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updated 02:50 pm EDT, Wed June 6, 2007

Samsung T729 and T419

Samsung will soon ship a pair of phones to T-Mobile's US branch, according to a new leak. The T729 (pictured, left) previously referenced in an FCC filing is now confirmed as a replacement for the T719 already in service and will share the same level of BlackBerry support: as with Research in Motion's slimmer devices, the T729 should tap into the BlackBerry "push" mail network and include a SureType keyboard that allows quicker typing than the usual T9 method. AIM messaging is also known to be available.

Hardware itself will primarily change in appearance rather than features, the leak points out. The T729 will be unusually colorful with black and red and will have an unconventional keypad layout. A 1.3-megapixel camera joins the list of other previously confirmed features, such as Bluetooth and EDGE Internet support. Mentions have not been made of support for roaming on European networks.

A basic phone, the T419, will also ship to the US provider. The clamshell will rest slightly above the low-end with Bluetooth, a VGA camera, and a mid-sized external LCD for previewing caller ID.

Launch windows for either device were absent in the escaped data. The largely completed product images with full T-Mobile branding suggest, however, that the phones are due within coming weeks. Subscription prices should be low for the T729 and free or near-free for the T419. [via Phone Arena]

by MacNN Staff




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