Although T-Mobile USA has committed to releasing the Samsung Behold II in the near future, is hasn’t said exactly when. That date is clearly getting close, as this carrier has invited journalists to an event next week where this Android-powered smartphone will be demonstrated.
The Behold II was officially announced last month, in time for the CTIA tradeshow. However, all that Samsung and T-Mobile were willing to show off at that time was a non-functional proto-type. At next Thursday’s event, working models will be on hand.
The invitation doesn’t promise that this smartphone will be released at that time, and unconfirmed reports say the launch is actually scheduled for the week after, Nov. 18.
An Overview of the Samsung Behold II
T-Mobile’s latest Android-based smartphone will have a tablet shape, and include a 3.2-inch touchscreen. As mentioned earlier, this will be an AM-OLED display, a type that uses less power and offers better colors at wider viewing angles.
It’s not known what version of Android this smartphone will use. It could be Android 1.6, or this could be Samsung’s first with the new Android 2.0.
The Behold II will use Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz user interface in place of the standard one. This provides one-touch access to commonly-used features and applications, plus widgets located in a slide out tray.
As an Android-powered smartphone, this device will give users access to Google’s mobile services, including Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Talk as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from the Android Market.
This Samsung model is going to support personal email and corporate e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture, and video messaging.
It will give users access to T-Mobile’s 3G network, as well as Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1. It will also include a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities.