T-Mobile's Android family is expanding once again, as the carrier announced a new MyTouch model that will arrive just in time for the holidays.
Like the other MyTouch models, the handset, which is currently known simply as the T-Mobile MyTouch, is made by HTC but is billed as more of a premium device compared with the current lineup. The smartphone will ship running Android 2.2 and includes some higher-end features like HSPA+ support, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat.
Though T-Mobile would not disclose information about its video chat client, the carrier did say that customers will be able to make mobile-to-mobile and mobile-to-PC video calls over its cellular network or Wi-Fi. In addition, it has added a feature to the address book, where you'll be able to see which contacts are available for video calls.
The MyTouch will also have a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture and DLNA support, so you can share content from your phone to a DLNA-compliant device, such as an HDTV.
As far as on-device entertainment, you won't find Android's stock media player on the MyTouch. Instead, you'll get something called the Media Room, which serves as a hub for all the multimedia features, including your music library, YouTube videos, Slacker, FM radio, and T-Mobile TV/MobiTV. A universal search-type feature will allow to easily search for content within the Media Room.
In terms of design, the MyTouch measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick and weighs 5 ounces. It's an all-touch-screen device with a 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen and comes with a Swype keyboard.
Similar to the MyTouch 3G Slide, the smartphone will run T-Mobile's customized user interface, which is built on top of HTC Sense, and offers some enhancements to the Faves Gallery and the Genius Button voice-command feature. Some of specs of note: Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), a preinstalled 8GB microSD card, and three preloaded games (Rock Band, Asphalt 5, and Monopoly).
The T-Mobile MyTouch will be available in four different colors--white, black, plum, or red--but pricing information and a specific release date were not revealed at this time. In addition to the MyTouch, T-Mobile also announced that it expanded its HSPA+ network to additional cities today, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Neb., West Palm Beach, Fla., and Denver.