Bellevue, Wash. - T-Mobile provided more details about the planned 4G version of its Galaxy S smartphone.
, the Galaxy S 4G will be the carrier's fastest 4G phone to date, capable of theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps in HSPA+ markets. The carrier's other two 4G phones, the Android 2.2-based HTC-made MyTouch 4G and HTC-made G2, are capable of 14.4Mbps peak downloads.
Like T-Mobile's 3G Galaxy S, called the Vibrant, the 4G version features proprietary 4-inch multitouch touchscreen with Samsung-proprietary Super AMOLED display, Samsung 1GHz processor, and ability to download movies and TV shows for rent or purchase via Wi-Fi and cellular through the Samsung Media Hub. Both versions also come with 5-megapixel rear-facing camera/camcorder with 720p video capture, LED flash, DLNA-certified Wi-Fi, six-axis sensor and stereo Bluetooth. Both versions also come with preloaded MobiTV-powered T-Mobile TV app, which streams live and recorded TV programming over cellular.
The 4G version adds a preloaded T-Mobile Video Chat application powered by Qik, enabling live video chats over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G via the new front-facing video camera or via the rear-facing camera. Also new is the pre-installed DoubleTwist with AirSync app, which enables Wi-Fi auto syncing of photos, HD videos and music to and from a home computer.
In other changes, the 4G version will come with higher-capacity 1650mAh battery and preinstalled 16GB MicroSD memory card, whereas the 3G version comes with preinstalled 2GB card. The former also comes with the movie Avatar preinstalled, but the 4G version will come with the movie Inception preinstalled.
In releasing product details, the carrier also updated the progress of its 4G HSPA+ network rollout, which is now in more than 100 major metropolitan areas reaching more than 200 million people nationwide. In updating plans to double HSPA+ speeds to theoretical peaks up to 42Mbps from a current 21Mbps, the carrier said the faster technology would be available in 25 major metro areas by midyear, reaching 140 million people.