T-Mobile Announces Next Generation myTouch And myTouch Q Devices

T-Mobile’s making yet another addition to their myTouch lineup with the arrival of two new handsets manufacturered by Huawei launching on August 8th. We’ve already had some pretty good indicators these were coming and in fact have already seen both devices surface in the wild, all that was left was an official announcement from the Magenta mothership herself.

The myTouch and myTouch Q are the newest additions to the myTouch line and are both set right for a mid-range spot in T-Mobile’s lineup. Both devices feature identical specs, save for the myTouch Q which sports a 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

Both devices feature 4.0″ WVGA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.4GHz single-core processor, dedicated camera button for access to the 5 megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for video chat.

T-Mobile will have both myTouch models on store shelves beginning August 8th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card.

“T-Mobile is committed to delivering a strong and diverse portfolio of 4G handsets that runs on our fast and dependable 4G network, including smartphones that enable people to get amazing 4G experiences at a great value,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The value and ease of use that the myTouch devices deliver, paired with our worry-free rate plans, means it is easier than ever for customers to get everything they want in a smartphone without the expense for features they won’t use.”

Full Press Release: 

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the Aug. 8 availability of two new additions to its exclusive lineup of T-Mobile myTouch smartphones, the new T-Mobile® myTouch® andT-Mobile® myTouch® Q. Featuring an all-new version of the Genius Button®, an easy-to-use Setup Wizard and how-to tutorials, the myTouch and myTouch Q are designed for easy out-of the-box use, making both devices ideal for customers who are looking for a straightforward, seamless smartphone experience.

The new T-Mobile myTouch devices offer hardware options that fit consumers’ individual preferences. The T-Mobile myTouch offers a 4.0” WVGA touch display and virtual keyboard with Swype®, while the T-Mobile myTouch Q features the same great touch display with an accompanying full slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

“T-Mobile is committed to delivering a strong and diverse portfolio of 4G handsets that runs on our fast and dependable 4G network, including smartphones that enable people to get amazing 4G experiences at a great value,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management, T-Mobile USA. “The value and ease of use that the myTouch devices deliver, paired with our worry-free rate plans, means it is easier than ever for customers to get everything they want in a smartphone without the expense for features they won’t use.”

New T-Mobile myTouch Series Key Features

  • Voice Control Made Better: To make the process of learning and using a smartphone’s best features quicker and easier, both devices are equipped with the next-generation Genius Button 4.0, powered by Dragon from Nuance, providing customers with a powerful voice-controlled service. With Genius Button 4.0 customers have access to the new Genius Web Search, featuring new voice-command capabilities such as direct search among multiple sources, direct app launch, and even the ability to make dinner reservations.
  • Simple Setup: The new myTouch devices feature an onboarding experience that allows users to set up what’s important without having to deal with extra steps, including a simple login process, a tips widget and tutorials for the most-used features of Android.
  • Enhanced App Drawer: A redesigned app drawer gives customers quick access to recently used apps, a separate tab for all downloaded apps, and an easy way to search their app collections by text or even by voice. 

Manufactured by Huawei, the 4G-enabled T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and feature a speedy 1.4 GHz processor for fast performance. The devices are also equipped with a dedicated camera button for easy access to the 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash for quality photo capture and sharing. Both devices also sport a front-facing camera for video chat over T-Mobile’s 4G network. A redesigned camera user interface allows for quick access to key features such as the flash, switching cameras and choosing the camcorder option.


The T-Mobile myTouch will be offered in black or dark red, and the T-Mobile myTouch Q will be offered in black or white. Both devices, exclusively from T-Mobile, are expected to be available Aug. 8 at T-Mobile retail stores, from select dealers and national retailers, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year agreement on a qualifying plan. For more information visit www.T-Mobile.com.

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  • oZ

    I’m glad T-Mobile is still offering a QWERTY phone. However. There is no reason any Android phone should be shipping with 2.3 right now.

