We reported early this week that Germany would be the first to receive Samsung’s first Android phone, the i7500. Following the official press release from Samsung yesterday, we can now say with certainty confidence that this phone will make its way to America. The specs revealed that this quad-band phone supports the 1700MHz mode. When you consider that T-Mobile operates the only major HSDPA 1700 band 3G network, chances are high we will see the phone this year.
So we know that the Samsung i7500 will be available for o2 Germany in June, but what about an American release date? Samsung said they were coming to T-Mobile, but I did not expect it to happen this soon. I think the only thing holding up an announcement from T-Mobile is the launch of the HTC Magic. Once they can get the 2nd HTC phone out the door, there should be room to release the Samsung i7500 later this summer(July-August?).
I really see no reason for T-Mobile not to release this phone. They have put their full force behind Android and it makes sense to give customers more choice. Samsung’s i7500 is not drastically different from the HTC Magic, but it does have some advantages. The main plus is the display which uses an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode which promises to improve the battery performance.
Other advantages of the i7500 over the G1 include:
- Larger storage space: 8GB vs 192MB
- More megapixel camera: 5MP vs 3MP
- Higher capacity battery: 1500 mAh vs 1150 mAh
Check out the following YouTube video for a close up look of the I7500.
For more hands on photos, visit this Vietnamese website (translated to English).
Would anyone else like to see this Samsung phone come to T-Mobile? Half of the phones I have purchased over the years were Samsung and I would gladly give up my physical keyboard to give this phone a spin. Even if T-Mobile passes up this phone, it will most likely be available on Amazon like other Samsung phones.
Update: I found the phone available for preorder on celuloco.com for $798.88 USD. They have a release date of June 17th, 2009.
p.s. hey t-mobile and samsung, if you guys lost my mailing address just contact me and i’ll send it over.