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February 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM

T-Mobile mocks Verizon, adds G-Slate to tablet fray

It may be overshadowed by the scintillating announcement of Verizon’s latest mobile billing options, but T-Mobile today is announcing a new tablet computing device based on Google’s new Android “Honeycomb” software.

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The G-Slate is supposed to be released this spring at a price T-Mobile isn’t disclosing just yet. Built by LG, the device has an 8.9-inch diagonal, 3-D capable touchscreen.

It also has a rear-facing stereoscopic video recorder that captures 3-D, 1080p video – the kind that requires special glasses for the 3-D effect. The 5 megapixel camera also takes regular video and stills, and there’s a front-facing camera for video chats over T-Mobile’s network.

Inside there’s a dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor with full Adobe Flash support, plus 32 gigabytes of internal memory, a gyroscope, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.

It’s one of the first tablets using Honeycomb, which Google’s going to talk up at a press event today at its Mountain View headquarters.

T-Mobile was the first carrier to release an Android phone, and the G-Slate is among a handful of Android devices its announcing this week.

It’s also jabbing Verizon, mocking it for offering the iPhone only on its slower network.

The company’s position, according to a statement relayed by a spokeswoman’s message, is “why upgrade your smartphone and downgrade your network? It’s no fun having a great device running on slow network.”

T-Mobile today also began selling the Dell Streak, a small tablet with a 7-inch diagonal touchscreen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and cameras on the front and back, capable of video chat and 1080p video recording.

The Streak costs $200 with a two-year service plan or $450 by itself. Monthly plans range from $25 per month for 200 megabytes per month (for current customers; $30 per month for others) to $40 per month for 5 gigs a month ($50 for new customers).


T-Mobile today also announced that it’s going to offer the Galaxy S 4G this month, a version of Samsung’s popular Galaxy smartphone with radios capable of downloading at speeds up to 21 megabits per second on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.

It’s coming preloaded with the movie “Inception” to showcase its video capabilities.

The company’s being coy about the Galaxy price as well, perhaps hoping for another round of stories when that crucial detail is disclosed. But it will be a non-starter if it costs much more than $200 Sprint is charging for its Galaxy – dubbed the Epic – that runs on its 4G WiMax network.

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