Sep 26 AT 2:57 PM Dustin Earley 41 Comments

T-Mobile announces the HTC Amaze 4G; takes the camera phone to the next level

HTC Amaze

T-Mobile has long been one of the more consumer -friendly carriers. They place a huge emphasis on what consumers want. Not only in plan pricing and availability, but in their device portfolio as well. Today yet another T-Mobile device has been announced that aims to tackle one of the biggest consumers desires in a smartphone: a better camera.

Much like the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, the HTC Amaze will take the camera phone to the next level. Offering a highly advanced eight megapixel rear side camera, the Amaze boasts the network and software that will crank smartphone photography up a notch. The software advantages the Amaze offers can be broken down into five handy features.

  • SmartShot – takes 5 photos and compiles the best parts to create one perfect shot.
  • BurstShot – capture 5 consecutive shots with just one click, so you never miss the action.
  • SweepShot panorama – take ultrawide shots then sweep in any direction.
  • ClearShot HDR – see crystal clear detail even when shooting in mixed or direct light.
  • Perfect Pics – analyzes & scores your photos then groups the best ones for easy sharing.

Those five software enhancements along with the advanced blacklit sensor, dedicated camera key, dedicated camcorder key (yes, a second camera key just for activating 1080p video capture) and zero shutter lag will make for a fresh out of the box experience that no other device can offer.

Of course the the camera isn’t the only stand-out feature the Amaze brings to market. The Amaze will be one of the first two smartphones on T-Mobile that will come with 42Mbps HSPA+. T-Mobile has said that right now peak speeds on the network sit at around 20Mbps down, with an average of 8Mbps.

Other specs on the Amaze include a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 16 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM, 42Mbps HSPA+ 4G, NFC, an FM radio, two megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI out, Android 2.3.4, HTC Sense and a 1730mAh battery.

As far as pricing and release go, look for the Amaze to hit shelves on October 12, with pre-orders starting October 10. The device will be $259.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.

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T-Mobile Unveils Its Fastest Smartphones:

HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile USA CMO Cole Brodman details consumer adoption of 4G technology

and unveils next-generation 4G devices

SAN FRANCISCO and BELLEVUE, Wash. – Sept. 26, 2011 – Today at GigaOm Mobilize 2011, T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman outlined the company’s ongoing efforts to fuel consumer adoption of mobile data through increased speeds of America’s Largest 4G Network®, rate plans that make mobile data more affordable, and new devices that take advantage of the company’s faster 4G network and value.

Unveiled during the T-Mobile keynote address at Mobilize 2011, the HTC Amazeâ„¢ 4G and Samsung Galaxy Sâ„¢ II will be T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones and the first smartphones to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) network technology. The new smartphones will allow customers to browse the Web faster than on the average home Internet and are showing average download speeds approaching 8 Mbps with peak speeds around 20 Mbps on T-Mobile’s 4G network1. Both smartpthones are expected to be available next month.

In addition, T-Mobile today announced the T-Mobile® Sonicâ„¢ 4G Mobile HotSpot, the company’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42) mobile hotspot, providing customers with access to
T-Mobile’s fastest 4G speeds on up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. America’s Largest 4G Network, which is now faster than ever with the 4G technology of HSPA+ 42, reaches more than 170 million Americans in more than 150 markets throughout the United States.

“These new products unlock the full potential of our faster 4G network and deliver the best experience yet for watching video, surfing the Web, and creating and sharing content on the go,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “A 4G connection delivers a much improved experience, which entices consumers to do more with the devices they carry. We’ve seen that first hand; customers with 4G devices on our network consume roughly three times as much data compared as those with 3G devices. Smartphone buyers are increasingly looking for built-in 4G capability, and we’re offering what we believe is the best 4G product portfolio in the industry.”

HTC Amaze 4G

Exclusively available from T-Mobile, the HTC Amaze 4G features the most advanced camera experience of any smartphone and is the latest in T-Mobile’s family of advanced camera smartphones. The HTC Amaze 4G is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recorder, a backside illuminated sensor for improved low light performance, zero shutter lag and a dual LED flash, as well as advanced digital camera features, including:

· SmartShotâ„¢, which captures five photos and creates the best shot using clear faces with smiles and no blinking.

