T-Mobile Announces The HTC Amaze 4G

Chalk up another T-Mobile exclusive with the official unveiling of the HTC Amaze 4G, previously known to the world as the HTC Ruby. One of two announcements today for T-Mobile featuring smartphones capable of taking advantage of the HSPA+ 42Mbps capable market the Amaze 4G features one of the most advanced camera experiences of any smartphone. The Amaze 4G is the latest in a line of T-Mobile’s advanced camera phones joining the myTouch 4G Slide and is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, 1080p video, backside illuminated sensor for low-light performance, zero shutter lag and dual-led flash along with some advanced camera features:

  • SmartShot: capturing five photos and creates the best shot using clear faces with smiles and no blinking
  • PerfectPics: a separate album in the gallery created by scoring and filtering the best photos to the surface, prioritizes photos using criteria such as important calendar events, presence of faces and overall image quality
  • Additional features include SweetShot, ClearShot HDR and BurstShot

As we first discovered the Amaze 4G comes with two dedicated buttons for both dedicated camera capturing and video recording. Sharing photos is simple and easy with a one-touch access to post to Flickr, Picasa and Facebook.

The Amaze 4G runs on Android 2.3.4 featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with a 1.5GHz dual-core cpu with the HTC Sense experience. A 4.3″ qHD super LCD allows you to take advantage of T-Mobile TV, HTC watch and additional video apps available through the Android Market. As an extra bonus the Amaze 4G is NFC ready for wireless searching, information sharing and sometime in the not so distant future, mobile payments.

The HTC Amaze 4G will be available through an online pre-sale beginning October 10th with in-store arrival on October 12. The Amaze 4G will come at $259.99 after a $50.00 mail in rebate with a two year agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.

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  • Blargh

    This will definitely be my next phone!

  • Ohmygodlookatthoseprices

    Why is T-Mobile pricing their phones so high in comparison to the competition?  Not a huge deal for me but for others yeah.  This is where T-Mobile loses everytime.  Freaking high prices with required MIR’s.  

    $309.99 plus CA. sales tax were looking at nearly $400 out the door for a device on a 2 year contract. Rip off T-Mobile.  

    More large exodus of postpaid customers for this quarter is in order apparently.  It’s like T-Mobile is doing this on purpose. 

    • http://tmonews.com David

      They aren’t…4G smartphones on Verizon are equal price…clearly the bar is being raised for pricing along with the speeds. They aren’t alone on this increase.

    • BigMixxx

      Really?  Comparative spec’d phones from Verizon cost…I’ll wait….

      AT&T?  We have to wait, yet again…

      Sprint? Waiting yet again.

      IMHO, and don’t kill me on this. This is another first for t mobile. These are some seriously fast phones, with some high potential for speed. So that average 8 down, means anything over 5, max 20 means we might see some decent speeds during peak traffic periods….

      I may give up my g2x…

    • M7

      You are better off paying the MSRP than getting a qualified plan w/2 year contract.

      Lets say that HTC or S2 will MSRP (at most) for $600 + 10% tax (estimate) that’s $660 OTD.

      W/2 year contract you pay $310 + $31 tax = $341 OTD (or $291 after a 90 day wait for rebate $$$)-sounds like better deal, think again.

      In order to receive the instant discount w/2 year contract you need to get a qualifying plan.

      A qualifying plan is exactly the same thing as a value plan, except it costs $20 more per month.

      So after 24 months the phone will cost you $291 + $480 = $771 (or even more due to higher monthly taxes & surcharges).

      Chances are that the MSRP will only be $500 and that T-mobile will come to it’s senses and will only charge $200 (just like crapTT & sprint) after a mail in rebate.

      You will still be better off paying the MSRP up front.  My $0.02.

      • Vikingjunior

        Thanks for the math….The SG2 is $529.00 MSRP. I don’t see the MSRP for the Amaze.
        I too think the Amaze has a little better form factor. The SG2 is wide and with a case forget about.

      • Vikingjunior

        Thanks for the math….The SG2 is $529.00 MSRP. I don’t see the MSRP for the Amaze.
        I too think the Amaze has a little better form factor. The SG2 is wide and with a case forget about.

      • Vikingjunior

        Thanks for the math….The SG2 is $529.00 MSRP. I don’t see the MSRP for the Amaze.
        I too think the Amaze has a little better form factor. The SG2 is wide and with a case forget about.

        • Anonymous

          MSRP for the Amaze is $579.99

  • lambchop101

    are you going to do an SII vs Amaze review? would love to see that! 

  • http://twitter.com/quahog_convo quahog_convo

    I want to replace my Sensation with this, only because of the dedicated camera button >.<

  • Psaux

    Any word on what the invoice price is going to be?