    • Being a single core is a pretty good reason.

      • Guest

        Huawei has already release phones single cored similarly spec’d with ICS in their chinese market.  It is rediculous that they release a gingerbread phone at this point.  God help you if the thing is not stable, you will definitely not get an OS update and no devs will be working on this for 3rd party support.  Probably a good phone for your 12 year old daughter.

        • Therealmikebrown

          Nah, even she wants a SG3.

        • Guest

          True enough!.  Although for purposes of full disclosure, both my kids rejected my offer of the last (lg) mytouches and wanted wp7 phones because of zune and the xbox live.  One has an HD7 and the other a DellVenuePro. They absolutely love them.

          I find it ironic that my over a year old htc mt4g slide outspec’s the heck out of these new “mytouch” phones.

      • Fish

        My nexus s has a slower single core and I’m getting jelly bean at the end of the month.

      • oZ

        Not really, seems ICS runs better than GB in many cases, so single core doesn’t seem to be the issue. It’s not like it’s 500 MHz.


    Great starter devices for those just getting into the smart phone market. My hope is that this is our bottom level Smart phone and we do not release anything less compelling. 


    Ugh.  Still waiting on a full featured qwerty slider.  The Nokia N7 has better specs and it’s what, two years old?

    • Guest

       I loved the N7, what a great phone. My friend has one with the Belle update and it runs great on 2 year old hardware.  Had Nokia released Belle 2 years ago, they wouldn’t be in the mess they are now.

      • Bklynman

        I have n7 with Santana up grade. It runs great,as a backup to my SG2,how do I get the Belle upgrade that Tmo wouldnot release? Thanks.

  • Dumbazz


  • Single core?  Why bother?

  • CRT24

    All of the devices made by this particular manufacturer that we have carried to date have been at best a mediocre option even for a starter phone. This is not a positive direction for the mytouch line IMO.

    • The thing about the myTouch line is they are no longer trying to make it the high-end phone, that stopped with the myTouch 4G, now it’s a “family-friendly” line.

      • Guest

         Unfortunately that is so.  I have an HTC  mytouch 4g slide which has a dual core processor (almost twice the specs of this “new” mytouch) which was quickly EOL’d and abandoned when they shifted their focus on the “family friendly” approach.

        • fsured

           I have the mt4g slide also and I agree that its a really good phone.  The chip that is in it is the same one used in the SGII.  Only difference is HTC has clocked at 1.2ghz.  If you root the phone etc then you have access to mods that bring that chip up to same speed as the SGII.  Screen is smaller but they made it that way for the keyboard.


        Funny, my family are mostly early adopter types (Grandpa sports a galaxy note!!!), and in my neighborhood even the illegal immigrants are rocking GS2 and GS3 while their kids sport iphones and EVOs. Guess the family-friendly tag really means “those who arent tech-savvy but want a smartphone” cause everybody i run into or see in NYC always have the next best thing or some international variant. 

        • Jimmy Crow

          How do you know these individuals are, as you say “illegal” mr Blackman? Shoot, you’re entire family, if you ask me were brought here illegally if you follow natural law. You sound more ignorant than a southerner from the 50’s – grow a brain.

          By your logic even blacks from the projects have iPhones and HTC One X’s. I wonder if they are paying with EBT….

        • Spanky

          Back in high school, I had a friend who lived in Washington Heights. His grandmother, a lifelong pot smoker, used to pay her dealer with food stamps.

      • CRT24

        That’s my point is that the mytouch line is a T-Mobile brand, and to take what was once our signature lineup in this direction is a mistake IMO. Either continue to improve the quality of the mytouch brand or get rid of it….but don’t go backwards

    • monkeybdb

      I disagree, The Sonic Hotspot is awesome, the Springboard is awesome, and the Prism is excellent. The Comet and Tap have clouded your vision.

      • CRT24

        I was referring to phones not hotspots. And to call the prism “excellent” is a bit of a stretch don’t you think?

