T-Mobile’s budget droids [easyazon-link asin=”B00466HPZM” locale=”us”]myTouch[/easyazon-link] and myTouch Q have been refreshed. The existing lineup was refreshed merely 8 months ago with the LG made myTouch phones. This time around it is Huawei partnering with T-Mobile to bring these budget-ranged droids to the market. Both the smartphones follow closely in the footsteps of their LG predecessors but a few things are different here.
Both the devices pack a decent 4-inch display, accompanied by 5MP rear camera sensors (with LED flash) and front facing VGA snappers. The myTouch and myTouch Q run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread unfortunately, with T-Mo’s custom myTouch UI on board. The rather familiar UI will bring a tweaked app drawer and a new and improved Genius Button, seen previously on the myTouch series. In the current iteration, T-Mobile uses Dragon the voice command service. The two smartphones pack a rather decent 1.4 GHz single core CPU, though there are no details about the chipset. And yes, the device runs on T-Mobile’s 4G network. The myTouch Q has a slide out QWERTY keyboard while the myTouch is a regular touchscreen device. The myTouch Q will be available in black or white color variants while the regular myTouch will be sold in dark red or black. The devices are believed to be available on T-Mobile stores from August 8 on a two year contract for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
“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 the company’s Senior VP of Product Management, Brad Duea.
T-Mobile has partnered with HTC and LG in the past to bring myTouch smartphones to the market. It’s Huawei this time around, and the extra screen real estate looks promising. Though we feel it’s lacking Android 4.0, it could be made available as a future update. The carrier however hasn’t mentioned any upgrade plans, so that still remains to be seen. Make sure you head over to a T-Mobile store on August 8 when the devices are expected to hit shelves.
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