Enterprise Mobility: T-Mobile Readies HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Gravity Smart, Exhibit 4G Phones
T-Mobile, which agreed to be acquired by AT&T for $39 billion, is bracing for a hot summer of Android smartphone releases that could make the hype around its new Sidekick 4G disappear. The carrier set a launch date and price for the HTC Sensation 4G Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phone and introduced two new low-cost Android models, the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity Smart. Both will be available sometime this month. At the high end of Android smartphones, the Sensation 4G will launch June 15 to compete with 4G smartphones. These include Verizon Wireless' HTC Thunderbolt 4G and Samsung Droid Charge, AT&T's Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Nexus S 4G from Sprint, whose stock may have been buoyed last week with the introduction of the Google Wallet mobile-payment system. One has to admire T-Mobile-which, with less than 37 million U.S. subscribers, keeps pushing the envelope. While low-cost Android handsets have become common overseas, T-Mobile is the first stateside wireless carrier to aggressively push sub-$100 models in this country. Join eWEEK in this picture tour of the new devices, starting with the snazzy Sensation 4G.
T-Mobile Sensation 4G
Priced at $199.99 after a $50 rebate with a two-year contract, the Sensation 4G employs a 4.3-inch (qHD) quarter-high-definition, touch-screen display (960 by 540 resolution) powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and HTC's Sense user interface. Sensation 4G is also T-Mobile's first smartphone to run Gingerbread, which offers a better virtual keyboard, copy-and-paste features as well as native NFC (near-field communications) support.