New Samsung Android Phone Coming


Well, well, what do we have here?  It looks like a new Samsung phone has received approval by the Bluetooth SIG.  See that “T” with three numbers after it, yeah, that means it is T-Mobile bound.  Now, the sheet is a bit misleading, stating that it is the T959 and then later the T939.  Either way, it should be an interesting Samsung phone.  Speculation has it that this is the Galaxy S, but since that passed the FCC as the i897 I’m not so sure.  As of now, the rumored specs include the Android OS, the TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Bluetooth 3.0, a 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and possible a 1 GHz processor (if it does follow the Galaxy S).  Sounds great and all, but isn’t it about time that we see some HSPA+ phones to compete with that HTC EVO 4G?  As always, leave your thoughts in the comments!


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  • Gabe

    You say SuperAMOLED screen but i only see it stated as an AMOLED screen on the spec sheet???

  • Tower

    I hope this means that we got some kind of Version of the Galaxy S for Tmobile, or at least some high end Android Phone.

  • john

    Its about time…this is going to be nice. I have the HD2, but I’m going to get this one…OMG!

    • Rolo

      So John, r u tired of the HD2r already??

      • HR

        I know I am. Buggy software, no good browsers, no apps and poor email.

        If this is released I’m selling my HD2 on craigslist.

      • john

        No good browser? Have you tried Pinch to zoom and flash player.

    • greg

      I’m bored with my HD2, haha this one sounds little better, o and has android!

    • tortionist

      I agree, I played with a friend’s HD2. It’s so laggy and unresponsive. My G1 was more responsive. The HD2 was very unimpressive. To me, personally, it’s junk. I’ll take a g1 any day now over it, or the MT3G,oh wait. I have both of those not being used now.

  • Lance

    This is pretty good news, I just really wish they would just ditch the TouchWiz thing…

    • Andrew

      look at the UI in the pictures, that is touchwiz 3.0, very iPhone-y really

      • Lance

        Ehh….i mean to each his own, but Im not a fan. I mean I love using Apple products, but if I wanted an iPhone id buy one. They really need to get hop off the apple interface bandwagon and come up with their own thing (or stick to vanilla android, even better), that is why I chose android in the first place!

      • Cybersedan

        Very iCrapy to be more precise… I wonder if they do that as a way to woo current iPhone users by giving them something that looks simple and familiar.

        Personally I prefer plain old Android to any of these custom UIs, and if I wanted an iCrap I’d buy one… I hope it’s something you can disable cause that’s the first thing I’d do.

      • shawn1224

        Dude it’s the fk’n menu select screen, not the UI. HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU ARRANGE A GRID OF ICONS NOT TO LOOK LIKE THE IPHONE HOMESCREEN?

        You still get 5-7 homepages with widgets galore, how the hell is that like the iphone?

  • Richard

    I much rather see the Desire than this. TouchWiz is ugly. I hope they bring the Desire to TMo. If not then rooting the N1 to the Desire Touch Sense will be the way for to go foe me.

    • AJ

      the desire is coming later this year according to the rep at my local t-mo store

  • Laz

    I would love to see a android version of the HD2 that will support HSPA+! The EVO and this dream TMO android beast would put a dent in VZW and AT&T customer base…

  • NiiDiddy

    Sweet. I like the fact that we now have all these larger screens coming to TMO. Thats what I’ve been waiting on for quite sometime now after getting the first MT3G. Now I will eventuall have a variety to choose from. Anything from 3.7in + screen is good!!! We live to see what this actually turns out to be.

  • Scott

    I wish they would ditch Touchwiz. Otherwise it sounds like a compelling offering.


      I’m pretty sure you can turn off touch wiz =]

  • Chris

    Wonder how long this will take before it comes out?

  • Ryan

    This is going to be the Behold III. Cutting edge next gen 528mhz cpu, massive 64mb of ram for your favorite app, massive 4″ 320×240 screen, only $199!!

    • Andrew

      if only you knew how wrong you were, but I digress

      • Ryan

        It’s called sarcasm, I was joking.

    • DME

      PROTIP: Being negative doesn’t cause people to respect you.

      • Ryan

        PROTIP: Neither does a gay avatar

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I assume this is a joke… or you have to stop reading Readers Digest as your source for tech news.

