Feb 02 AT 10:32 AM Nick Gray 22 Comments

T-Mobile announces Samsung Galaxy S 4G specs and February launch

If you’ve been waiting for a 4G capable Galaxy S handset that does not have a QWERTY keyboard, T-Mobile may have just the right phone for you.  Early this morning, T-Mobile announced that the Samsung Galaxy 4G will be making its way to their HSPA+ network before the end of February.  Internal specifications for the Samsung Galaxy 4G are pretty similar to the Samsung Vibrant which launched last summer, though it does have a few unique distinctions.

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G features a front-facing-camera for video calling (courtesy of Qik), Android 2.2, and a ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G chip which is capable of supporting data speeds of 21 Mbps.  In an effort to enhance the user experience, T-Mobile has pre-loaded the Galaxy S 4G with the Academy Award nominated film: Inception, doubleTwist with AirSync (typically $4.99 on the Android Market), Slacker Radio, and T-Mobile TV.

We’re not sure if the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is enough of an upgrade for current Samsung Vibrant users, but it may be a great alternative to the myTouch 4G for anyone looking for a powerful 4G handset.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G Highlights

  • Cortex A8 Hummingbird 1GHz processor
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen
  • Android 2.2
  • ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G modem capable of giving 21 Mbps
  • Front-facing-camera
  • 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording

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Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile to Offer Blazing-Fast Speeds and Unparalleled Entertainment Experience Featuring Movies, TV and Video Chat

T-Mobile expands America’s Largest 4G Network to eight new metropolitan areas in South and Midwest

Bellevue, Wash. and Dallas – Feb. 1, 2011 PST BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS – Feb. 2, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, today announced the anticipated February availability of the Galaxy Sâ„¢ 4G, exclusively from T-Mobile. According to T-Mobile, the Galaxy S 4G will be the fastest smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢2. The Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile’s first smartphone capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps, offers enhanced mobile experiences and unparalleled entertainment including mobile HD TV3 through T-Mobile TV, the ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated film INCEPTION, and T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qikâ„¢ – delivered at 4G speeds on its 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display.

T-Mobile also announced the expansion of America’s largest 4G network into more than 100 major metropolitan areas, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide. In addition to the expanding its 4G footprint, T-Mobile also has aggressive plans to double the speed of its 4G network in 2011, and the company expects that 140 million Americans in 25 major metropolitan areas will have access to these increased 4G speeds by midyear.

“The Galaxy S 4G pushes the envelope by reaping the benefits of our network’s unprecedented speeds and by offering groundbreaking entertainment experiences,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “We are excited to continue to expand our portfolio of 4G devices that enable our customers to have access to unique and compelling features and an optimal 4G experience.”

“The Galaxy S 4G offers customers Samsung’s core premium product investments to speed, screen and content,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer, Samsung Mobile. “Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s fastest smartphone and offers Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED display and rich multimedia features for premium movie and TV content.”

Through the delivery of faster speeds comes an enhanced experience when viewing video entertainment over the Web using services such as YouTube. In addition T-Mobile TV, a pre-loaded application, offers consumers access to live and on-demand mobile HD TV on T-Mobile’s 4G network, including free programming from select stations like ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids and Azteca America.

To further enhance the entertainment package on the Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile has preloaded, at no additional cost to consumers, Warner Bros. Pictures’ ACADEMY AWARD® Nominated film INCEPTION which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Customers also have the option to rent or purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub, which features a robust collection of new releases and TV shows.

The Galaxy S 4G’s blazing-fast speeds will make sharing memories via e-mail, social networks or video quick and easy. For example, the pre-loaded T-Mobile Video Chat application powered by Qik enables customers to share any moment with loved ones virtually whenever and wherever they want through T-Mobile’s network or Wi-Fi. Using either the front-facing or the rear camera, which features a 720p HD camcorder, paired with Video Chat allows customers to hold video conversations with friends and family who have a compatible mobile device.

Featured as a pre-installed application, doubleTwist® with AirSyncâ„¢ provides customers with a useful and easy way to auto-sync and back up photos, HD videos and music to and from their home computer. With a Wi-Fi connection, customers can easily sync their media wirelessly and at no additional cost. The doubleTwist Player lets customers enjoy their favorite tunes and videos directly from their phone while on the go. The Galaxy S 4G also comes preloaded with Slacker Radio, offering music fans more than 130 genre stations and ability to create their own custom stations for free.

