T-Mobile Announces myTouch and myTouch Q Smartphones

As part of the holiday season push to get new products out, T-Mobile has announced two new phones in their myTouch line – the myTouch and the myTouch Q. Both phones are aimed at those new to the smartphone market who are looking to be eased in, likely at a lower price point.

The guts of both phones are identical – the difference is that the myTouch sports a 3.8” touch screen and comes in black and white, while the myTouch Q has a 3.5” touch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and comes in gray and violet.

Both phones focus on introducing newbies to the world of smartphones through a set-up wizard that shows users how to get the most out of email and social network integration. A tips widget shows users how to use their loads of new apps and features effectively, with text tips and how-to videos. The Genius button allows for simple and direct voice commands for texting, calling, and web searches. Both run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and have a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor. They have a 5 MP camera and are capable of taking and playing back 720p HD video. There is a front facing camera, which will work with the Qik app to enable video calling.

As these are T-Mobile phones, users will also be on T-Mobile’s relatively robust HSPA+ 4G network. With the tips, the set-up wizard, and 4G, newbies should be able to get up to speed very quickly using these phones. Pricing and release dates are not confirmed, though T-Mobile promises that the phones will be out in time for the holiday season. It’s a safe bet that these phones will sell at reasonable prices, so if mom or dad (or grandma and grandpa) are thinking about joining the smartphone sensation, keep an eye on these as the holiday season nears.

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