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T-Mobile Unveils Android-based Samsung Behold II Smartphone

Samsung has announced yet another Android smartphone without much fanfare, the Behold II, as the successor to the Galaxy i7500, the company's first device that used Google's mobile platform.

The phone is currently only available in the US and the Korean company has not yet revealed whether the phone will be sold in the UK soon. As expected, it comes with Samsung's signature TouchWiz user interface that sports a 3D cube menu.

The Behold II follows the footsteps of the Samsung i7500 with a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera (possibly with Flash and Autofocus), Wi-Fi, A-GPS, support for Microsoft Exchange and Google Services and up to 16GB memory storage via a microSD slot.

The front of the phone is pretty classic with six buttons and what appears to be a central joystick and from the photos, one can guess that the phone is relatively thin. No slide out keyboard here.

T-Mobile reckons that the phone will be released before the start of the holidays which means that there's only a few weeks to wait before it goes live. If only it was available in the UK.

Our Comments

The Behold II is unlikely to come to the UK under the same name as the first Behold did not go on sale here anyway. The Behold II is very similar to the i7500 and it is likely to be as cheap. We haven't seen the back of the phone yet and we really hope that Samsung has had the great idea of putting a 3.5mm headphone socket in there.

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