Are you a T-Mobile Vibrant owner patiently awaiting your Android 2.2 (Froyo) update? Get ready to scream.
Yesterday, T-Mobile and Samsung announced the Vibrant 4G, a refresh to the original Vibrant which adds a front facing camera, full HSPA+ connectivity (up to 21 Mbps), and the Froyo operating system. Samsung’s been pretty awful when it comes to software upgrades, so this next statement should come as no surprise. No announcement was made as to when Froyo may be ready for the original Vibrant.
Though this release is certain to infuriate owners of the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G will be one of the best phones on the T-Mobile network when it’s launched. The Vibrant 4G will be the first phone on T-Mobile that will make full use of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, with download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Contrast that to the G2 and Mytouch 4G which are both capped at 14.4 Mbps. Vibrant 4g will also feature a front facing camera, allowing users to use the built-in Qik or other applications to video chat with friends and family.
The Vibrant 4G will have the added benefit of “the highest level of marketing support from T-Mobile, plus additional support from Samsung’s Galaxy S campaign,” so you can expect to be bombarded by commercials and print advertisements featuring the Vibrant 4G very soon.
All in all, the addition of the Froyo operating system and full-HSPA+ capabilities are sure to make the Vibrant 4g one of the best phones on T-Mobile, at least until the first wave of Tegra 2 phones hits the platform.
Pricing and Availability
No information was leaked as to the pricing and availability of the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant 4G. We suspect that this phone will be launched before the end of the first quarter, possibly even by the end of January for $199.99 on contract. As always, we will update you once we learn the full details of the release.