With a slim and sleek design, the Galaxy S 4G’s 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display gives customers a vivid, sharp viewing experience, whether consumers choose to watch a movie or read a book or newspaper with the preloaded Kindle for Android application while on the go. Powered by Androidâ„¢ 2.2, the Galaxy S 4G is equipped with a speedy Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, an ST-Ericsson M5720 HSPA+ 4G modem to enable theoretical peak downloads of up to 21 Mbps, a 5 megapixel camera, a preinstalled 16GB microSD memory card, and a 1650 mAh lithium ion battery.


The Galaxy S 4G is expected to be available to T-Mobile customers in February. Customers can visit http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/4G for more information.

Source: T-Mobile

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Black Kristos

    This is just getting silly. Tmo is still behind the curve on hardware. I know they want to bolster their 4G offerings, but I would prefer that they actually bring a next gen phone to market. This hardware is 6+ months ago. I really hope that HTC unviels something for Tmo later this month that isn’t already out of style, hardware wise.

    • http://Website Anonymous


      And every other major provider has an HTC 4.3 inch power phone in their line up, and T-Mobile is slacking. T-Mobile needs to get in the game with their own HTC 4.3″ 4G smartphone, like the Desire HD.

      Sprint has the Evo, Verizon has the Thunderbolt, AT&T has the Inspire, and yet T-Mobile has nothing even close, except perhaps the myTouch 4G, and even that isn’t in the same category as the other 3.

      • Nick Gray

        actually, the myTouch 4G is identical in specs to the Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G and much more powerful than the EVO. The only thing that it’s missing is the 4.3 inch display. Many are forgetting that AT&T and Verizon are simply catching up (and maybe only getting a half set ahead) to T-Mobile by launching the Inspire 4G and Thunderbolt.

      • http://Website Richard

        The difference in the htc evo 4g and your mytouch 4g is to striking… Evo kickstand, Evo hdmi out, Evo 4.3screen, Evo is a true 4G device with a 4g radio that can be turned off and on by the user that does not exist on the mytouch 4g.. Evo 4g is multi media beast since June 4th 2010 that has been unmatched to this current day… Look around you Charlie everything that came out at CES as well as the upcoming Mobile World Congress and CTIA IN MARCH 2011 all are copying the FORM FACTOR OF OUR BELOVED HTC EVO 4G… not the mytouch 4g… THE HTC EVO 4G REVOLUTIONIZED THE SMARTPHONE INDUSTRY. The granddaddy of 4g the Evo and Sprint there nothing better and even when you 4.3 inch device FINALLY makes it to your network cause it will soon it still WILL NEVER BE BETTER THAN THE EVO 4G.. Cause the htc evo 2 4g announcement is near and Sprint again will be bringing home THE BEST SMARTPHONE DEVICE ON THE MARKET IN JUNE 2011 YOU CAN MARK THAT DOWN ON YOUR CALENDER.. So if you need and want the best and you don’t want to be second fiddle then you need to be joining us current htc evo 4g owners cause we all on sprint know what’s next in our stable and it will be welcomed to the Evo family… GOSH tmobile don’t even have a family of devices…. THAT’S SAD NO IDENTIFYING DEVICE

        • http://Website AnonyMouse

          evo is so cool huh. a true 4g device? Why? Cause you can turn 4g on and off? Cause you get charged more by sprint for having it even if your not in a 4G area? Cause you cant afford something better?

          THe EVO has NEVER come close to the T-Mobile 4G speeds. When put head to head with many of the current tmobile phones it loads pages slower, doesnt get as high benchmarks, etc. Im sorry, but the EVO is old news.

          Lets see:
          Evo kickstand: If you count this as a deciding factor in buying a phone, the maybe you should stick to tin cans and string

          Evo hdmi out: how often have you used this? With the ability now to simply send things over the air, an HDMI is not that much needed. Not to mention that many android phones actually can use hdmi out, but they use it through accessories. Wow, yours has HDMI built in. I guess thats all the difference.

          Evo 4.3screen: nice, but the bigger screen on this device causes more pixelation. Ill stick with crisper looking screens that dont seem as washed out as the evo.

          Evo is a true 4G device with a 4g radio that can be turned off and on by the user that does not exist on the mytouch 4g.. : See above comment

          Evo 4g is multi media beast since June 4th 2010 that has been unmatched to this current day… : really? unmatched? even the iphone 4 matches it, and thats old new now lol. The EVO is not a multimedia beast anymore. Ill be happy to take my phone and put it side by side with yours and see which one loads a web page faster or starts up a game faster, or has better benchmarks.

