Samsung will not be launching the Galaxy S3 with a full QWERTY keyboard, it has been reported. But the company will, however, release an almost identical device under a different name with the feature.
The handset will be called the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q and it features identical specifications to the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S3 including a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB RAM, and 16GB of built-in memory. It will also come with Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and its display will be 720p HD.
The Galaxy S Blaze Q will be released on T-Mobile on Aug. 15 and will run off the carrier's 42Mbps HSPA+ network.
Press shots of the smartphone were leaked this week and the device appears to be smaller than the S3 in the pictures.
The Galaxy S Blaze Q was reported by TmoNews, which also stated that these might not be the exact specifications when the device launches next week.
Samsung might also be launching another version of the Galaxy S3, but this one will not have a keyboard. The company recently posted up pictures of a black variant of the Galaxy S3 smartphone on a Facebook page.
The page was created to showcase the smartphone's capabilities at the London 2012 Olympics.
The photos do not officially confirm that Samsung will release the device, but there is a good chance that a black model might pop up sooner or later in some carriers' inventories.
The device is currently available in Pebble Blue, White, and Garnet Red on AT&T. It launched earlier this year.
It would make sense to launch it in black since both the original Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 were released in that color. Many of the company's products come in black. Samsung has used this year's Olympics as a platform to promote the Galaxy S3 so it would be a good place to introduce a black variant.