        • monkeybdb

          I don’t think its a stretch. I have seen ZERO returns and ZERO customer issues with it so far. It responds well and looks good physically. Fairly comparing it to other devices with similar specs as far as processor, memory and screen quality: gravity smart, comet, (G2, 3G Slide {i said similar, not exact}, Mytouch 3G, Dart…. yes it is excellent. every phone gets a fair chance in my book, regardless of its brand.

        • JBrowne1012

          I have also seen ZERO amount of people with the device lol could that be why?

        • Mark

           Is Tmo still supporting the case customizations that were the big selling point of the original MyTouch (the commercials with Chevy Chase and Avril Lavigne, the design website, etc.)?

  • mreveryphone

    Cool phones for the kiddos

  • 30014

    Wow, i remember when people on this site were arguing about the mytouch line being high end. Even the mytouch 4g wasn’t high end imo. Just the name alone made sure i wasn’t going to give the mytouch line a chance. Wtf would make T-Mobile go with such a perverted name for their so called signature line.

    • The mt4g was a high end phone at the time. It had the best specs for an android phone at that time. Forget about the name.

      • JBrowne1012

        As well as the MT4G slide. Was a beast for what it was.

      • Doakie

        I agree, when the myTouch 4G launched it had better hardware than the equivalent iPhone at the time. The iPhone is lauded by many as being a high end phone despite its miniscule screen size… I thought the MT4Gs hardware and build quality both made it a high end competitor.

    • UMA_Fan

      HTC’s myTouch devices always used the best hardware available.

      I do like rebranding ‘mytouch’ as a low end/entry level thing.

  • Elpapipr

    SG3 or new myTouch?

    • JBrowne1012

      Oh thats a tuffy *rolls eyes* 

    • Spanky

      Neither. Jitterbug ftw.

    • krazytrixxxsta

      if you want a high end device choose the sg3. if you want a low end device choose one of the new mytouch phones. plain and simple.

  • John

    Wow still installing gingerbread?  Can we not at least put ICS on these phones.  They will be two operating systems out by the time they release.  Go figure.  New phone old system, now that makes no sense.

  • None

    Unless you desire a keyboard, the t-mobile prism would be a much cheaper alternative sans contract.  If you are only into calls, text, basic facebook, and twitter—the t-mobile prism a great cheap alternative, which makes this phone sorta redundant.  This one is .5 inches larger but lets face it, if you get this phone, you are not expecting HD glory in a screen to begin with. 

    • JBrowne1012

      Not at all really the market for this is those who want a decent phone that just works and that can do what other smartphones can do without the high price of the best cell phone without a contract

      • ExTmo

        Huawei is not a trusted name in phones that work. Anyone remeber the almighty Tap and Comet. Great additions to T-Mobiles crappy lineup.

        • None

          my point was that the prism is much cheaper — I understand the qwerty version, but not the bar phone.  we already have that, and cheaper, with the prism.  I think they should have called the sqerty version, PRISM SLIDE and ditched the other one completely.


    Yikes! I feel bad for those who were loyal to the myTouch brand of phones. This is truly a downgrade in terms of specs and software offerings. Wish T-Mobile could have let customers decide what they wanted in the myTouch and then choose what would be best in determining the price in correlation to hardware and software. I know this is far-fetched, but ASUS could have made a more decent myTouch for T-Mo, and still would be affordable. Thank God for my Nexus S, even though its on its last leg but cant complain its getting Jelly Bean

    • JBrowne1012

      Asus would have been great but their track record wass horrible for cell phone though pad fone was great just the other smartphones they put out just generally suck.

  • monkeybdb

    everyone who is complaining about “single core, why bother” or “wow the mytouch line is downhill” or “this is really a down grade” think about it this way. not every new phone that comes out is supposed to top the best one currently out, MOST customers that come in say they dont want anything super fancy or expensive. So you know what i sell them? myTouch Q by LG. great phone for the price, and for its spot in the line up. Comparing the new mytouchs to the old THESE ARE UPGRADES! both get a flash, and both get front facing, and both get the same screen. unlike the current ones. So stop comparing every phone to the SIII. they arent all meant to be.

