By Stephen Schenck | June 8, 2011 12:47 PM
A leaked T-Mobile roadmap mentioned that mid-June would bring the carrier the Samsung T499 Tass, which was speculated to be similar to the Galaxy Mini S5570. Now it looks like the smartphone may be getting a hardware refresh along with a new name, with the reveal of a very Mini-like Samsung Dart.
According to site Cell Phone Signal, which uncovered the photos of the Dart, the smartphone’s specs line up with those already known for the Galaxy Mini. That includes a tiny low-resolution QVGA screen, and like the Mini, we expect the Dart to only have a 600MHz processor. Those specs don’t just make for a small phone, they should help make for a cheap one, as well. That’s important, because another T-Mobile roadmap shows the Dart destined for T-Mobile’s prepaid service.
Unlike the original Galaxy Mini, the Dart features capacitive Android buttons, but everything else looks unchanged. If T-Mobile launches the Dart with a price point similar to what the Mini is going for, we could see an off-contract Android for something around $200, quite the feat when other Androids cost more even with a two-year service agreement. We should know for sure quite soon, as the Dart’s tipped for a June 15 release.