T-Mobile took the wraps off a new mid-range smartphone today called the Samsung Exhibit II 4G. This Android handset includes a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA display, front and rear camera with flash, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In layman’s terms, it’s a nice option for regular cell phone owners looking to take their first steps into the world of smartphones. Best of all, the Exhibit II 4G will only run you $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.
While the Exhibit II 4G does have most of the benefits of a more powerful smartphone, it does have its downsides. That $29.99 price point won’t hurt any wallets, but the required monthly voice and data plans will. Both are still pricey as usual. Also, T-Mobile has not said whether or not the Exhibit II 4G will eventually get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you may want to look elsewhere if you want Google’s latest and greatest software.
On the plus side, if contracts aren’t your thing, $199.99 is the price of freedom in the case of the Samsung Exhibit II 4G. That’s a comparably low price for a no-commitment device. Regardless of contractual obligations, I’d say the Exhibit II 4G is actually a fairly good buy considering the mid-range specs. It’s available exclusively at Walmart starting tomorrow, October 27th, but expands into full nationwide availability on November 2nd.