The Samsung Memoir has been rumored to make its way to the nation’s newest 3G network for a very, very long time. Starting today, however, it’s available in all of T-Mobile’s retail stores, online, and over the phone. Samsung’s high-end optics on handsets are nothing new, but an 8 megapixel sensor certainly trumps anything available in the U.S. market (sold by a carrier). In terms of raw specs, you’re looking at T-Mobile 3G support, touch screen with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface (we’ll get into that in a bit), Xenon flash, HTML web browser, A-GPS and nifty photo functions such as smile and face detection along with geo-tagging capabilities.
T-Mobile has announced that they are going to be carrying the Samsung Memoir this month. We could never have guessed… A pretty little thing, the Memoir’s main selling points are is its 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, 16x digital zoom and Xenon flash. A virtual full-QWERTY keypad and aGPS make up the other goodies this phone offers along with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. Now, the heart and soul of the Memoir is its camera and Samsung has made it easy for users to upload their pics to flickr, Kodak Gallery, Photobucket or Snapfish with the simple tap of the touchscreen. Thankfully this won’t be too much of a chore if you’re within T-Mobile’s funky 1700MHz 3G spectrum, but a lack of WiFi is going to make an awful lot of people sad considering that T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently as widespread as Eminem’s new album. Anyway, we’re quite excited to get some hands-on time with the Memoir — we love us some camera phones. Hit up the jump for a couple more pics and the press release.
Ever since December when Captain Blurrycam struck the 8 megapixel beast that is the Samsung Memoir and provided the first solid evidence that it was US-bound, T-Mobile customers have been eagerly anticipating its arrival. And why wouldn’t they? A full touchscreen, an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, 16x digital zoom, dual LED flash and 30 fps video recording, alongside a bevy of other camera-centric specs make this one hell of a feature phone for T-Mobile. Word now is that the release date may have been pushed back a bit from the date we scooped back in December, but the good news is that we now have a possible price point – $299.99 with a 2-year contract, pretty steep. We’ve already seen changes made to the release schedule and it’s likely that since the Curve 8900 was pushed up, other handsets would be pushed back. We admit we’re a tad sketched out by the fact that the poster seems very skeptical as to the document’s authenticity, but maybe it’s the mention of a target audience in the 30 – 45 year-old range that has him uneasy. While that does seems a bit silly, don’t put it past a carrier to issue internal documents with expectations like that. As always, only time will tell. Who’s excited?
Fret not, T-Mobile fans! It appears as though AT&T isn’t going to be the only carrier graced with an 8-megapixel touch screen phone from Samsung. The long rumored T929, or Leica or Memoir or any other name that has been passed through the rumor mill, has just received its blessing from the FCC. How do we know it’s for T-Mobile? Well, slapping a 1700MHz radio into the phone isn’t going to help it on any other US carrier, is it? That’s right, you’ll get to enjoy HSDPA to make your Internet experience a little more bearable with this one. According to the FCC docs, the T929 will also support GPS and Bluetooth as well. No release dates or pricing as of yet, but we’re thinking it should be reasonable with a contract and all that jazz. We’ll be sure to keep you guys posted!
The Internet has been graced with blurry, less than detailed shots of what appears to be an upcoming 8 megapixel monster from Samsung. We’re not sure if this is going to carry the rumored “Memoir” name, but we’re hearing a lot of references to the T929 Leica, which is a rebradned Pixon that we mentioned not too long ago. Onto more important things, it looks like this will be packing an 8 megapixel camera and a touch screen. So far, there isn’t much to be told but if it’s anything like the Samsung Pixon then it might be a pretty exciting device for TMO folks to look forward to. However, it seems it will be more like the Samsung Behold than anything else, which could be good or bad news depending on your take on the Behold. While it’s been speculated that this handset might be Android-powered, we’re going to keep our reservations about that one since Samsung hasn’t been as vocal as other manufacturers regarding jumping on the Google bandwagon. Hit the jump for an additional pic!