T-Mobile getting a new Android phone, might be the Galaxy Nexus

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T-Mobile has something of a reputation for not always getting the latest smartphones, as they don't have the iPhone, there's no word on the HTC One X or Galaxy SIII, and their current best option is probably the One S or older Galaxy SII. You can always use international GSM devices as John has pointed out, but often people like to have carrier branded versions.

However, today a leak is suggesting a new middle high end device from Samsung will be coming to T-Mobile sometime soon. Found by TmoNews, the leak comes in the form of hidden user agent string that shows a Samsung device with a 1280 x 720 display, ARM11 processor, and model number T699. There is no information beyond that, but what we have already tells us quite a lot. First of all, as we've already seen model numbers for both a T-Mobile Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III, this can't be either of those. As far as 720p Samsung devices go, that really leaves the Galaxy Nexus as the only option.

It is a little weird that T-Mobile would be getting the Galaxy Nexus so late in the game, especially because you can use the unlocked Nexus from Google Play with T-Mobile, and everything including HSPA+ will work properly. The only possible advantage is that T-Mobile would then subsidize the cost of the phone, but with the unlocked version at $399 that doesn't make too much sense either.

Still, I personally like the idea of having the same device on all carriers so that consumers aren't stuck to one carrier if they want a certain phone, so even though it might be a little late, a T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus still wouldn't be a bad thing. Anyways, even if the T699 isn't the Galaxy Nexus, a new Samsung device with a 1280 x 720 display on T-Mobile wouldn't hurt either.

[TmoNews]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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