T-Mobile Leaked Roadmap Shows Packed HTC, Samsung Android Lineup

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-05-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

T-Mobile has an aggressive lineup of smartphones planned to see it through the year, if a leaked roadmap is to be believed. Android devices will continue to dominate.

T-Mobile isn't just kicking back and waiting for AT&T to solve its financial woes. The carrier has an aggressive lineup of new devices planned for this summer and beyond, if a leaked roadmap shared by ThisIsMyNext holds water.

In June alone, subscribers could see six new options. Starting on June 8, the already talked-up HTC Sensation 4G is expected to arrive. Playing at the high end of the market, it features a 4.3-inch quarter-high-definition display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Google Android 2.3, known as "Gingerbread." HTC's Sense user interface will be on board, along with a video-on-demand service and a kickstand for easier viewing.

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Expected to join the Sensation 4G on June 8 are: the Samsung t589 Gravity Touch 2; the vaguely iPhone 3GS-looking t759 "Hawk," which has been leaked as the "Exhibit 4G"; and the Huawei E587 "Wayne," a rounded and really rather adorably slim HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) 4G mobile hotspot with 802.11n capability and a small display.

On the following Wednesday, June 15, expect to see the Samsung t499 "Tass"-reportedly a U.S. version of the Galaxy Mini, a low-end phone dominated by a 3.14-inch capacitive touch-screen.

Jump ahead two more Wednesdays, to June 29, and the Samsung t379 "Triumph" is expected to launch as the Gravity 4.

Moving into July, expect the HTC "Doubleshot"-likely to launch as the myTouch 4G Slide-on July 6. As the name suggests, a good guess is for a version of the myTouch 4G with a QWERTY keypad. Per the rumor mill, features are likely to include a 3.7-inch WVGA display (the myTouch 4G's is a 3.8-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) widescreen), a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Also likely, if the myTouch 4G is a close model, is a front-facing camera, WiFi connectivity, a Genius button and, of course, 4G connectivity.

Come July 15, expect the HTC "Marvel," likely to be called the Wildfire S, with a 3.2-inch display and an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, and two weeks after that, on July 27, the BlackBerry "Monza."

"Specs we've received on this full-touch handset include 14.4M bps HSPA [High-Speed Packet Access], a 3.7-inch 480 by 800 display, 1.2GHz single-core Snapdragon, a 5-megapixel cam with 720p video capture, and BlackBerry 7 (which, interestingly, our documents still identify as BlackBerry 6.1). T-Mobile expects to sell it for under $200 on contract," ThisIsMyNext's Chris Ziegler wrote.

That puts us into August, when T-Mobile is expected to launch the BlackBerry Bold Touch Aug. 17 and the "Apollo," a.k.a the next BlackBerry Curve, Aug. 31, in addition to a Huawei S7 Android-running tablet (maybe beefed up for 4G?).

Back-to-school season will bring an LG "Flip II" on Sept. 14 and the Samsung Hercules Sept. 26. Said to be a code name for the Samsung Infuse 4G, according to GottaBeMobile, the latter is said to feature a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) Plus display, NFC (near-field communication) support, an 8-megapixel rear camera and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) technology that will make it the "fastest HSPA+ phone on the market."

For the Nokia and Symbian fans, the Nokia Nuron 4G is slated for Sept. 21 and said to include 14.4M bps HSPA, a 3.2-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and Symbian 3.1 for under $150.

"Some of the most exciting-sounding items in the roadmap, though, don't yet have launch dates," Ziegler added. These include an HSPA-capable Huawei phone; a simple flip Samsung "Jamong" phone, which may be exclusive to the prepaid crowd; and something listed as the "Bresson" and thought to be the next model in the T-Mobile super-duper G-series lineup.

Though, "if HTC simply de-skinned the Sensation 4G, unlocked the bootloader and sold it as the T-Mobile G-Infinity," Ziegler added, "I'd be doing a heartfelt fist pump or two."

 


 
 
 
 
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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