HTC’s myTouch 4G Arriving November 3rd for $199 on T-Mobile
T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G will be arriving in stores on November 3rd and go for a respectable $199 with two year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. HTC is the manufacturer for the myTouch series that is exclusive to T-Mobile and the myTouch 4G is a nicely redesigned myTouch 3G Slide. It lacks physical keyboard of the Slide model but packs beefier hardware all around. It will also be the third HTC smartphone with the Sense user interface (UI) and one of T-Mobile’s ‘4G’ devices. More on that later.
HTC myTouch 4G from T-Mobile Specs
- 3.8” WVGA touchscreen
- 1 GHz ‘Snapdragon’ processor
- 768 MB of RAM
- 8 GB microSD card included
- HSPA+ data connectivity (what T-Mobile is calling 4G)
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera with 720p HD video capability
- Front facing camera for video calling
- Wi-Fi b/g/n support
- Bluetooth and GPS
- Android OS 2.2 ‘Froyo’ with HTC Sense UI
What should be noted is that the HSPA+ cellular radio in the myTouch 4G is what is most often referred to as 3.5G as it is an upgrade to existing 3G networks and not LTE like Verizon and AT&T are rolling out. LTE (long term evolution or 4G) technology is expected to eventually allow carriers to offer blazingly fast data speeds and help ease network congestion. However, the 4G technology that Sprint uses (WiMax) has been tested against T-Mobile’s HSPA+ or 4G network and is about equal. Regardless of whether or not you consider HSPA+ 3.5G or 4G like T-Mobile says, it offers speeds in the 4 to 8 Mbps range and can handle your video calling needs. What more do you really need?
Wi-Fi calling support is also expected to eventually appear on the myTouch 4G as is T-Mobile TV. HTC’s decision to drop the QWERTY slide-out keyboard found in the myTouch 3G Slide makes the smartphone slimmer and feel more solid. I have used the myTouch 3G Slide’s physical keyboard quite a bit in the past and have always found it a bit clunky though the touchscreen keyboard was a little more difficult to use than what I have come to expect from Apple’s iOS devices but good nonetheless. The device will be sold in four colors: white, black, plum and red.
Check out a promo video of the myTouch 4G:
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