T-Mobile faithfully looking around at the tablet-love that other carriers have been receiving can now rest easy; not one but two tablets will be gracing T’s shelves later this year. Of course, we had reported as much previously, but now it’s officially official, and we can espouse some details with gusto.
The Huawei-built T-Mobile SpringBoard will be a value focused 7-inch tablet, powered by a 1.2 dual-core processor and preloaded with Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix, and T-Mobile TV.
Second, we have the ever-popular Galaxy Tab 10.1, with some lovely bonuses like T-Mobile 4G, T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Blio eReader, Zinio, and demos for Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD and SIM City Deluxe.
No date or price was announced, but if our leak is to be believed, look for a November launch. Check in after the break for the full press-release.
The final U.S. carrier to debut the Samsung Galaxy S II is T-Mobile which will take place on October 12, but thankfully, a review unit landed on my doorstep, so we can give you a quick preview. The big difference with the T-Mobile version is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor for T-Mobile AWS compatibility, as opposed to the Exynos 1.2GHz CPU. There is a lot of concern that performance will suffer, but my initial thought is worrying is a waste of time because it appears to be very snappy.
- 4.52-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED plus display
- 1.5GHz dual-code Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera with 1080p recording, 2MP front facing
- 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD card
- 1850mAH battery
- 0.37x 5.11 x 2.71 inches; 4.77 ounces
- HSPA+ 42Mbps support
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, with Wifi Direct
- Touchwiz 4
- Android 2.3.5
I will post a full review after I spend more time with it, but for now, take a look at the initial hands on video after the break.
T-Mobile is expanding their myTouch line with the new myTouch and the myTouch Q, both made by LG. The myTouch is sporting a 3.8-inch screen while the Q has a 3.5-inch screen and a slide out keyboard. Both devices are running Gingerbread with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor under the hood, a 5-MP camera, 720p video recording, and the myTouch adds in a front facing camera. These latest myTouch devices are also geared toward helping new smartphone owners get accustomed to their device in including quick tips, instructional videos, and a setup wizard. No pricing or release date was mentioned, but they are expected to hit before the holiday season. Both will have access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network with the myTouch available in white or black and the Q in either gray or violet. Hit up the break for the full press release.
Over the weekend we told you that T-Mobile had some devices for a super mega lauch day on November 2nd. Now we have a lot more insight due to a leaked roadmap, plus we have another release the week after.
- Samsung Robin: This is probably the Galaxy Tab Plus which is the replacement for the Galaxy Tab. Pricing will be $299 on contract.
One item to note is they have the dates for the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II wrong. We are not sure what the reason is, but the rest of the dates appear to be correct. The Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II will both launch on 10/12/11 which was previously announced.
Come October 16th, Wal-Mart and T-Mobile are offering an exclusive $30 no contract plan called Monthly4G that nets you unlimited web and text as well as 100 minutes. Of course news of the deal has already led to people preparing to flood Wal-Mart in droves, however, a collective question was on their minds. Which devices will be allowed on the plan? Well there are six specific devices being offered with the plan, notably the Android powered Samsung Dart. Turns out you won’t really be limited to just those though. Suppose you wanted to use a Samsung Galaxy S II or you just wanted to purchase a SIM card for use with the offering and select your phone later, either of those choices are fine with T-Mobile.
It doesn’t say anywhere that this is a limited time offer, but no telling how long it may last. If you decide to take advantage, note that this offer will only be available at Wal-Mart and T-Mobile.com.
Also if you’re wondering about the Samsung Dart,
Available exclusively from T-Mobile, the Samsung Dart T499 is an affordable Android™-powered handset that offers essential smartphone features in a simple, stylish form-factor. Featuring a 3.14-inch touch screen display with a virtual QWERTY keyboard and Swype™ for easy text input, the Samsung Dart enables spontaneous connectivity with an enhanced Web browsing experience, support for personal and corporate e-mail, and access to popular social networking sites. The Dart also features a 3-megapixel camera with digital zoom, video recorder, voice dialing, speakerphone, as well as GPS capabilities with turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps™. Pricing will be $119.88 plus tax.
On Wednesday, September 28th, T-Mobile joined forces with Verizon and filed an amicus brief in the Apple vs. Samsung case over the design of the Galaxy line of tablets and phones. The original suit was filed in April and covers seven utility patents, three design patents, several iOS app icons, and a number of design aspects of the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and product packaging. Wether or not the court would hear arguments from the two major carriers was a concern and ultimately a decision made only by the judge.
Last Friday, despite rebuttals from Apple, judge Lucy H. Koh decided that the court will in fact review the briefs submitted by Verizon and T-Mobile. Koh even denied Apple’s request to be heard in court regarding the newly approved amicus. The briefs are in Sammy’s favor and will luckily be considered during the proposed preliminary injunction in which Apple could ultimately seek to ban the import of select Samsung devices.
In the meantime, Apple and Samsung will battle in court and Koh’s decision on the injunction will follow on October 13th. It’s hard to say if Verizon and T-Mobile’s input will help to avoid the proposed injunction, but it’s nice to know that someone has Samsung’s back.
How would you feel if your precious Sammy devices were banned from entering the U.S.? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
The lucky person who has gotten a chance to play with the HTC Amaze 4G has posted up a new video for your viewing pleasure. The video is given to you in silence so you can enjoy the whole walkthrough without any interruptions. This is going be a hard decision compared to the Galaxy S II, so check it out and see if it helps you out. Being that I’m not a Sense fan I’m leaning toward the S II, but I really like the looks of this device and the independent camera buttons. The video is after the break and let us know what side of the fence you’re on.
Yesterday AT&T asked the federal court to dismiss the Cellular South (now C Spire) complaint aimed to block the proposed merger with T-Mobile. AT&T claims the competitive concerns raised by Cellular South weren’t legitimate, and submitted an email as evidence. AT&T has evidence of a March 21st email from Cellular south’s president, Hu Meena, proposing a spectrum and roaming access agreement between the two companies.
“Cellular South suggested that it would not oppose the merger if AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi,” AT&T said in its filing. “This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.” Cellular South is currently putting together a statement about the accusations and will release it later.
In the Sept. 19th lawsuit to block the acquisition, Cellular South said the merger “threatens to substantially lessen competition” and will cause them significant losses and damages.
How do you guys feel about the proposed merger and what it would do to smaller companies? I personally like having the option to chose between 4 major carriers here in the U.S..
Thanks to Tmonews it looks like T-Mobile will be launching six new devices on November 2nd. The only problem is we have no idea what these devices are. The Huawei Tablet and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are up for consideration on this list for Android devices, but as far as the rest of the list we just don’t know. Have any ideas what devices might make this November 2nd date? Let us know right down there in the comments. Hit up the break for one more screen capture.
The HTC Amaze is one sexy looking powerhouse being launched on T-Mobile online Oct. 10 and in stores Oct. 12th. If you’ve been waiting for more updates on this little 4G wonder, we’ve got a treat for you. The video below will give you a taste of the Amaze’s data speed capabilities that are hitting about 15Mbps down out of Chicago. This isn’t even close to the supposed top out speed of 42Mbps on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but I’m perfectly OK with that. I think 15Mbps is more than enough speed on a smartphone for the average user and hopefully, with some network updates, the speeds will increase. If any of you are interested in it’s quadrant score, that’s included in the video as well marking in at 2477. Hit up the video after the break for a few other tests and let us know what you think. The Amaze may be a hard sell coming out the same day as T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II, but I’m willing to give them both an honest shot.