T-Mobile USA has announced its second Android phone today which will go on sale at the beginning of August. Dubbed the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, it appears to be the same phone we saw in a leaked shot of the carrier’s inventory system at the beginning of May. In essence, the myTouch 3G is a slightly modified HTC Magic, an Android smartphone currently shipping in Europe.
The myTouch 3G has a similar form factor to the iPhone, sporting a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Unlike T-Mobile’s first Android phone, the G1 which was released last October, the myTouch 3G won’t have a physical keyboard instead having a virtual keypad. Like the G1 the myTouch 3G will be packed with Google software and applications, likely including some of the company’s new location-based services such as Latitude. It will also include a new application called Sherpa which learns from your preferences and locations to offer personalized options and suggestions.
Other features include:
- 4.45 inches x 2.19 inches x 0.58 inches (shorter and thinner than the G1)
- 4.1 ounces (compared to 5.6 ounces for the G1)
- instant messaging support for Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and AOL
- Exchange ActiveSync support for corporate servers
- 6 hours talk time (less than G1) but 600 hours standby (compared to 319 for the G1)
- customizable wallpapers, icons and menus
- ability to create personalized skins and shells
The myTouch 3G, manufactured by HTC, will cost $199 with a 2-year contract. It will hit retail stores in early August, but existing T-Mobile customers who pre-order the phone will receive their shipments July 29.