T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q by Huawei launching August 8 for $49.99Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
We're not exactly strangers to Huawei's new T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q handsets, but today the folks at Magenta finally saw fit to officially introduce us to the two devices. The myTouch and myTouch Q will be launching on T-Mobile on August 8th, with both devices priced at $49.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. The myTouch will be released in both black and dard red, while the keyboard-equipped myTouch Q will be available in black and white.
The myTouch and myTouch Q have a lot in common when it comes to specs, as both devices feature 4-inch WVGA touchscreens, 1.4GHz processors, 5-megapixel rear cameras and another shooter around front. The two phones also both have Genius buttons on their faces, giving users access to a voice-controlled service that can do things like search multiple sources and launch apps. Finally, the myTouch and myTouch Q will come pre-loaded with the same version of Android when they launch on August 8, which is version 2.3 Gingerbread. The one major difference between the two devices is the myTouch Q's slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
It's good to see the Huawei-made myTouch and myTouch Q finally get unveiled after being teased by several leaks in recent months. The two devices look like they could be decent entry-level options, and it's kind of nice that both phones share similar spec lists so that interested customers just need to decide whether they want a hardware keyboard or not. Of course, it's kind of a bummer that the new myTouches are launching with Android 2.3, but hopefully Huawei and T-Mobile can get updates out to the two phones in a timely manner. T-Mobile's full announcement of the myTouch and myTouch Q can be found below.
T-Mobile’s myTouch Family Grows With Next-Generation T-Mobile myTouch and T-Mobile myTouch Q
Latest Generation Delivers an Easy-to-Learn Experience at an Attractive Price
Bellevue, Wash. — Jul. 11, 2012
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the Aug. 8 availability of two new additions to its exclusive lineup of T-Mobile myTouch smartphones, the new T-Mobile® myTouch® and T-Mobile® myTouch® Q. Featuring an all-new version of the Genius Button®, an easy-to-use Setup Wizard and how-to tutorials, the myTouch and myTouch Q are designed for easy out-of the-box use, making both devices ideal for customers who are looking for a straightforward, seamless smartphone experience.
The new T-Mobile myTouch devices offer hardware options that fit consumers’ individual preferences. The T-Mobile myTouch offers a 4.0” WVGA touch display and virtual keyboard with Swype®, while the T-Mobile myTouch Q features the same great touch display with an accompanying full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
“T-Mobile is committed to delivering a strong and diverse portfolio of 4G handsets that runs on our fast and dependable 4G network, including smartphones that enable people to get amazing 4G experiences at a great value,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The value and ease of use that the myTouch devices deliver, paired with our worry-free rate plans, means it is easier than ever for customers to get everything they want in a smartphone without the expense for features they won’t use.”
New T-Mobile myTouch Series Key Features
Voice Control Made Better: To make the process of learning and using a smartphone’s best features quicker and easier, both devices are equipped with the next-generation Genius Button 4.0, powered by Dragon from Nuance, providing customers with a powerful voice-controlled service. With Genius Button 4.0 customers have access to the new Genius Web Search, featuring new voice-command capabilities such as direct search among multiple sources, direct app launch, and even the ability to make dinner reservations.
Simple Setup: The new myTouch devices feature an onboarding experience that allows users to set up what’s important without having to deal with extra steps, including a simple login process, a tips widget and tutorials for the most-used features of Android.
Enhanced App Drawer: A redesigned app drawer gives customers quick access to recently used apps, a separate tab for all downloaded apps, and an easy way to search their app collections by text or even by voice.
Manufactured by Huawei, the 4G-enabled T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and feature a speedy 1.4 GHz processor for fast performance. The devices are also equipped with a dedicated camera button for easy access to the 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash for quality photo capture and sharing. Both devices also sport a front-facing camera for video chat over T-Mobile’s 4G network. A redesigned camera user interface allows for quick access to key features such as the flash, switching cameras and choosing the camcorder option.
The T-Mobile myTouch will be offered in black or dark red, and the T-Mobile myTouch Q will be offered in black or white. Both devices, exclusively from T-Mobile, are expected to be available Aug. 8 at T-Mobile retail stores, from select dealers and national retailers, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year agreement on a qualifying plan. For more information visit www.T-Mobile.com.