· PerfectPicsâ„¢, which is a separate album in the gallery created by scoring and filtering the best photos to the surface. PerfectPics prioritizes photos by using criteria such as important calendar events, the presence of faces, and overall picture quality.

· Additional innovative camera features first introduced on the T-Mobile myTouch® 4G Slide such as SweepShotâ„¢, ClearShot HDRâ„¢ and BurstShotâ„¢.

The HTC Amaze 4G also enables high quality video recording with a full HD 1080p camcorder and an embedded video editor. Customers can instantly capture quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and T-Mobile’s first direct-to-camcorder button. Sharing photos is easy with one-touch access to post to Facebook®, Picasa® or Flickr® – all at 4G speeds.

The device runs on Androidâ„¢ 2.3.4, features a Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ S3 Processor with a 1.5 GHz dual core CPUs, and offers the HTC Sense user experience. With support for T-Mobile TV, HTC Watch and additional apps and services, the HTC Amaze 4G is excellent at keeping customers informed, connected and entertained using its gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD super LCD multi-touch display. The powerful handset will also include NFC capabilities for wireless searching, information sharing and, in the future, mobile payments.

Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile today also revealed additional details about the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Processor with 1.5 GHz dual CPUs, running on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and NFC enabled, the Galaxy S II will offer T-Mobile customers speedy access to their favorite movies, TV shows, websites, games, applications and more.

The smartphone also acts as a mobile entertainment center with quick and easy access to thousands of premium movies and TV shows through Netflix®, T-Mobile TV in Mobile HD2, Samsung Media Hub and YouTube®. The Galaxy S II rich entertainment features and experience are further enhanced with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen –the largest screen available on a T-Mobile smartphone. With DLNA compatibility and HDMI out, this media powerhouse also offers the ability to view content on a compatible HD TV.

T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot

The Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to
T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPads, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and eReaders, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere. Manufactured by Huawei, this sleek and ultra-portable on-the-go network hub weighs just 3.88 ounces, making it easy to slip into a pocket, backpack or purse. Whether staying connected on the go with colleagues and clients or providing a family Internet hub at a vacation spot or in the car, the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is a device that uniquely complements the company’s existing lineup of mobile broadband devices on America’s Largest 4G network.

As an added benefit, the Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot comes equipped with an SD card slot that accommodates up to 32GB of expandable memory, enabling customers to share and save photos, documents, videos and more with their family and friends also connected to the Mobile HotSpot. The Sonic 4G also features an OLED display to show signal strength, number of devices connected, number of unread text messages, connectivity to the internet, battery level and network connection type.


The HTC Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II are expected to be available in an exclusive online pre-sale via beginning Oct. 10 and are expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers nationwide starting Oct. 12. The HTC Amaze 4G is expected to cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. The Galaxy S II is expected to cost $229.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.

The T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot is expected to be available in October at T-Mobile retail stores and online at

Source: T-Mobile

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • xy

    So first HTC phone you could really figure out what did you take a picture of?

    • Galen20K

      That’s not true, the Sensation has an Excellent camera as does the myTouch 4G.

      • Galen20K

        *myTouch 4G Slide

        • Smooth3d

          Even the regular mytouch 4g has a nice cam

    • Oswaldo del la Mexico

      Looks okay, but the new superstar phone iPhone 5 will look much much better!

      Im purchasing the new iPhone 5

      • TUG265

        If you’re gonna be all over iPhone’s balls why are you on an Android site?

    • NeoJesus

      HTC should patent those ideas before Apple does and then sues them for “stealing” their idea!

  • Galen20K

    This phone is extremely Nicely Specced, wayy to go htc and T-Mobile!! – D

  • kwills88

    This is a really good looking phone, hardware and specs wise

  • Makhnuth Kahba

    i would tap this phones ass!