      • Ryan

        I read TOO MUCH tech news. This is why I’m cynical. From what I’ve seen, this will have an ARM11 cpu and will NOT be the Galaxy S as the Galaxy S only has AT&T frequencies per the FCC. When someone can link me a superphone passing the FCC with tmobile frequencies, I will start to “believe”.

        People love to post rumors preying on our hopes and prayers of getting a decent android phone on Tmobile when the fact of the matter is that Tmobile isn’t going to bring us ANYTHING until the HSPA+ phone arrives for the holidays. And even then, it may not be an android phone. My guess is it will be Winmo 6.5 or 7 or maybe Symbian 3. That’s just how tmobile does it.

  • Vit

    Isn’t T939 is for sale already as Behold II?

    • Andrew

      you are correct, the T939 is the behold 2

  • Jonathan

    And a Google search for the phone shows that it has a ARM11 processor.


    • Jonathan

      And might I add… Any phone that has no camera flash is a deal breaker for me. I love my dual-flash HD2 and the convenience of the flashlight app.

      • Davidohio

        I agree 110%! Any high end phone these days should have a flash for the camera, otherwise what is the point?

  • Jonathan

    And no camera flash is a deal breaker for me. I absolutely adore my dual-flashing HD2 and it’s actually convenient flashlight app.

  • Jonathan

    Sorry for the multiple posts. The site flipped out and didn’t show my posts. Weird but I digress…

  • tato22

    cool cant wait to see how it will look

  • Scott

    WOW! I hope this is the Galaxy S! Looking for a good Android phone.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    This is a hot phone folks and warrants detailed comment. If you want a bigger phone, that is compared to the “mini” myTouch Slide, this phone is it. And if T-Mobile gets it you will be able to say screw the EVO or Incredible, this phone puts them to shame.

    First, let’s agree that the Incredible will not be coming to T-Mobile as its share of the hot new Android handsets. IMHO the Incredible is not coming to T-Mobile because: 1) The CostCo entry was a typo by whoever entered the data; and 2) The Incredible is Verizon’s version of the HTC HD2 (it’s like the Touch Pro2, each carrier got a version of it). As another noted, Sprint has the EVO, Verizon the Incredible and T-Mobile the HD2. (Sidenote, I love my WinMo-based HD2 so I am fine with us getting WinMo on the HD2. Let’s not make this a WinMo hate thread).

    All that said, T-Mobile obviously is slated to get an additional Android superphone for a summer debut. (That is, additional to the Nexus One). The Galaxy S is it, IMHO. Back when the Galaxy S was trumpeted at the reps hinted it would be going to TMOUS and to Europe (in Europe it’s rumored to go for a jaw dropping $800!) Besides, why would Verizon or Sprint get two Android superphones. T-Mobile deserves on too.

    So this posting/rumor makes sense.

    Regarding the phone, I commented back when Samsung introduced the GS at CTIA that the graphic specs alone would motivate me to buy this phone. It has a fast GPU, 4″ AMOLED display and puts out a super bright and sharp HD quality picture. This makes the Galaxy S a must have phone.

    What’s so hot about the graphics? Well the GS will sport the world’s fastest Android-based “graphics card.” That’s news to me, I am surprised people are not talking about that.

    The GS’s Hummingbird A8 GPU can process 90 million triangles per second!! Need some competitor comparisons: Verizon’s Droid – 7 million tri/sec (LOL); Nexus One – 22 million tri/sec; iPhone 3GS – 28 million tri/sec. (Sidenote: IMHO the Qualcomm dual core superphones coming out in November will sport numbers closer to the Galaxy S and not these pathetic scores.)

    And I really like that this phone does not have Samsung’s typical too-pimped/blinged-out look that I hate. It’s close in look to my HD2 which is a beautiful device.

    Yes, there’s lots of nice Android phones coming out. But mark my words, if T-Mobile gets the Galaxy S you will be happy.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    For those not familiar with the Galaxy S, here is Samsung’s press release:

    Samsung Welcomes You to the “Smart Life” with the Global Launch of the Galaxy S

    Powered by 4-inch Super AMOLED and the latest version of Android, Galaxy S brings rich technology and enhanced mobile experience

    LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today introduced the Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a smart phone that makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated.

