T-Mobile Adds SpringBoard To 4G Tablet Roster
Huawei-made SpringBoard, a 4G Honeycomb device with a seven-inch HD display, comes preloaded with media apps including Netflix, T-Mobile TV, and Slacker Radio.
The Huawei SpringBoard comes with a seven-inch HD display and a small enough footprint that it can slip into a coat pocket. The tablet runs a stock version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which is Google's tablet-optimized platform. It is motivated by a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and also includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS radios for connectivity.
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It includes a 5-megapixel main camera that can capture 720p HD video, in addition to a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera for video chats. It has a microSD slot as well, and supports cards up to 32 GB for storing media such as photos, videos, and music.
T-Mobile clearly envisions the SpringBoard as a media consumption device. It ships with the Blockbuster movie rental/purchasing app, Netflix, and T-Mobile TV to satisfy customers' video content cravings. It also ships with the Blio eReader app, Slacker Radio, and TeleNav GPS.
T-Mobile said the Huawei SpringBoard will be in stores before the holiday shopping season. Though T-Mobile called the SpringBoard an "affordable option," it didn't provide pricing details.
T-Mobile also announced Monday that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in a 4G flavor in the coming weeks. T-Mobile didn't provide pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, either.
The T-Mobile-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 1.24 pounds, and has a dual-core 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, dual-cameras, 10.1-inch HD display, and the latest Adobe Flash software.
T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes equipped with preinstalled content and applications, too, including T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader, and Zinio. This is in addition to what is available from the Android Market, which offers an improved selection of tablet-specific apps.
Both tablets will be able to use T-Mobile's HSPA+ network at 21 Mbps, but not the faster 42-Mbps speeds. With the 21-Mbps HSPA+, however, users can expect real-world download speeds in the 7 to 12-Mbps range, which is plenty fast for tablet needs.
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