  • Ohgeez

    This is going to be a tough decision. Galaxy S2 or HTC Amaze. They are both spec’d out equally…internally. So the deciding factors (for me) are 4.5″ screen vs 4.3″, TouchWiz vs Sense, and then the photo application.

    If both phones are equally as quick, then I think that the sensation might edge it out for me.

    Why? 

    1.) Form Factor. I love how the Sensation fits/feels in the hand. The Sammy might be a little wide.
    2.) I use video and camera a lot on my phones. Will dig the dedicated keys
    3.) I have a Galaxy S4 and I like Sense a little more than Touch wiz

    The lucky part for me is……I work for TMO so i will have some “hands on” time with these phones before they hit the shelves and enough time with both to fully make up my mind. :D

  • Anonymous

    Dude. 42mbps phones… Anyone would be stupid to get an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 and run it at 2G EDGE speeds on Tmobile service when there are options like this!

    • Antoinetrenton2003

      I know this is my next phone I need a upgrade from my touch 4g

    • Anonymous

      people like their iOS, just ask david (im not being snarky, im just making a point.  I wouldnt bash david in any post ever.)  Just get this phone, root it, and slap MIUI on it and its the next best thing.

    • Anonymous

      people like their iOS, just ask david (im not being snarky, im just making a point.  I wouldnt bash david in any post ever.)  Just get this phone, root it, and slap MIUI on it and its the next best thing.

  • anonymous

    I wish this came in the same color as the Sensation :(. I bet we’ll see another Sensation for Free midnight sale very soon ;) Any takers for a free Sensation?

  • JmC987

    Is an updated MT4G… basically 

    • CRT24

      I think updated sensation would be a more accurate description

      • Dvaughn88

        No more like the Sensation and the MT4G had a bastard child! I think it was a marriage of both of their designs and specs, and then updated. 

      • Dvaughn88

        No more like the Sensation and the MT4G had a bastard child! I think it was a marriage of both of their designs and specs, and then updated. 

    • CRT24

      I think updated sensation would be a more accurate description

  • Auser72

    I was hoping it was a Beats by Dre phone, for better Speaker. But still a beautiful phone.

    • whateve

      I was hoping it was a bong by Chong for, for better…whatever.

      • Jing Ting

        LMAO!

  • ogopogo

    Wow. I’m not in the market for a new phone until the AT&T/Tmo takeover is decided, but I have to admit, this is a really nice looking phone.

    • batman

      so you’re not going to buy a phone for 2 years?

      Court case for DOJ suit is Feb 2012. Add another 6 months for appeal. Then the FCC will finally deny it, and Att  will appeal that, another 6 months. 

    • batman

      so you’re not going to buy a phone for 2 years?

      Court case for DOJ suit is Feb 2012. Add another 6 months for appeal. Then the FCC will finally deny it, and Att  will appeal that, another 6 months. 

  • jarjon76

    Terrible price for this phone. Smartphones should be no more than $200.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      it should if its cutting edge and the highest mbps,

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      it should if its cutting edge and the highest mbps,

  • http://profiles.google.com/demmelha Dan Emmelhainz

    Any idea what the screen resolution will look like? 

  • http://profiles.google.com/demmelha Dan Emmelhainz

    Any idea what the screen resolution will look like? 

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      960 by 540

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      960 by 540

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      960 by 540

  • http://profiles.google.com/demmelha Dan Emmelhainz

    Any idea what the screen resolution will look like? 

  • http://profiles.google.com/demmelha Dan Emmelhainz

    Any idea what the screen resolution will look like? 

  • http://profiles.google.com/demmelha Dan Emmelhainz

    Any idea what the screen resolution will look like? 

  • Skiphles

    Is this AT&T Merger proof? IE does it have the AT&T spectrum banding just in case?

    • Ryan

      I’m curious about this as well.

    • Ryan

      I’m curious about this as well.

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      No it doesn’t have AT&T bands, but it really doesn’t matter even if the “merger” goes through.  It won’t be official until at least April, and then it will be about three to four years before T-Mobile bands will no longer work.  You basically have a good five years before any T-Mobile banded phone will be no good.  I’m sure you will want a new phone by then. :-)

  • Skiphles

    Is this AT&T Merger proof? IE does it have the AT&T spectrum banding just in case?

  • Plympton

    Funny how the volume rocker is on the opposite side… just curious.

  • Plympton

    Funny how the volume rocker is on the opposite side… just curious.

    • Oreo

      I really like the position of the volume rocker. Maybe they will use it for a zoom in/out on the camera. Also the charge port is on the other side which would enable me to hold the phone in my right hand.

  • None

    Is the glass concase like the sensation or flat??  I cannot tell.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Flat

  • whatever

    Smdh why is this phone so damn high?

