T-Mobile’s Newest MyTouch Gains Video Calls, Android 2.2

T-Mobile is today adding a new Android 2.2 smartphone to its myTouch line of handsets. Like the prior version that launched just a few months ago, the HTC-built device offers customized T-Mobile software with myModes and a Genius Button for speech recognition. The new myTouch is boosted by a next-generation 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a front-facing camera for video calls and a larger display for use on T-Mobile’s fast HSPA+ network, which offers speeds comparable to 4G mobile broadband.

This new model omits a QWERTY keyboard and relies solely on the 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen for typing, although Swype, an innovative and useful software keyboard, is pre-installed. A front-facing camera supports video calls to other myTouch owners or PC users through Yahoo Messenger! or Qik. Video calling works on either Wi-Fi or T-Mobile’s 3G network. A 5-megapixel camera for stills and high-definition video resides on the back of the phone: pictures and videos can be easily viewed on an HDTV through the myTouch’s included DLNA feature.

Other highlights of the device include Qualcomm’s MSM8255 CPU,  an 8 GB storage card with support for up to 32 GB of memory, and pre-installed game titles including “Rock Band,” “Asphalt 5” and “Monopoly.” Since the myTouch runs Google Android 2.2, there’s no need to wait for an operating system update, which has been common for many Android devices of late.

Although the new myTouch won’t be out until the holidays it’s clear that carrier is quickly adding devices that can take advantage of its HSPA+ network and the theoretical 21 Mbps speeds it offers. This phone will gain a mobile broadband speed boost over prior models, but won’t take full advantage of the new network: The 3G radio in the myTouch is only capable of 14.4 Mbps, and I’d expect real world download speeds around half of that rate.

A fast mobile broadband network is only as good as the devices that can use it. With the newest myTouch, T-Mobile is enhancing the value of its HSPA+ investment, offering 4G-like speeds to another high-end Android handset.

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