By Stephen Schenck | June 6, 2011 11:39 AM
In mid-May, we looked into a rumor which claimed that T-Mobile would get the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity Smart both on June 8. Since then, we’ve learned of an event T-Mobile is throwing that day, aiming to launch three devices, but those are all supposed to be HTC models. When, then, would these Samsungs finally get a chance to shine? A newly-leaked document now puts the release of both those smartphones on June 22.
The Gravity Smart is a mid-range messaging smartphone, with sliding four-row QWERTY keyboard. The 800MHz processor should be sufficient so long as you don’t try to use the Smart as a gaming powerhouse, but the phones’ 3.2-inch display might be a little small form some users’ preferences.
Samsung’s Exhibit 4G has a bit more spacious of a display at 3.7 inches, but more importantly, the smartphone really tries hard to earn its “4G” tag, supporting 21Mbps HSPA+ in locations where the carrier’s backbone is capable of delivering that level of performance. The Exhibit 4G will be available in black and violet color options at the time of launch.
Both Samsungs will ship running Froyo, and both manage to break the sub-$100 price point, with the Smart fetching $70 after rebates on-contract, and the Exhibit 4G going for just a hair more at $80. Especially for the Exhibit, that’s a pretty great price for a smartphone at launch. As we see more higher-end hardware emerge, we could expect to see more deals like this for single-core phones with sub-4-inch displays.