PCMag: Samsung Lightray 4G for MetroPCS leaked, complete with TV antenna
The unnamed Samsung phone that will be the first handset to support digital local broadcast TV in the U.S. has a name, the Galaxy S Lightray 4G, according to the Dyle Mobile TV website.
How would Dyle know this? The consortium of broadcast networks and station owners (members include Fox, NBC, Telemundo, and Ion) is behind a plan to deliver at least two free-to-air TV channels to handheld devices and phones in each of 35 major U.S. cities, so it was probably in a good position to figure out the name of the first phone to support its efforts.
We had a hands-on with the phone at CES courtesy of MetroPCS, but hadn’t heard much about it since. Now Dyle’s site says its system will support both Android and iOS devices, presumably with add-on boxes like the Tivit, but the Lightray is the first phone with the service built in. (Click here for a screen shot of the site.)
You can also check out a list of cities getting Dyle mobile TV service on the website.
According to PhoneArena, posters on the HowardForums bulletin boards say the Lightray looks and acts like the Samsung Droid Charge for Verizon Wireless. It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 8-megapixel camera, and LTE.
The biggest difference between the Lightray and the Droid Charge is the gigantic stick-out antenna, which the phone needs to receive broadcast TV. (We have a hands-on photo of the antenna from CES.)
Dyle is the latest stab at bringing broadcast TV to phones, following failed attempts by Modeo and Qualcomm’s MediaFlo. This attempt is being driven by broadcast station owners trying to find ways for more people to view their content. Dyle is one of two broadcast groups using digital sub-channels to show mobile TV; the other is Mobile500, which doesn’t have a commercial product yet.
The Open Mobile Video Coalition, an association of broadcasters backing mobile TV, has been showing devices and predicting a launch since 2010.
MetroPCS wouldn’t comment on anything in this story, and the link provided by Dyle goes to an empty page. The slideshow below, from CES, shows the Galaxy S Lightray 4G along with the now-on-sale, Editor’s Choice LG Connect 4G.