Orlando, Fla. - Carrier T-Mobile expanded its portfolio of 4G products here at the CTIA convention while revealing the pricing and availability of two previously announced 4G products, the G-Slate tablet and Sidekick 4G smartphone.
The Slate will be the carrier's second tablet.
The newly unveiled 4G products consist of three USB modems, a 4G mobile hotspot, and an Android smartphone dubbed the T-Mobile G2x with Google by LG.
The company also announced that beginning today, it is doubling the theoretical peak download speeds of its 4G HSPA+ network's to 42Mbps from 21Mbps in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando. Chicago, northern New Jersey and Long Island will follow soon. By midyear, T-Mobile expects 140 million people in 25 cities will be able to access the increased speeds.
In revealing pricing and availability of the G-Slate tablet and Sidekick, both Android-based, the carrier said both models will be available in the spring. The Sidekick will retail for $99.99 with an unlimited-data plan and $149 with other data plans. The T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG will cost $529 with a qualifying data plan to consumers who have a T-Mobile voice plan. The tablet features Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, which is optimized for tablets, and 8.9-inch multitouch 3D display that requires passive analglyph glasses to view 3D content. The tablet also captures 720p 3D video and 1080p 2D video. Other features include front- and rear-facing cameras and video chat over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.
In newly announced products, the carrier said the LG-made G2x 4G phone is due in the spring. It's said to be one of the few smartphones announced with dual-core 1GHz processor and the world's first phone to capture, store and play back video in full 1080p/24 fps resolution. It features Android 2.2 OS, dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch 400 by 800 capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera/camcorder, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, HDMI output with HDMI mirroring, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, MicroUSB 2.0 and a MicroSDHC card slot supporting 32GB cards.
Other newly announced products are the ZTE-made T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 USB modem, which will be the carrier's first 42Mbps-capable 4G HSPA+ product. It's due in the spring at an unannounced price.
Three new 21Mbps 4G HSPA+ products are the ZTE-made T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot and prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G, both due in the spring at unannounced prices, and the T-Mobile Jet 2.0 USB modem, due March 23 for free with qualifying data plan to T-Mobile phone subscribers.
The2.64-ounce Mobile Hotspot, which resembles a clamshell phone, connects up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to T-Mobile's 4G network, including, tablets, laptops, cameras and e-readers.