    JK Shin, president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business announced the global launch of the Galaxy S at his keynote speech at the International CTIA Wireless 2010. The Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia soon.

    The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services).

    The ‘Social Hub’ provides always-on social networks connectivity allowing users to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.

    The Galaxy S is designed to provide immersive, intelligent and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people’s lives through best-in-class services and technologies. The Galaxy S will allow users around the world to experience the “Smart Life,” which Samsung anticipates will shift the way that consumers view smart phones and how they interact with them in their daily lives.

    The Galaxy S immerses users in a world of rich multimedia. The large 4-inch Super AMOLED display delivers unrivaled screen quality, with less reflection, free viewing angles and super-fast touch-response.

    The mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) – a technology used in Samsung’s best-selling LCD and LED TVs – boosts an even sharper and crisper viewing experience for photos, videos, and e-books. It creates a perfect environment to record, edit and play HD video, to browse the Internet, and to read your favorite e-books.

    A variety of applications from Android Market allows users to even more extend the benefits and excitement of smart phone experience. Plus, users have access to Google mobile services, such as Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps.

    Living a “Smart Life” requires intelligence, and the Galaxy S delivers just that by utilizing personal preferences to gather information online that each user needs and wants.

    With a user-defined daily briefing, lightning-fast processing speeds and location-based search options like Layar Reality Browser – the Galaxy S gives users the information they need wherever and whenever needed. The Galaxy S represents the next level of intelligence in smart phones.

    The Galaxy S integrates every aspect of life in a smart and sophisticated way. In addition to wireless integration with a variety of other devices, such as notebooks, TVs and cameras, the highly advanced Social Hub plugs users quickly and conveniently into their complete world of social networking and email.

    ‘The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smart phones,’ said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business. ‘The Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life – both personal and professional – all in a very easy and simple way.’

    Other Key Features

    * Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.

    * All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology.

    * Home Cradle: Enables use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station.

    * Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.

    * Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
    * ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.

    * Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.


  • Team Jake

    Give me this phone under $500 (w/2 year) and we call it a night. I hate using EDGE on my 3GS; although Opera Mini helps, but T-mobile’s current selection is not what I am looking for.

    One last thing, who the hell is this goofy ass Carlos Graves kid on the Droiddog site? He is not a developer, his reviews suck and nothing he post is exiting. Carlos, step into my office. Why? Your fucking fired!

    • Bobomo

      Yeah, but check out his ridiculous hipster glasses! That has to be worth something, amirite?!

    • nyuhsuk

      Damn… under $500… Cue the ‘Lower Expectations’ theme from MadTV…

      It better be under $200 to compete well with these mad subsidies that other companies are giving on their phones…

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      On pricing remember that in 2009-2010 Europeans always pay/paid way more than we do for phones.

      So I expect the GS to be priced around what the HD2 and/or Touch Pro2 sell/sold for.

      Here’s the comparisons”

      HD2: Europe – $650 to $750; U.S. – $100 to $450

      Touch Pro2: Europe – $700 to $850; U.S. – $100 to $550

      Galaxy S: Europe – $650 to $800; U.S. – $100 to $450

  • chris

    Please,dear GOD!!!Let this to be the Galaxy S!!!I’m getting three.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Yeah, there’s some “bad” things about this phone, but don’t all handsets have their good and bad points.

    For me what’s important is the phone’s graphics capabilities because I now use the phone in place of my old portable DVD players. Sidenote: anyone want to buy my Panasonic DVD players: small, portable, 5″ display, worn out lithium ion batteries, original price $600, will sell for $500 each. ;)

    This phone is a mini HD movie player. And web pages are sharp and clear. That does it for me. I can live with the shell.

    When I get this I will have two great devices, the HD2 and the Galaxy S (or whatever T-Mobile will call it). That should satisfy me until November.

    • manus

      They will call it the Samsung galaxy nuron touch 2

      • Bobomo

        LOL. Naw, they’ll just call it the myGalaxy, offer it with 17 color faceplate options and get some washed up celebrities or athletes (who all rock iPhones in real life) to pimp it in some terrible commercials.

