Two Android smartphones have just debuted from T-Mobile at prices that are a bit lower than expected. The Samsung Gravity Smart has a sliding keyboard, while the Exhibit 4G supports this carrier’s high-speed data network.
Both models were announced early this month, and will have mid-range prices and feature sets. At the time they were first unveiled, T-Mobile would only say that they would cost under $100. As it turns out, they are much less than $100: the Exhibit 4G is $80 with a two-year contract and the Gravity Smart is $70 with contract. These prices require sending in a $50 rebate card, though.
As these smartphones run Google’s Android operating system, they come with the standard suite of apps like a web browser, email software, calendar, turn-by-turn navigation app, and much more. Layered on top of this is Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface which slightly modifies the standard one.
Samsung Exhibit 4G Overview
The Exhibit 4G is surprisingly full-featured given its price. It runs Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and has a a 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen set in a simple bar shape.
It can connect with T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. This smartphone’s rear-facing camera is just 3 megapixels, but it also sports a front-facing VGA camera for video chatting. The device also has a microSD memory card slot and a 1500 mAh battery.
Samsung Gravity Smart Overview
The other model T-Mobile is launching today, the Gravity Smart, has been designed for those who want to send a lot of email and texts. It features a four-row QWERTY keyboard that can be hidden behind its 3.2-inch QVGA (480 x 320) touchscreen. The device supports this carrier’s Group Text services, which makes it easy to exchange Text messages to multiple recipients.
This Samsung smartphone runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) on a 600 MHz processor. It has 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, as well as a 3 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot.
At this point, the Samsung Gravity Smart is available only from T-Mobile’s webstore, while the Exhibit 4G can be found online and in this carrier’s retail locations.