T-Mobile—a.k.a the only major U.S. carrier without an iPhone—has taken the wraps off its entry-level myTouch and myTouch Q Android phones, looking to appeal to customers moving to their first smartphones. The myTouch and myTouch Q run Android 2.3 and are designed to be easy to set up and get going as soon as customers open the box. The myTouch sports a 3.8-inch display and front-facing camera for video chat; the myTouch Q features a 3.5-inch display and slide-out QWERTY keypad for messaging.
“When moving to their first smartphone, customers want a simple and uncomplicated experience without compromising on quality,” said T-Mobile USA senior VP for marketing Andrew Sherrard, in a statement. “With the introduction of these new myTouch smartphones paired with our worry-free data plans and fast 4G network, we’re making it easier than ever to step up to 4G experiences.”
Both phones feature a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and a five megapixel camera that can also handle shooting 720p high-definition video, and can tap into T-Mobile’s high-speed HSPA+ data network. The phones also feature a microSD slot for removable storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, and speakerphone capability: they both also feature a “Genius” button that enables users to issue one-shot voice comments to place a call, start a text message, or execute a Web search.
T-Mobile says the myTouch and myTouch Q will be available “in time for the holiday season”, with the myTouch coming in black and white variants while the myTouch Q will some in grey and violet. T-Mobile hasn’t revealed any pricing information on the devices yet, but it’s safe to say they’ll be aiming at customers who, so far, have been put off by the cost of smartphones.