Samsung Behold II Announced for T-Mobile, Android is Confirmed
Oddly enough, I just got an email from Samsung late tonight with an official announcement: the Samsung Behold II , aka the T939, is on its way to T-Mobile USA, and it will have a few goodies.
The Behold II will indeed have Android. Most rumors had pointed toward the Behold being an Android handset, but it is nice to know that Samsung has officially confirmed this now. Samsung will actually be integrating its proprietary Touchwiz UI into Android.
It will also be packing:
- 3.2″ AMOLED full touchscreen
- T-Mo 3G
- Up to 16 GB expandable memory
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Visual Voicemail
- 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash and video capabilities
So that’s the basic info from the press release, though we’ll include it underneath some smooth-looking press shots.
Samsung’s First Joint Android™-Powered Mobile Phone from Samsung and T-Mobile Offers Rich Internet, Multimedia Experience
DALLAS, and BELLEVUE, WASH. — Oct. 5, 2009 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 phone provider in the U.S. 2, and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Behold® II powered by Android. The Behold II is a full touch-screen phone integrating the open and innovative Android platform from Open Handset Alliance™ with Samsung’s next generation TouchWiz™ user interface and T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a rich mobile experience.
Following the success of its predecessor, the Samsung Behold®, the Behold II will be available exclusively from T-Mobile and is currently scheduled to launch before the start of the holidays. The sleek touch-screen phone is the first from T-Mobile USA to feature a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, which provides crisper colors and wider viewing angles. In addition, the Behold II is equipped with Samsung’s innovative TouchWiz user interface, allowing easy customization with widgets located in a slide out tray on the left side of the home screen and providing one-touch access to a customer’s favorite and most commonly used features and applications. The Behold II offers three different home screens to drag and drop widgets onto the screen and organize the different workspaces with favorite widgets and application shortcuts. Samsung’s intuitive cube menu also provides quick access to six top multimedia features, including music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTube™ and Amazon MP3 for music downloads.
“We’re excited to announce Samsung’s first Android-powered device with T-Mobile in the U.S.,” said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile. “The Behold II follows the success of the Behold that launched last year taking the device and user experience to the next level with the Android platform, a large 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, next generation TouchWiz user interface and customization capabilities and premium features.”
“T-Mobile continues to expand our line-up of Android-powered phones in time for the holiday season with the addition of the Samsung Behold II,” said Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA. “The premium screen and quality camera coupled with Samsung’s innovative cube menu makes the Behold II a multimedia powerhouse that’s made even stronger by T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network.”
The Behold II will keep customers organized and entertained with access to built-in Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube and Google Talk™ as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from Android Market™. The Wi-Fi-enabled Behold II also supports personal email and corporate email with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging. Additional features include a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities, visual voicemail which allows customers to listen to voicemails in order of preference, MP3 player, up to 16GB of external memory, assisted GPS and Bluetooth® 2.1.