T-Mobile Springboard Hands-on, Will The Low Price Entice You?

We’ve seen the T-Mobile Springboard in the wild, we’ve seen it appear on T-Mobile’s website and we’ve seen the leaked press shot but we haven’t seen a video hands on. Well now we have thanks to the folks attending CTIA 2011 in San Diego. Our very own Hairon Baker is giving about an 80 second look at the future Huawei tablet arriving on T-Mobile which is going to sit on store shelves at just below the $200 mark.

Wait, you wanted more than one video? Well great as we’ve included the boys from Android Central who are also giving us a video hands on. There isn’t much here we don’t already know as Huawei has confirmed the 7″ IPS display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor, 5 megapixel camera on the back and 1.3 megapixels on the front and 720p HD video recording.

Huawei and T-Mobile are promising an “affordable” price but we know what it’s going to be, $199.99 with a two-year contract. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be a secret much longer. How can it stay secret for long if it’s launching in a month anyway? This one is going to be a perfect stocking stuffer.

PhoneDog, Android Central

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  • Technogen

    Is that 199.99 with a 2yr contract for it?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Of course…

      • Anonymous

        So im guessing its (about) $400 sans contract? Am I right?

        • Anonymous

          i hope so.

        • Girth Brooks

          At least $500… why would it be less than some phones that have smaller screens and less features?

        • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

          Cuz it’s Wuawei.
          They have phone in Asia appx. US$200 and with pretty good spec.
          Keep in mind that this is off contract price.

          Not that I would buy one yet…..but it’s allowing people who does not want to spend much, play with smartphone.

        • Anonymous

          because smaller is more espensive

      • Anonymous

        So im guessing its (about) $400 sans contract? Am I right?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Of course…

  • Anonymous

    What’s the point of having a tablet on contract if you already have a phone on contract?  Isn’t that a pointless monthly expense?  Just my opinion.

  • JeffBezos

    So….for $199, can’t you get the Kindle Fire (7″ color android tablet)?  I think it’s WIFI only, but if you were able to tether it to your TMo phone….

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think you get the regular Android Market with the Fire.  I think they are expecting to make up for the ~$50-100 they lose per tablet by having you buy any content through the Amazon Market.  They probably have it locked down in various other ways as well.  Still, a $200 tablet does sound quite tempting so long as there is no monthly fee on top.

      • Jcj1

        The amazon market has alot of same apps anyway so isn’t a big deal

  • JeffBezos

    So….for $199, can’t you get the Kindle Fire (7″ color android tablet)?  I think it’s WIFI only, but if you were able to tether it to your TMo phone….

  • Chad

    I was all for the price of this tablet and I’m still considering it (I’m between this and the 7in tab or 10in tab) but I dont see the point of buying a tablet on 2yr contract, especially if you have a phone with tethering/hotspot features(which I do). I rather buy a wifi model of the tablet and just pay 14.99 on my phone contract to turn on tether/hotspot instead of opening another contract. My opinion

    • Chad

      Then again I may just wait for the wi-fi model of the new Toshiba Excite (AT200), slimmest, more ports..just waiting on price and performance

  • Paul

    It’s overpriced at 200 on contract, they’re expecting you not to do your research.  Look at your 2-year expense compared to the Asus…

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Well, most customer can’t do basic math in USA…..so…yeah.
      Most people like $199 phones….when you tell them buying at full price and get cheaper plans….their head explodes…

      But to be fair…only T-mo offers cheaper plans if you get your phone at full price…
      So blame both the dumb customers and greedy carriers to help make the wireless industry in USA the way it is now…

      • TmoRep

        “when you tell them buying at full price and get cheaper plans….their head explodes…”
        LMAO!! unfortunately thats true, as is the rest of your post.

  • Anonymous

    $199 is a good price and all, but you forget that’s AFTER a $100 or $200 rebate. Not to mention the ONLY way you can get that rebate is if you add a credit card to your account for automatic payments. If you dont add an EasyPay to the account at the time of sale, you will not receive a rebate. Thats still close to $400 dollars or so up front and $199 IF you get your rebate. The rebates are the downer and you also pay the full tax on the retail price without rebate, not the tax on $199.

