year, the device will sell for $129 also after a $100 mail-in rebate. As far as we know, you may be required to sign a new 2-year contract and pay activation fee if you are a new customer.
Learn more about Samsung Galaxy Metrix
The Samsung Galaxy Metrix for US Cellular sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel main camera with LED flash, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera perfect for self-portraits and video chatting. What is a bit disappointing, the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is one generation old, though still efficient. So far there is no word on possible updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but we will keep our fingers crossed.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Metrix is 4G LTE capable, which means speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. You can also connect to the web via Wi-Fi and use the phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. The phone is also E911 Ready which means it relies on signals from the federal government’s GPS satellites to help determine the location of your 911 call.
Those of you who are used to hitting actual keys while texting will like the physical QWERTY keyboard. It slides out to the left and sports 5 rows of keys with one row only for numbers. Without any doubt it will make messaging much faster and easier.
The phone is pre-loaded with a number of apps, for instance: All Share Play, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amazon Shopping, Amazon Appstore, City ID, Daily Perks, Let’a Golf 3, Media Hub, Memo, Quickoffice, IMDb, Tone Room Deluxe, where you can choose from over 120,000 ringbacks and ringtones, Your Navigator Deluxe, which provides voice guided turn by turn navigation, Mobile TV, which allows you to get live on-demand or downloadable television including sports, news, kids shows, reality TV and music video entertainment. It also provides access to the most popular Google service like Gmail, Google Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, or Google Play where you can find thousands of apps for download to enrich your Android experience.
Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Metrix include: full HTML browser, calculator, calendar, gallery, HD games, task manager, music player, video player, voice dialer, voice recorder, or voice search.
In the box, apart from the Samsung Galaxy Metrix, you will also find battery, travel charger with micro USB cable, stereo headset and 4GB micrSD card.