Samsung Transfix on Cricket at CTIA E&A 2011 (hands-on video)

Staring intently at the image above? It's understandable. After all, it is called the Samsung Transfix, right? Cricket's latest Android addition doesn't necessarily break any new ground in its quiet release at this year's CTIA Enterprise & Applications, but it has a lot of potential for anyone looking to get an inexpensive prepaid phone. The new 3.2-inch QWERTY runs on Gingerbread, is powered by an 800MHz CPU and brings a 3.2MP camera to the tablet. Nothing to write home about these days, but don't forget: your parents might appreciate at least hearing from you, even if it's not regarding a smartphone. Stay transfixed below the break at our full hands-on gallery and vid, and a press release thrown in for good measure.
Myriam Joire contributed to this post.

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Cricket and Samsung Introduce New Android Messaging Smartphone

Running Android™ Gingerbread the Samsung Transfix features full slide out QWERTY keyboard

San Diego and Dallas – October 11, 2011 – Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1 today announced the launch of the Samsung Transfix™ (SCH-R730). The Transfix is the latest in Cricket's line up of Android smartphones and is packed with many great features in a sleek design.

With a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Transfix is an easy-to-navigate messaging device for Cricket customers who are texting and surfing the web on the go. The Transfix is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features an 800MHz processor with a 3.2-inch touchscreen. The smartphone also features a 3.2-megapixel camera with camcorder and microSD slot with up to 32-gigabyte expandable memory. The Transfix includes all of the popular Android apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Search, plus the Android market that now features more than 200,000 applications and games.

"We are very pleased to bring the Samsung Transfix to Cricket customers," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager, devices for Cricket. "The Transfix features an easy-to-use slide out keyboard that makes messaging a breeze. Combined with its affordable price we believe the Transfix will be attractive to our customers looking for an Android device."

"We are excited to offer another Android Gingerbread smartphone, the Samsung Transfix, to Cricket's network," said Todd Pendleton, chief marketing officer of Samsung Mobile. "We continue to work with Cricket to provide customers devices to fit their needs, and the Transfix is an outstanding messaging device."

The Samsung Transfix is available now for $[179.99] (MSRP) in Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at