Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and Galaxy Rush for Boost Mobile, Galaxy Reverb for Virgin Mobile officialAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Samsung, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile earlier this month teased that it'd have "big mobile news" to share at an event on August 22, and now that that date has finally rolled around, the companies have revealed just what they were hinting at. First up, Boost Mobile has announced that it'll soon be adding a trio of Samsung handsets to its roster. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is Boost's version of the Epic 4G Touch and will launch on September 6 for $369.99. The Galaxy S II 4G will be able to access Sprint's WiMAX network, which is available in 71 markets. Like the EpTouch, Boost's Galaxy S II 4G will pack a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras and 16GB of storage. It'll come preloaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be available in both black and white.
Moving on, Boost also announced the Samsung Galaxy Rush. Billed as an "affordable Android 4.0 smartphone," the Galaxy Rush will be available in late September for $149.99 and will feature a 3.5-inch display and 1.3-megapixel camera on its face as well as a 3-megapixel shooter on its rear. The final device introduced by Boost tonight is the Samsung Array, a landscape sliding feature phone that'll launch on September 4 for $59.99. The Array includes a 2.4-inch display, sliding QWERTY keyboard and 2-megapixel camera.
Virgin Mobile was also a part of tonight's festivities, announcing that it'll soon offer the Samsung Galaxy Reverb. The Galaxy Reverb features a 4-inch display, 1.4GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras as well as Android 4.0. Virgin says that the Reverb will be launching in September for $249.99, though interested customers will be able to pre-order the device starting August 29.
That's not a bad pack of new handsets for Sprint's pre-paid brands. They may not be what some folks were hoping for, but the Galaxy S II 4G and Galaxy Reverb could be good options for anyone shopping for one of Boost or Virgin's higher-end Android phones, and the Galaxy Rush serves as a more wallet-friendly Boost smartphone. The good news for customers of either of these Sprint subsidiaries is that the new devices aren't far from hitting store shelves, so if you see something you like in tonight's announcements, it won't be long before you can take one of your very own home. Any of you Boost or Virgin folk plan on picking up one of these phones?