    • Tasty Tuna

      Not every phone has to be in the bleeding edge, however releasing a phone almost 2 generations behind in terms of hardware and software and marketing it as an upgrade on the mytouch line that was commonly known for high end if not upper mid-tier, is stupid.
      Not even your arthritic granpa would want this. Why? There are always offers on mid tier phones and even more so on high end phones that render the price of this negligible.

      The first time i read about this on this blog I thought it was a joke, since you can get second hand smartphones with better specs than this one easy on craigslist or even eBay that have android community support, and with this route perhaps even pay less with a value plan. Imagine that. So i know exactly WHY you sell them this phone.

      • Best comment I’ve read in a long time.

        • Realcool2000

          Yeah Dave that’s definitely the best comment in a while……?

        • Realcool2000

          From a hater whos name is Extmo ok…..he doesnt have an agenda right?

          Anyway, i guess annual comment awards here we go, …and the winner for best comment in a long time…..ExTmo for his comment hating on tmo and being the 5,000,000th person to be negative on tmonews forum in one day……APPLAUSE :).

        • It is, I appreciate well thought out comments that don’t run straight into the idea that this is all the fault of T-Mobile.

      • Moneyman

        I agree, I have a friend who wants to switch from sprint to tmobile and I had her wait for the mytouch qwerty because she needs a keyboard; currently she has the samsung epic. I warned her that this phone wouldn’t be that great and not much of a difference from her samsung epic as far as specs go. So yea, this phone is almost 2 generations behind but it is $49.99 as opposed to the $199.99 price for the samsung epic when it was first released. At the same time, At&t offers dual core processor phones for $49.99 as well even though they charge more monthly, but I guess you can’t have everything in one company. 

        • JBrowne1012

          Convince her to get a mytouch 4g slide it will be cheaper and less of a waste of money

        • ExTmo

          Its also piece of trash phone. A few people im my storegot it when it came out and i was the chosen as ambassador for this phone. It lagged outta the box and in one week started collecting dust in my closet. So yes if you want to give her a phone thatll make her hate T-Mobile and make her leave back to sprint give her the 4g slide.

        • monkeybdb

          i disagree. the MY4G Slide is my backup phone. i love it. no problems. I have two (one of each color, one for my mom and one for my backup) i have only had to troubleshoot about 3 of them the entire time they are out.

        • Bmg1001

          Tell her to wait for the Blaze Q

    • JBrowne1012

      No not really not at all. The new mytouch Q by huawei gets a ffc and a 4inch screen oh wow big upgrade, Mytouch by Huawei gets half an inch big OMG thats so upgrade worthy for the handful of mytouch by lg users. Mytouch 4G is more high end than both of these. That in itself proves that this is essentially a downgrade.

    • Bklynman

      I thought the Lg phones had problems? What read here about them and on here, the reviews on Tm website,wrote they have problems with them. Had those problems been take care of? I not sure what they are but I believe has to do with the software. U can go Tm website read the reviews yourself to findout what they are.

  • Qcknot

    Seriously, I don’t want anything top of the line with quad core, jelly bean, 4’8 screen, but at least make them with ICS, dual core, 4.3 inch screen at least COME ON!

  • UMA_Fan

    Are these HSPA+ 14 or 21?

  • Witeboy07

    Just wait on the galaxy blaze q…high end qwerty phone..

  • The Galaxy Blaze Q also has a dedicated number row on the keyboard.  It’s been a while since T-Mobile offered a phone with one of those.

