For holidays, T-Mobile goes big on Android and Windows Phone 8

T-Mobile holiday tablet and smartphone lineup avoid Apple again, but there's a lot to like for Android and Windows Phone fans.

Windows Phone 8X
Windows Phone 8X Brian Bennett/CNET

Hurricane Sandy forced T-Mobile to cancel a Holiday Showcase event planned for New York City today, but the storm didn't prevent the carrier from announcing its 2012 product lineup for the holiday season. The iPhone is absent, of course, but T-Mobile will deliver a strong lineup of Android and Windows Phone 8 tablets and smartphones. As you'd expect from the carrier, some devices, like the LG Optimus L9 and Nokia Lumia 810, are decidedly midrange. Yet, other handsets, like the HTC Windows Phone 8X and new LG Nexus 5 are top of the line.

Here's the skinny on the devices, their releases, and how much they'll cost you. All listed prices require the purchase of a two-year voice and data plan. T-Mobile also said it would carry the upgraded Nexus 7 tablet, but didn't reveal specifics on pricing or availability.

HTC Windows Phone 8X
Desinged a bit like Nokia's Lumia line, the 8X delivers an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.3-inch high-definition Super LCD 2 display, a 1.5-gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, and Beats audio technology.

  • Available November 14
  • Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate and 20 equal payments of $20 per month
  • Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate

Lumia 810
Lumia 810 Jessica Dolcourt/CNET
Nokia Lumia 810
A variant of AT&T's Lumia 820, the Lumia 810 has a 4.3-inch display, interchangeable covers in cyan and black, an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter, Nokia Music and Nokia Maps, and support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ data network.

  • Available November 14
  • Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate and 20 equal payments of $20 per month
  • Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate
LG Nexus 4
LG Nexus 4 Google

LG Nexus 4
Announced just today, the Nexus 4 is the fourth-generation member of the Nexus family. That means the latest Android OS -- in this case, Jelly Bean -- without any manufacturer or carrier skins. Features aren't quite as robust as you might expect, but there's 4.7-inch display with a 1,280x760-pixel resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera.

  • Available today on Google Play today and from T-Mobile November 14
  • Value Plan: $199.99 down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month
  • Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans
Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 2 Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The follow-up to the original Galaxy Note upgrades some features while still straddling the line between smartphone and tablet. Read all about it in our full review.

  • Available now
  • Value Plan: $249.99 down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month
  • Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement
LG Optimus L9
LG Optimus L9 Josh Miller/CNET

LG Optimus L9
A midrange device the L9 has a 4.5-inch qHD touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Lynn La gives you the full scoop in our review.

  • Available October 31
  • Value Plan: $49.99 down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month
  • Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Josh Miller/CNET
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 The tablet has support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, Wi-Fi, Android 4.0.4, a 10.1-inch full touch screen for vivid display, and All Share Play for multimedia sharing. For more on the device, check out our review of the unlocked model.

  • Available November 14
  • Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month
  • Classic Plan: $349.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card
 

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