It’s looking to be a good Android phone season for T-Mobile subscribers. The carrier announced today a powerful new Android phone that will succeed the myTouch 3G — simply called the T-Mobile myTouch.
The phone is the second upgrade this month to an existing T-Mobile Android handset. The carrier is gearing up to offer the G2 — the successor to the very first Android phone, the G1 — in the next few days. The myTouch and G2 will accompany the Samsung Vibrant, part of Samsung’s Galaxy S line of phones, and the upcoming Motorola Defy, to make up T-Mobile’s high-end Android selection for the next few months.
Hardware-wise, the new myTouch is a drool-worthy device. It sports a 1-gigahertz processor (the G2 only has an 800Mhz CPU), 3.8″ display, 5-megapixel camera, and a front-facing camera for video conferencing. While its screen is slightly smaller than the Vibrant’s 4-inch display, the addition of a front-facing camera is a worthy compromise. The G2 will be shipping with Android 2.2 (which goes by the codename “Froyo”), an 8-gigabyte microSD memory card, and it will be available in white, black, red, and plum.
Like the G2, the myTouch will support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which the carrier claims will offer 4G speeds. Technically, HSPA is just a faster 3G technology — AT&T is currently working to deploy HSPA before it rolls out its 4G LTE network. HSPA will effectively double download speeds to around 7Mbps, which is far from what many would consider “4G.” (Though if we’re getting picky, even current LTE technology isn’t quite 4G — although it does offer better speeds than HSPA.)
T-Mobile says the myTouch will be available “in time for the holidays.” While the carrier still doesn’t have as big an Android selection as Verizon, the myTouch will certainly make up for the lack of variety with speed and its video-conferencing capabilities.
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