After a series of leaks over the past week, Samsung’s Galaxy S Lightray 4G is now official. Available to order for $459 plus tax from budget carrier MetroPCS, the device seems pretty standard at first — visually similar to the Droid Charge, it runs Android 2.3 on a 1GHz processor. The trick up its sleeve is a TV antenna combined with the Dyle mobile TV app, which is making its debut on the phone.
Dyle allows users to tune in to live, local TV stations, offering high-quality video while reducing pressure on 3G and LTE data bandwidth for carriers. Coverage is still limited — a full map is available on the app’s site, showing heavy focus on the Eastern seaboard — but will likely expand if Dyle starts to make its way on to other devices.
Another interesting feature that the Lightray 4G provides is LTE hotspot — unlike previous devices on MetroPCS, the phone allows multiple users to tether at the same time. Screen-wise, it offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, with a 8-megapixel camera bringing up the rear.
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