T-Mobile’s myTouch line has proven very popular over the years, especially due to the devices’ features, but also thanks to the quality to price ratio they delivered. Started way back in 2009, with the myTouch 3G that ran Android 1.5 Cupcake (!), the series has had its latest revamp in the fall of 2011, in the form of the myTouch Q, running Gingerbread.
Although more and more tech users are looking towards high-end devices these days, especially in the US, it seems that T-Mo will continue to push in the entry-level niche. Not one, but two myTouch phones will be released this summer, and at least one of them seems to be ready for a launch by the end of May.
The myTouch QWERTY is manufactured by Huawei and has recently been approved by the Bluetooth SIG, which is usually the last formality for a device to go through before its release. The approval has confirmed some of the phone’s specs, as we suspected them for a while, including HSDPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microSD card support.
The rest of the features are yet to be officially confirmed, but earlier rumors and leaks have pretty much drawn up the new myTouch’s full spec sheet. You can therefore expect the phone to be powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T single-core processor and to feature a 4-inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, a 5 MP rear-facing shooter, a VGA front-facing camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
That’s right, the myTouch QWERTY will most likely run ICS out of the box, which is not only great for an entry-level smartphone these days, but it’s something that is still missing on several high-end devices. In fact, if we look at the whole picture for more than a second, we could probably call the future myTouch QWERTY a mid-ranger, rather than an entry-level gadget.
Sure, the display is not exactly what you would call ideal and the chipset is only a single core, but then again there’s (probably) 1 GB of RAM, there are dual cameras, and there's Ice Cream Sandwich. Also, there's a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that looks well-sized and that really adds functionality. All in all, if this little guy will be priced decently, I really think it will become popular.
The other T-Mobile myTouch smartphone, set to come with the same tech specs like its “brother”, but without a slide-out keyboard, hasn’t shown up in any certification document just yet, but we are still hoping to see it released by the end of May as well.
How about it, folks? Could T-Mobile rock the lower to mid-range level of the smartphone market with the new myTouch duo? What would be a fair price to ask for the two devices? Hit us with a comment and let us know!