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.”