SAN FRANCISCO--Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile, took the opportunity to reveal a couple of new devices at GigaOM's Mobilize conference in San Francisco: the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze. Both handsets are slated to run on T-Mobile's upgraded HSPA+ 42 network, which promises 4G-like speeds that are faster than most home Internet speeds.
We've seen the Galaxy S II before at a Samsung press event last month, but T-Mobile has spruced it up with HSPA+42 speeds. To take advantage of this speed, T-Mobile has bundled the phone with Netflix, Samsung Media Hub, and T-Mobile TV. The Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, which is the largest phone display in T-Mobile's stable. The hardware specs are otherwise similar to the unlocked version of the Galaxy S II.
As for the HTC Amaze, T-Mobile boasts that it has the "most advanced camera of any smartphone." It has an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a backside illuminated sensor, zero shutter lag, dual LED flash, and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor. The camera is equipped with plenty of features: SmartShot, PerfectPics, SweepShot, ClearShot HDR, and BurstShot to name a few. Two new features are SmartShot and PerfectPics. SmartShot captures five photos and creates the best shot with smiles and no blinking, and PerfectPics is a separate album in the gallery that floats the best pics to the top. We've seen the rest of the camera's features in the myTouch 4G Slide.
The HTC Amaze runs on Android 2.3.4, and will be preloaded with T-Mobile TV, HTC Watch, and more. It has a 4.3-inch qHD super LCD display and NFC support.
The Galaxy S II will be $229.99 with a two-year contract, and the HTC Amaze will retail for $259.99 with a two-year contract as well. Both phones will be available October 12.
T-Mobile says that HSPA+42 has an average of 8Mbps download speeds and peak speeds of 20Mbps. T-Mobile has also announced the Sonic 4G mobile hot spot, which will provide Wi-Fi for up to five devices and has the file-sharing capability of up to 32GB worth of files.