    • kazahani


      I think this is the sexiest phone I’ve ever seen!

  • uknowme

    Wow, I hope HTC continues to use all this in the future.

    • Jes

      Same here. If not, I wonder if the software can be reverse-engineered to work with other cameras? That’d be the shiatsu.

  • patb428

    Whens android gonna have a capture screen option like the iphone…looked for apps that do it but couldnt find any…

    • Jes

      “Screenshot” does it but you have to have root. Never really looked past that though…

      • R.S

        The screen shot app used to work on my non rooted phone until I received an OTA phone update from T-Mobile.

        However, some phones already have a screen shot option. On my friend’s Samsung Fascinate, I believe you use the back button and power button to take the pic.

    • Tony

      So far, it’s been up to the OEM to build a screenshot function into their build of Android. LG put it in their G2X and Samsung has done it on some of their Galaxy S phones. Several tablet OEM’s have also built it into honeycomb.

    • pitacrisps

      It’s called Cyangenmod 7. It’s beautiful and screen shot is built in. Switching ROM’s can be super easy depending the make of your phone. If you can learn to root, you can learn to ROM. :)

    • Galen20K

      I can screen capture on my Sensation 4G.

    • BG

      i finally figured out to do scrren shots on stock Amaze! after searching for it i could only find people who did it accidentally. so messed with it myself and did it accidentally lol… finally after 10 minutes of pressing buttons i figured it out…. same as iphone! haha just press the power button on top followed by home screen immediately after. not sure why they dont advertise this ANYWHERE!

  • Nathan

    Beast phone, ill buy this beast any day but I have my eyes set on something else :)

  • Paul

    WoW I hope this comes sim free to the UK, that camera sounds fantastic, lets just hope that HTC have finally binned the usual tinny video microphone, If so I so want a European version of this phone.


    Wow man. Tmobile is doing there thing! Very nice to see. Still waiting to see what the nexus will be abut

  • Tico4674

    With the news of the Nexus using an

  • Tico4674

    Oops, with the news of the Nexus coming with an older processor I may have to consider the amaze or the SGS2. First world problems, too many options but none are exactly what what I had hoped for. Can’t wait to read reviews and test them in person.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This is clearly a great device tmobile has done some serious work to there profolio in 2011. People who already have the Sensation should be happy regardless because both are Snapdragon S3 products which are great for 2011. The future is truly bright for our beloved HTC..

  • Richard Yarrell
  • inviolable

    Must…wait…..for Nexus.. ><

  • Cyrus

    Will they release in UK or Asia?

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I’m aiming at a different phone but this one sounds awesome, really nice cam features and general specs.

  • Stella

    Really gorgeous phone with great specs. I can’t wait to get this phone in my hands to play around with it. Go HTC!

  • AaronH

    Wow another great looking HTC phone! Very nice!

  • Brocklesocks

    Why the hell are the back and home keys switched?!

  • Melissa

    If I were still with T-Mobile, I’d so get this phone. I don’t like white electronics, but this is def an exception. It looks really great and the specs are amazing. :P

  • Tico4674

    Nice phone but I prefer the slimmer form factor of the Sammy and the s3 processor is another deal breaker. I bought my girlfriend the mt4g slide and the camera is exceptional. Nice phone but I’m still waiting on the Nexus!

  • Jaz

    So will the camera software on this phone be available on older phones like the sensation or evo 3d? I think good software would make camera on these phones slightly better. My old evo4g camera worked better than the one on my 3d, except for 3d pictures and videos which I love taking.

  • alexandra

    I.accidentally took a screen shot on my htc amaze today ! Not sure how I did it but found the picture in my gallery . Wish I knew how I did that .

    • BG

      i finally figured out to do scrren shots on stock Amaze! after searching for it i could only find people who did it accidentally. so messed with it myself and did it accidentally lol… finally after 10 minutes of pressing buttons i figured it out…. same as iphone! haha just press the power button on top followed by home screen immediately after. not sure why they dont advertise this ANYWHERE!

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