  • Green Robot

    At this point, after all these broken Android dreams, I will only believe it once I make my first phone call through it…

  • mikeeeee


    ust gimme a samsung with UMA.

    rugged, working well, strong radio for out in the boonies.

    behold 2 was a real letdown, i was ready to buy 2 of them but no UMA = fail.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Assuming the T959 is T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S (I think it is), this says it all, IMHO:

  • ItsMichaelNotMike
    • Bobomo

      You seem to be leaping to the conclusion that this is the Galaxy S. As the original post said, the Galaxy S seemed to pass FCC with the designation i897. There is also evidence that the t959 is sporting an ARM11 processor, not the Snapdragon that the Galaxy S has. I think it’s still entirely too early to tell.

  • 30014

    If tmo gets this phone that would be awesome. But can’t we please get a super phone that has the vanilla version of android and not some custom skin over the os. If I could buy the nexus one from a brick and morter retail store then my problem would be solved, but leave it to google to screw everything up.

    • irko

      this is like im thinking it and ur typing it

  • Tower

    I honestly think that there will be no more vanilla Android phones unless it’s through Google themselves. Every Manufacture got there own android flavor HTC=Sense, Motorola=Blur, Samsung=touchwize, & LG=unknown(maybe vanilla), but you see the pattern here.

    I mean even HTC is thinking about trying there own phone OS because of there sense.

  • jaymax

    Unless I’m mistaken, the spec sheet above says EDGE/GSM tri-band using 850/900/1800 frequencies. Aren’t those AT&T specs??!?

    • Green Robot

      Oh no, not another Android dream shattered…., the cracks are already beginning to show….

    • mpv

      This phone has been rumored elsewhere to be heading to AT&T (and not T-MO).

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        But that was BEFORE the model designation, SGH-T959. AFTER this was disclosed everyone is now saying it’s going to T-Mobile.

  • shakarak

    hspa+ is backwards compatible with 3g phones. Why are you stating there needs to be a new phone launched? I get hspa+ in my call center on my cliq.

    • sorandkairi

      Hspa+, i thought, were not compatible with most of the 3g phones that are in current use within Tmobile. Now HSPA 7.2 yes but I didnt thing plus no!

      • sorandkairi

        edit to make sense,… minus, i didnt “thing” Thank you for ur time!…

  • manus

    my next phone has to have the new dalvik turbo engine and HSPA+
    does anyone know if this will have either

  • shawn1224

    My guess is that this is going to be a watered down Galaxy S if the rumored ARM 11 processor stands true. It also won’t be called the Galaxy S, more likely the Behold III or the Memoir II.

    • Lyfe

      Think you’re a little confused. The rumored ARM 11 processor is for the Mytouch Slide.

    • Lyfe

      Sorry guys! Dont kill me.

  • HD2/Nexus One user

    if this is true bye bye nexus see you on craigs list

  • Laz

    I stumbled onto a Galaxy S Pro. Which is a Galaxy S with a keyboard. If TMO gets the Pro model, I may need to change my pants…

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Here is the Pro, for those wondering why he may have to change his pants.

      • Woffle

        That’s just a fan made render.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Well it’s what he was talking about, I think.

  • Max
    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      That’s great and all, but I posted that a few posts above. ;)

      Guess no one reads my postings. :(

  • JaylanPHNX

    Hold on, what’s with the “We need an HSPA+ phone,” stuff? I thought the whole great thing about HSPA+ was that T-Mobile’s 3G phones would also be able to use it. I wish I had a link to where I read that, but am I wrong? It was a legitimate sight where I saw that. If I’m way off, somebody let me know.

    • Ryan

      Some phones such as the Nexus One are 7.2mbit/s HSPA compatible. When Tmo was getting overshadowed by the EVO at CTIA, Dodson said Tmo would get an HSPA+ phone this year. This is a “big deal” because HSPA+ is theoretically capable of 56mbit/s. The Nexus One will not be HSPA+ compatible.

  • Alex

    I would like to root my mytouch and put sense, help anyone? I hope we get this, but pro version.