  • Arvin

    lol @ gingerbread 

  • Anoni Mouse

    New myTouch series are jokes, exchanged all of the time and usually always get an option for an alternate exchange after a couple months. Too bad since it used to be the flagship and a source of pride for Tmo. Tmo is trying to do everything to delay the sinking ship. Closing centers and now wonder why its taking 20-50 minutes to talk to someone……because there is 200-700+ calls in que. Then you’re lucky to get someone who can understand what you’re talking about. Oh, and as of September 2, 2012 they will only be paying the employees their shift differential for the hours they actually work after 730 pm and nights and weekends, not their entire shift as they have been. Thanks didnt need that 150.00+ per month anyway……..and of course Ill be happy to volunteer to work overtime and help with the 500 irate customers holding for 20 minutes……..No More Mr. Nice TMobile

    • Spanky

      I used to have a MyTouch 4G, which, for all intents and purposes, was an excellent phone. It had both excellent build quality and top of the line specs (I believe it was the first phone to have 768MB of RAM, as opposed to 512MB that was prevalent at the time). These new phones are not even meh-worthy.

  • Rickdsf

    Really T-Mobile a 4 row qwery keyboard?  How about adopting the standard 5 row tradtional keyboard that is theEnglish world standard.  This abbreviated keyboards are badly designed and not standard.  I don’t want to guess that the “o” is a zero or letter. It’s too complicated. Save your money and just adopt the standard non-copywrighted keyboard and you wouldn’t have to pay a designer to design a totally unneccesary upgrade. Why do you do this to us?   You need to force your CEOs to use the products you make. How about testing them out on the customers instead of assuming your design staff knows it all. We buy the products; not your design staff.

    • Realcool2000

      Omg, seriously the shift and alt are so easy to use .
      Stop complaining about something that everyone can do but you cant.

      Its great that there is a physical keyboard offered.

      Please do not whine anymore mr. Rickdstfu

      Thank you.

  • Bmg1001

    It’s funny. people complain about the HTC MyTouch being better than the LG MyTouch. I have both the LG and HTC and they are both the same with just different android UIs. 
    HTC MyTouch 4G
    3.8″ LCD
    Single Core 1Mhz

    LG MyTouch
    3.8″ AMOLED
    Single Core 1mhz

    • CRT24

      I need some of what you’re smoking

  • Trollerderby

    Two generations behind in specs and software, AND you get the “mytouch schedule for updates” (never or very rarely, look at the mytouch q) on top of all of that. All for more than what you would pay for an HTC Sensation. 
    Where can I get one?! They may as well rename the mytouch brand to “we know you’re poor, so bend over.”

  • I have the HTC MyTouch 4G phone now that I have had since December 2010 and I had the MyTouch 3G before that one which was my first Android phone and first Smartphone.  I still like my current MyTouch 4G but I don’t care for these new MyTouch devices.   I think it would be dumb for me to purchase one these for my next upgrade because the speck aren’t any better, or much better than what I have already and my current phone is still going strong.  I’m looking forward to the G-Note coming soon.  I am pretty much no longer a fan of the MyTouch series since these devices came out.  I know some people will like them for because they are cheap.

    • Drew Vallejo

      I find the MyTouch phone brands work best as a good starting point for a first time smartphone buyer. With that said, I dont believe its their intention for past MyTouch owners to “upgrade” to these new phones. 

      •  I agree.  When I bought my current phone I was pretty much blown away with it.  Most days I still am which is making it very hard to decide on buying the Galaxy Note (which I desperately want) or keep using this phone until it dies or breaks apart….. which I don’t think it’s possible to break the darn thing…. I have fallen on it while it was in my back pocket, and dropped it many times and the thing practically looks and still works like brand new.  I keep a rubber gel case on it so it isn’t even scratched.  I love it so much but I still want the G-Note…. decisions, decisions.

  • Get_at_Me

    To everyone complaining about the specs…Chill out!!!  These are mid-range devices.  Its silly to expect these two phones to have “knock your socks off” specs. 1.4ghz single core processor & 4″ inch screen is an improvement over the current Mytouches w/ identical pricing….

  • Lanh Nguyen

    look at that nexus one….