  • Austinclock

    How much will it be MSRP?

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      $550.00 

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      $550.00 

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

    any one know how much  RAM it has?

    • CRT24

      1 gig and 16 gig onboard storage

    • CRT24

      1 gig and 16 gig onboard storage

    • CRT24

      1 gig and 16 gig onboard storage

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

    any one know how much  RAM it has?

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

    any one know how much  RAM it has?

  • Jazz

    the speaker looks like the my touch series

  • Youngt82

    I gotta say thats one of the ugliest wierdest wallpaper ive seen haha

  • Youngt82

    I gotta say thats one of the ugliest wierdest wallpaper ive seen haha

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  • Derrickps3

    looks like a mytough 4g

  • The Architect(of the matrix)

    I think this is where I get off the
    ”chasing the next best thing train” I’m going to settle on the amaze and won’t even consider buying a new phone until my bday in march..

    I’m liking everything I’ve read/seen about this device.. Its like htc and tmobile combined everything I liked about the mt4g, mt4gs, and sensation into one phone.. The upgraded memory and battery, is the icing on the cake(for me)

    Now I can focus on what (psuedo) tablet will best fit my needs; the galaxy note or what ever amazon is cooking up.. Hmmm.. End rant

  • Minioninnc

    Sense 3.0 or 3.5?

    • J-Hop2o6

      3.0 for now.

  • Rr2

    This might keep me with TMo… but we’ll see.

  • Rr2

    This might keep me with TMo… but we’ll see.

  • http://www.twitter.com/aemr Andre’ MindYoBusiness

    I’d never pay that much for a damn phone. I did for my Sensation and I would never again, besides that iPhone 5 is itching closer and closer. The sales on that are about to hit the ROOF when it releases next month. I’m a fandroid, but I needa break from Android OS.

  • Might Get This One

    HDMI out!

  • Might Get This One

    HDMI out!

  • Might Get This One

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  • Might Get This One

    HDMI out!

  • George

    According to Eric Zeman of phonescoop (http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=8911), retail price will be $550.  If there’s no iPhone 4S coming to TMO next month, I’m leaning towards this phone; I think the SGS2 4.5″ is a bit much.

  • George

    According to Eric Zeman of phonescoop (http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=8911), retail price will be $550.  If there’s no iPhone 4S coming to TMO next month, I’m leaning towards this phone; I think the SGS2 4.5″ is a bit much.

  • George

    Retail price is $550 per Eric Zeman at phonescoop.

  • John B

    I love the MyTouch slide 4g for the camera, but hate how small the screen is! the performance of the device is awesome! I also have the Sensation and Love the size of my screen, but really struggle without the dedicated camera button. it just sucks having to tap the screen.
    So now I’m stuck with another similar decision to make w/ the new Galaxy s 2 or Amaze. Amaze will have a phenomenal camera w/ dedicated camcorder/ camera buttons, where the Galaxy is dual umts for ATT / Tmobile 4g networks. So looking post merger or merger blockage if they do network sharing the galaxy s 2 will be an awesome decision…. oh how hard it is. :( overall Tmobile def is proving to offer the best phone line up of all the carriers!!! Keep it up!

  • Daddym469

    Ok, I am presently a long time T mobile Subscriber. Does anyone remember when they were Voicestream and the best rate plan was the 3000 get more plan??? Now that I got my memory lane paved and painted, here is my comment about this Amaze handset. First of all isn’t very strange how many of us rely pretty heavily on this site for information. Yes, I realize it say’s, “unofficial news”, but that doesn’t keep any of us from quoting what we read here. So I am very Amazed(Not the relation) that over the past few weeks NOTHING was ever noted and or speculated pertaining to the release of this phone being released today…Yet here it is and even more interesting is it’s pairing with a very similar speced phone in the Galaxy S 2. My gripe is how reliable is this site really??? Don’t get me wrong having a glimpse at something new is fun and intruiging, but why  was there not even an small idea this was coming….? The only launch i was aware of this week was the BB9360 announced last week. I personally believe T mobile and it’s current opereations have been compromised with this ATT crap. The y seem to be more interested in making all of the changes and less interested in running T mobile like a thriving company. Aquisition or not, the phone bills have not stopped coming!! It appears they get it wrong on the choice and timing of handsets they choose to release. They appear to not want a great up to date phone in the range of $400. It’s alway’ 300 or 500 plus! Whats so funny about the pricing structure is all of the pricing is built around the rate plan, which allows them to inflate or deflate the price for there own benefit. Some of you wont understand that because you simply are not paying attention. This Amaze phone on my value plan in my estimate will retail for 609.00
    That breaks down to 279.99 down payment if you have have classic or 309(279.99+50 rebate, you cover at the time of sale.) A rebate YOU MAY OR MAY NOT EVEN GET BACK, THATS JUST WRONG, BUT GREAT FOR MAKING EXTRA CASH OFF YOUR CUSTOMER BASE. Then for value, because ALL value plan phone are purchased in conjuction with a 300 installment plan, which breaks down to 15$ for the next 20 months added to your bill. Now that they wont go back to court until next year, now they decide to release two very highly priced phones on the same day. I find it all AMAZINGLY WRONG, AND TO TOP IT OFF THE VALUE PLAN IS VERY CHEAP CONSIDERING, BUT IF IM PAYING 600$ FOR YOUR BEST DEVICE…THAT 49.99 PER LINE ON A FAMILY UNLIM PLAN STARTS TO LOOK VERY INSIGNIFICANT. THINK ABOUT IT AND LETS NOT FORGET THOSE PRICES ARE BEING OFFERED ONLY UNDER A BINDING TWO YEAR AGREEMENT…