  • clocinnorcal

    Hopefully this is the Galaxy S. As “ItsMichaelNotMike” says, the hummingbird cpu and the awesome GPU this phone is supposed to come with will make it the most powerful Android handset available. I know some of you have mentioned your dislike for TouchWiz but I am certain this can be disabled if it really bothers you. So custom UI aside this phone looks to be quite a contender! Hopefully it IS the Galaxy or a tmo version of it. :)

  • wasup

    please tmo, bring the galaxy s to us, this phone is almost perfect, not too big and not too small, and I just found out that it has 720p video recording, small video sample, check it :

  • irko

    im pretty sure its the samasung galaxy pro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Omeer

      Exactly what makes you so sure that it’s the galaxy S pro? The galaxy S pro is a rumor itself and yet you’re “sure” that the T-959 phone T-mobile is “rumored” to get is the galaxy S pro? What’s the source of this info. your own imagination?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      As others have said, that pic floating around the Net is an artist render (concept) but it was based on the person hearing the rumor also floating around the Net that there will be a Galaxy S with a slide out keyboard.

      To be sure, carriers are going with two versions of phones at times, touchscreen only and the same model, but with a physical keyboard.

      Matter of fact, one of the hottest iPhone rumors is that Apple will introduce this holiday season the iPhone with a keyboard. That makes sense since there’s a big market out there comprised of people who want a physical keyboard.

      I am still sitting on the fence. My HD2 is sans keyboard and I am still getting used to it. I don’t type enough on my phone to determine whether I need a hard keyboard or not. And Swype is cool, but I have not got used to how that works, not yet.

  • Flgirll99

    That would be awesome if its the new Samsung Galaxy S but I’m really hoping for the Pro version rumor to be true and for us to get it on Tmo. That would be really cool!! I was going to buy the HD2 and decided against it so I’m waiting to see what other phones will be released this year.

  • akawik

    again promising big but if the future is any indication of the past this will not appear on tmobile. what ever happend to the nokia n1 phone and various other phone that everyone was so hyped about. theres not even a release date hahaa

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Excellent points, but most people on here enjoy speculating, talking tech and expressing desires. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

      Besides, beats going to the casino and blowing the rent money.

  • akawik

    true, and well stated, but that fact remains that tmobile has promised big, but has yet to deliver. Dont get me wrong i am no hater i luv the site and all but taking contradicting view point is essential to improve quality.

  • Michael
    • shawn1224

      Um NO … that has a 3inch Amoled screen w/3MP camera. THe Behold II has already surpassed that.

      Let’s stay focused guys.

  • Jazz

    If it’s the Bigfoot and not the galaxy, I’m leaving T-Mobile. I’ve had the G1 since the day it was released, and I’m dying for an upgrade. If they don’t get something good ASAP, I’m out.

    • Kerry

      I’ve had my G1 since the December after it came out… My G1 just slogs along and lags quite a bit (and I just got my 4th replacement last week). I’m dying for an upgrade too, so the Galaxy S is a beacon of hope. I hope my hopes aren’t dashed. I was looking at the Mytouch Slide but I’d rather have the Galaxy S.

      Nothing confirms this as the Galaxy S… I looked up some old info on the Bigfoot and it called out a 3″ display (of course it said ‘Coming Soon’ back in 2009)

  • if it in the Galaxy S i might be upgrading from my Nexus One. ;-)

  • phillip

    i hope they change the ui and put a flash on it then behold 3/memoir 2 here i come

  • Laz
  • Laz
  • Kerry

    I’m Cautiously Optimistic at this point. There’s a lot of speculation out there but not a lot of facts yet. FCC says Galaxy S is has At&T bands; SIG report sways people in the know to think its another Galaxy S.

    The 3 links from Laz seem to support 4 versions of the phone for the Big 4 carriers so we’ll see. Hopefully the following weeks will reveal good news for us TMO folks chomping at the bit for a high end Android Phone on TMO.

    I have hope and I’m Cautiously Optimistic until I see more facts.

  • derrickps3

    it looks like a iphone :O

  • big iz

    well all this back-n-forth is cool.. but the bottom line, if you’re android savvy at all, is if the hardware is what you want, get it… the fact that its running of the Android OS, means that you can customize the hell out of it, and make look like whatever you want it to look like.. so touchwiz would not be an issue… i just want the best hardware possible for my tmo carrier… thats the best screen, and the best processor.. maybe the best camera too.. (extras are hd data ports, and and headphone jack).. whatever they put on it, will likely be wiped in the first week or so…

  • Matt

    This phone will be dead in 7 months in time to roll out the T979. F**K SAMSUCK!

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