T-Mobile is upgrading its myTouch smartphone line with a new Android 2.2 handset capable of hitting 4G speeds. The device rivals the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and the Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless,
T-Mobile USA Oct. 4 said it is upgrading its myTouch
smartphone line with a new Android 2.2 handset capable of hitting 4G speeds.
The new myTouch is built by HTC and has a 3.8-inch, WVGA
screen with virtual keyboard and the Swype gesture text input application.
handset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1GHz MSM8255 processor and comes
with an 8GB microSD memory card.
The myTouch also offers the same experience of preloaded Google
mobile applications, but sports a 5 megapixel camera, HD camcorder and video
MyTouch users will be able to share videos, photo albums
and movies wirelessly with a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device.
The new myTouch's front-facing camera enables video chat
between other myTouch handsets or other compatible smartphones or PCs through
Yahoo Messenger or QIK.
In this regard, the device rivals the HTC Evo 4G
from Sprint and the Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless, both of which
enable HD video capture and tout multimedia use.
The new phone also includes three features exclusive to
the myTouch line. A so-called Genius Button powered by Dragon Dictation from
Nuance lets customers call, text, e-mail or access the Web through voice
commands. The Faves Gallery offers shortcuts to frequent contacts, while myModes
lets users create customized home screens.
But T-Mobile sees the new myTouch's 4G access speed and
coverage as the chief selling point.
T-Mobile said its 4G network spreads across 65 cities. The
allure of 4G is speedier, more reliable application performance, especially
multimedia apps such as video.
The new myTouch will be available "in time for
the holidays" in white, black, plum or red.
T-Mobile has not announced pricing, but given the
device's specifications and price precedence of T-Mobile's forthcoming G2, it
will likely cost $199.
T-Mobile is offering its G2, and Android 2.2-based
4G smartphone, for $199. That device, whose preorder schedule ended today, offers a
3.7-inch screen with a physical QWERTY keyboard.
But T-Mobile clearly has an affinity for the myTouch
launched its first myTouch, the my Touch 3G, in summer 2009.
The No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier went on the offer the myTouch 3G Fender and myTouch 3G Slide in 2010.