    • Noel Kaeno Chavez

      I agree with Daddym 469 on the value of these “New” phones with there plans…
      Im currently 6 month tmobie customer (previously boost, and Verizon before that) even as a flexpay customer looking into the 2 contract options I have been offered (one being a value plan).
      [2 weeks back when i was interested in getting the Sensation]
       I am a flexpay customer (prepay) and was just offered the option to go Post-Pay (one of 2 plan options they offered me), with a option to a upgrade phone. I sat on the phone with there customer service agent (that i also have words about, but ill stay on topic) for 45min having her try to explain to me the upgrade and how it works vs the pro’s and con’s of currently staying as a flexpay account. Diverting me in every way on my total out of pocket expense for the phone. didnt make sense to me paying 259.00 AND a monthly payment for 20 months. So I went to store location where I can speak to someone that speaks my language. Apparently I have to sign a 2yr contract and have that contract for 7 days before i can add a “upgrade” phone. so I don’t get a phone at 259.99, i actually pay full price for it over a 20 period and being locked into a 2yr contract. I could of taken plan #2 and get it at 259.99 but my monthly service payments would of been the same as plan #1. Just didn’t sound to appealing for the sensation.
      Now to be honest.
      [once i heard about HTC amaze and phone specs]
      I will look deeper into my options and i may go for it. but its just a tad more appealing then the sensation.
      They know what there doing when it comes to playing with numbers, Daddym469 explained it better then i could. I would just say it don’t make sense.. risk vs reward vs product value over time. Flexpay with my rooted Defy works great… but I would like a more powerful smartphone.

      I would of respected tmobile more if they would point out the cons soon as they felt I would have an issue Or “Our there any other questions you have on the total cost of the upgrade?” Instead of diverting the question or phrasing an answer so i have to rephrase the question. I think I need to take a communication class.  /rant over. ty for listening.

  • Daddym469

    Correction, Ok I am 99.9% Sure of the pricing I am about to post based soley on the terms of both the VALUE AND CLASSIC PLANS. i want to post this to put a reality on what two very high performance phones will cost. Make no question both the Amaze and GS2 are two phones with the highest specifications ever offered, with the Amaze being the higher of the two.
    Ok, I am a value plan customer. That means I can ONLY BUY THIS PHONE AT FULL RETAIL PRICE.
    The Amaze is being shown for 259.99 AFTER a 50$ rebate..THAT MEANS IF YOU ARE A VALUE CUSTOMER YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO THAT 50$ PENDING YOUR RETURN OF THE REBATE INFOR MATION, So somewhat deceptive to the unknowing, A value customer will have to pay $ 309.00 plus local taxes to leave the store with the phone! Throw in a case and screen protector and you’ll be very close to 400$ easy! THAT OTHER 300$ OF THE 609, WILL BE DEFERRED FOR THE NEXT 20 MONTHS 2 15$ PER MONTH. THE GALAXY S 2 WOULD BE 229 PLUS 50$ REBAT PLUS TAXES..SAME DRILL, BUT BEFORE TAXES IT WILL BE 579.99. So for those of you serious about these phones, like the new bb9900, $ 600 seems to be the going rate for phones of this caliber, and we can than apple and att for this since appes customers are more concerned with experience and quality over price in my opinion. Again my pricing reltaes to Value plan buyers only!

  • big D

    i thiught it comes out the 11th

  • Noel Kaeno Chavez

    I’m curious… I have a flexpay account with Tmobo, and I was told that I can go to post pay account now. Im interested in getting this phone with a 2 yr agreement, but my new post pay account has to be open for 7 days before i can get a phone. I sat and talked with reps when i wanted sensation, but now id like to get this one. think im going to call tmobo see what my steps are.