Samsung Behold II - Android Powered and Due This Year
Engadget is reporting today that a PR rep contacted them with information on the Samsung Behold II handset.Â Due out “in time for the holidays”, the phone will mesh their TouchWiz UI with Android to deliver a completely unique experience.Â
The main screen seems to be run with use of a rotating cube.Â It will be interesting to see if the 6 sides can be customized or if they are predetermined.
There are no links or press releases to point to substantiate this yet, but a few specs have been made public. Skip to the end for the press release copied from TmoNews.
Here’s what is know so far…
- Touch Only
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, and video recording
- 3.2-inch AMOLED display
- Bluetooth 2.1
- microSD expansion up to 16GB
It sounds silly to say something like this, but we’re stoked at an Android handset that has a camera with a flash.Â Been a long time comin’.
The phone is yet another Android-powered handset headed for T-Mobile.
Be sure to check back for more information on this one as it becomes available!
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SAMSUNG MOBILE AND T-MOBILE USA INTRODUCE SAMSUNG BEHOLDÂ® II
Samsungâ€™s First JointÂ Androidâ„¢-Powered Mobile Phone from Samsung and T-Mobile Offers Rich Internet, Multimedia Experience
DALLAS, and BELLEVUE, WASH. â€” Oct. 5, 2009 â€” 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 BeholdÂ® II powered by Android. The Behold II is a full touch-screen phone integrating the open and innovative Android platform
from Open Handset Allianceâ„¢ with Samsungâ€™s next generation TouchWizâ„¢ user interface and T-Mobileâ€™s high-speed 3G network for a rich mobile experience.
Following the success of its predecessor, the Samsung BeholdÂ®, 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.Â In addition, the Behold II is equipped with Samsungâ€™s innovative TouchWiz user interface, allowing easy customization with widgets located in a slide out tray on the left side of the home screen andÂ providing one-touch access to a customerâ€™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. Samsungâ€™s intuitive cube menu also provides quick access to six top multimedia features, including music, photos, videos, the Web, YouTubeâ„¢ and Amazon MP3 for music downloads.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to announce Samsungâ€™s first Android-powered device with T-Mobile in the U.S.,â€ said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile. â€œThe 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.â€
â€œT-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,â€ said Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA.Â â€œThe premium screen and quality camera coupled with Samsungâ€™s innovative cube menu makes the Behold II aÂ multimedia powerhouse thatâ€™s made even stronger by T-Mobileâ€™s high-speed 3G network.â€
The Behold II will keep customers organized and entertained with access to built-in Googleâ„¢ mobile services, including Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, YouTube and Google Talkâ„¢ as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from Android Marketâ„¢. 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 BluetoothÂ® 2.1.