  • http://Website Anonymous

    OMG, it actually comes with FroYo 2.2! Wonder how long it will take Samsung to get the Gingerbread 2.3/2.4 update to the Galaxy S 2 line of phones.

    Still, this phone looks pretty nice, however, Samsung still managed to forget the camera flash… again. A 4G phone without a camera flash, only Samsung.

  • http://Website Tom

    Fool me once Samsung! I’m done with Samsung forever!!! They never fixed the GPS issues with the Galaxy S line and they still haven’t released the Froyo update on most of the galaxy S line (except for Tmobile). I should’ve listened to all those forums that warned that Samsung does not support their phones with updates. I’m done with them all together. HTC, I’m coming back to you!

    • DavidM

      Argh, so true, and with the Inspire and Atrix coming to AT&T soon, I can finally get rid of this craptivate

  • http://Website Trent

    Agree with Tom completely. I’ve never been frustrated more by a smartphone as I am with my AT&T Captivate. Still buggy GPS and no freaking Froyo in sight. Yes, I could root and install another Rom but — noone should have to do that. It’s freaking amazing that Google gave them the Nexus S contract after the crap they pulled with the Galaxy S line and their total lack of support!

    • http://Website Black Kristos

      You can’t really fault Google for that, as the Nexus S was already in the pipeline when all that lack of support went down.

  • http://Website Blest


    Congrats T-mobile. This is why other Carriers are laughing at you.

    Vibrant 1.5!!!! With Inception and 4G…….Oh and a Front camera.

    Why stay ahead of the crowd with innovation? Isnt cooler to stay behind or in the present?

  • http://Website GEORGE





    BUT ITS SAMSUNG SO ………………………

  • http://Website Sax M

    Does the rear camera have an LED flash?

    • http://Website Anonymous

      I dont believe this has the camera flash.
      If I’m not mistaken, this is the phone that was said to be the Vibrant 4G rolling out Feb. 23rd. And all of those photos showed the phone exactly the same form factor as the original Vibrant (no flash), with the exception of the Front Facing Camera.

      Samsung could have done better by slapping a SD card slot & a 4G frequency on the Nexus S and called it the Galaxy S 4G.

  • http://Website Billbob

    It was all a dream.

  • http://Website Noriega713

    What about the 21 mbps when will this be out, I just wonder will current T-mobile 4G phones see a speed increase…8-11 mbps…?

  • http://Website Monk

    This phones tech is still 6 months old and its still top compared to whats on the market and it has froyo true that 2.3 is out but who has it right now nexus s. Im a vibrant owner and I love the phone
    . I have 2.2 and im happy right now but you guys dissin t mobile verizon dont have 4g and u guys still cant be on the internet and make calls, sprints 4g is also a ripoff paying 10 extra buck… Im happy where im at… Remember where android started..

    • http://Website Jaymanandroidking

      Hell yes… the g1 is the first marketable android phone… people hesitated to get a Google phone now the all want to follow t mobile.. but its cool p.s. we are far from behind… i work for sprint and have a t mobile mt4g. while on the cdma side, Verizon spends there money on towers, sprint spends there money on actual technology…they are normaly the first to introduce any kind of technology first 2g 3g and 4g service first to offer wi fi sharing aka hotspot and first to actualy be able to block indiviual numbers from calling and texting. Verizon has coverage but crappy phones in general…. and on gsm att idk what to say about them over priced and the only have the name and the iphone that keeps bringing them customers… they dont have unlimited data and voice and messaging plans are highly over priced. tmobil dosnt have the best coverage but when it comes to buying phones i feel t mobile has the best selection.

  • http://none Sarb Z

    I am currently with TMOBILE with Galaxy S vibrant and recentaly updated to FROYO but GPS issue still sucks.. if the same issue remain on this upcoming phone then i would suggest dont ever buy Samsung phone. let see ….

  • http://Website brian c

    I’m getting this phone, it was between the g2 and this, I’m picking this because of the 1ghz compared to the g2s 800, also the predictied 4g speeds would be worth it. However I too hate samsung but tmobile doesn’t seem to ever be carrying the great phones anymore, motorola sucks, they pump out the same shitty phone over and over again, samsung doesn’t know what they are doing and htc is the only company worthy of producing a true android handset. Until this rumored dual core htc comes in may I will sadly be carrying a samsung product… if it lasts that long

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  • jason

    Sorry guys but i have this and love it.. didn’t like the service but i love the phone….
    NO contract service has 4g here….
    Hell tmo didn’t have 3g here…. But every single prepaid company has 4g here….
    Funny right?? I think it’s ridiculous that prepaid companies have better service…..