    • you’re crazy ktwist

      I have never heard of having to set up easypay to receive a mail in rebate.  As far as the taxes go you only pay tax on the full retail price if you are in a couple of states (Nevada and California) if I’m not mistaken.

      • Anonymous

        This is a new policy implemented a few months ago. Go into any t-mobile and its written on the price cards in small print. If you don’t ask they sometimes won’t even tell you depending on rep. As long as you thought you were getting $200 back in the mail for the G-Slate in 4-6 weeks, it’s all good. By that time it’s too late because your 14 or (30 California) days has passed and you can’t return it. I’m always up front with my customers and make sure they KNOW they have to sign up for EasyPay in order to get the rebate. In this Economy, question everything and read small print.
        The taxes, your right about state to state.

        • Okayherewegonow

          your a moron. the full tax is only when you do value and you pay full price price over time. and it is not too late if you do not add easypay. if your rebate is rejected for not having easypay, you can add it and resubmit rebate.

        • Anonymous

          Lol ok. Can’t help the ignorance on your part.

  • Anonymous

    LOL who seriously buys a tablet from a phone carrier?
    Bend over and lube up. 

    • DumbMoney

      The same people who have bad credit and pay $30 a week for the rest of their lives to own a computer.  

      • Dfireballwow

        Hey thats not nice. I can’t help that my small business failed. My apple juice stand just didn’t work like I thought it would next to to starbucks.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Oh Robert, such a dynamite drop-in.

  • DumbMoney

    I’d rather just get the iPad 2 Wifi model for $499 and be done with it.  

    I don’t what these Android OEM’s are smoking but full MSRP for any of their buggy slow devices should not be more than what Apple charges unless it’s truly a waaaay better product.  

    $400 full retail would be a fair price for this IF it could be used on those new prepaid $30 plans from Wal-Mart

    Paying $30 per month x 24 months + the cost of the hardware after rebate means you pay almost a grand for this bad boy.  Not worth getting this on contract.  Dumb money.

  • Frigadroid

    Nope wouldn’t entice me. I’m only enticed by high tech cutting edge devices the best of the best only the cream of the crop. I’m waiting to get the Green Genius the details are sketchy right now but my friend at NASA has informed me that NASA in Collaboration with GE and Google will debut the first solar powered tablet and smart phone made at appliance park right here in the USA in the 3rd quarter of 2012. Word is that they won’t be cheap either $1500+ due to production cost of some sort of new perpetual magneto oscillator technique still in development so I doubt tmobile will be carrying it.

  • Rgf2772

    Everyone seems to have forgotton that with the contrct comes cellular data. Yes you could use your phones hotspot but then you burning through your phones data or have to up your data allowance. Me, I prefer to be able to turn on my tab and do what I need to when I need to. Would you by a phone that didn’t have cell data only wifi?

    • Praqseven

      Yeah but which way you do it you still have to buy a  data plan have the galaxy tab and have to pay for data and had to pay for an aditional texting plan.

  • Rgf2772

    Everyone seems to have forgotton that with the contrct comes cellular data. Yes you could use your phones hotspot but then you burning through your phones data or have to up your data allowance. Me, I prefer to be able to turn on my tab and do what I need to when I need to. Would you by a phone that didn’t have cell data only wifi?

  • A_fkn_comedian

    I’d rather have a Kindle Fire for $199 with no contract, 3G/cameras aren’t that important to me.

  • CMPunk

    My biggest concern here is Huawei.  The manufacturer makes all of T-Mobile’s most generic devices. Still, I have yet to try a “major” device like the one listed.

    But, I would much rather wait for the Galaxy Tab.

  • Anonymous

    That is the rebate info for phones not tablets. This is new policy to get rebates on tablets, due to people rolling these payments on there bill and not paying and fraud. Again i work at tmobile and this is policy in store now, just trying to let people know. Ask David if you don’t believe me, all rebates on tablets now require easypay on the account. So again I’m not the ignorant one here.