T-Mobile USA might be waiting for AT&T to get approved on the huge merger, but the company is not waiting around to release new smartphones. The company announced today that the new Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be released this week for only $29.99 after rebate and a new two-year contract. If you would like to buy the phone without any contract you will be paying about $200. The new smartphone will be priced comparable to other high-end phones offered by other carriers with a two year contract.
The price being listed at $29.99 certainly is likely to get the attention of just about everyone that is looking to upgrade on the T-Mobile USA network. The decision to bring the price down that low is certainly a sign that competition on prices among other networks is being felt throughout the mobile industry. According to the news, the Samsung Exhibit II will be the first 4G smartphone that is sold at Wal-Mart stores without an annual contract, it goes on sale there on Thursday. The new smartphone will be available at T-Mobile USA stores by the 2nd of November. The phone will be running on T-Mobile’s 4G network with download speeds around 10Mbps.
Features on the Samsung Exhibit II 4G are nice and they include a huge 3.7-inch WVGA touch screen and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. The 1Ghz processor will be a nice upgrade even though more high-end smartphones are running dual core clocked at 1.2Ghz or higher. The Exhibit will be running the Android 2.3 operating system, also known as Gingerbread, so that feature is a little of out date as well. With Android 4.0 coming down the pipe pretty quickly, the 2.3 version is almost more out of date than you want to be.
The new Samsung has a 3MP camera on the backside and a front side camera for video chat, etc. That is a little lower quality than the typical 8MP camera we see on smartphones today. The phone does support Wi-Fi, so that is a nice feature. If you are sitting around with a feature phone or regular cell phone, the VP of product management says that the Samsung Exhibit gives you plenty of reasons to “step up to the benefits of a 4G smartphone.” The Exhibit is rich with features and comes with access to TV and movies through the Samsung Media Hub.