T-Mobile roadmap leaks; new 16-MP WP7, BlackBerrys and Androids?

T-Mobile's roadmap of new handset launches for the next few months has leaked, and it looks like Android and BlackBerry are leading the charge.

This Is My Next have managed to get their paws on their roadmap, and have leaked a load of juicy details for us to get excited about.

Sure, there’s a few routine and unremarkable devices here and there – the HTC Marvel, due in mid-July, is little more than a rebranded Wildfire S; and another HTC device launching in the same month is called “Doubleshot”, but it’s actually the new myTouch 4G Slide, and we’ve been waiting for that puppy for a while.

But there’s also a few gems in the line-up.

Good news for BlackBerry fans, with three new handsets due in the coming months. The BlackBerry “Monza” is first up at the end of July, with a 1.2GHz single-core Snapdragon and BlackBerry 7 for around $200; then August sees the launch of both the BlackBerry Bold Touch and “Apollo”, a new Curve-esque device with the traditional QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung’s Hercules leads the Android charge, with Android 2.3 (that’s Gingerbread flavour), a huge 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1080p video capture, debuts at the end of September, but you might want to hold off on buying that Hercules.

There’s no firm launch date, but This Is My Next has heard tell of a new HTC Android handset called “G-Infinity”. They think it’s a successor to the T-Mobile G-series devices, so if you’re looking for a handset more suited to the power-user, that might be the one to wait for.

If, however, you’re a T-Mobile customer with a thing for Windows Phones, maybe the HTC Bresson is what you’re waiting for. Other than it being on T-Mo’s roadmap, scheduled for release sometime ‘beyond’ September, the guys from This Is My Next don’t know too much about this one, but pocketnow.com thinks they know exactly what it is.

They’re declaring the Bresson to be a new Windows Phone from HTC, with a mighty 16-megapixel camera round the back. The expected timeframe for the arrival of this device suggests it will be powered by Windows Phone 7.5 or “Mango”.

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16mpxl camera sensor from HTC... good lawd get ready for super grainy matte pictures in huge resolution that look like a watercolor painting.

BryanWJ said,
Too little too late. My contract ends in July, then I'm gone.
Not me. I'm staying, but will make sure i renew my contract before the merger closes. I can't get the same plan anywhere else and i don't want new equipment right now. They will honor the rate plans as long as your on contract.

Once my contract's up and its at&t, and they want to force me onto some crappy plan, im outta here.

Terry_X said,
awaits the day they compact a canon eos 500D into a phone

EOS500D == ~500g of glass to make photos look good.

There is no way there will be a phone with image quality that rivals the quality of a DSLR (at least not in the next few years):
Much smaller chip where the pixels must fit in, and very small optics that get outresolved by the chips behind them.

Also, the smaller chip results in higher Depth of Field, which give an awfully digital look to images.

There is simply no need for 16mp in a point and click, small form factor camera - I would rather that make better sensors that handle low light, action shots and allow fast action - I mean, you'll end up with bigger files, with more pixels, and a lower colour/light quality! no thanks.

We need to put a stop to the megapixel race, and focus on better sensors - you know, things that make pictures look better?

duddit2 said,
There is simply no need for 16mp in a point and click, small form factor camera - I would rather that make better sensors that handle low light, action shots and allow fast action - I mean, you'll end up with bigger files, with more pixels, and a lower colour/light quality! no thanks.

We need to put a stop to the megapixel race, and focus on better sensors - you know, things that make pictures look better?

This. I've got an HTC desire (the original), and it's got a "5 megapixel camera" in it, and the picture quality nothing short of sucks. I take a photo in dim light, and the photo looks OK, but on a sunny day all the photos come out in shades of blue (ruining some of my holiday photos), and in dark rooms everything looks really murky.

duddit2 said,
There is simply no need for 16mp in a point and click, small form factor camera - I would rather that make better sensors that handle low light, action shots and allow fast action - I mean, you'll end up with bigger files, with more pixels, and a lower colour/light quality! no thanks.

We need to put a stop to the megapixel race, and focus on better sensors - you know, things that make pictures look better?

Absolutely agreed. Not only do sensors need to improve, but the lens quality on most phones is not good enough to take good pictures. They're okay, but combined with sensors giving us terribly grainy pictures, and I can wait for a megapixel bump.

To be frank, a good 5 MP camera sensor will probably always be good enough for me. Any more than that and the quality is going to be lost on me because I view it on my computer monitor, or simply store it in a photo album. I am not printing massive sheets of my pictures. A real camera at 5-8MP is good enough on my monitors (well, currently, until 1080p becomes low resolution).

Faisal Islam said,
16 megapixel camera? that would be nice.

No not really. MPs don't matter unless there is a nice sensor behind it. The iPhone 4 with its 5MP Camera took better pictures than my Droid Incredible that had 8MPs. In fact my current phone (HTC Thunderbolt) also has an 8MP camera and it takes better pictures than my old Incredible.

Faisal Islam said,
16 megapixel camera? that would be nice.

Any phone can take 16 MP images. Just take a 2 MP shot and blow it up in Photoshop. it will look like the same piece of crap that this new camera will take.

Skwerl said,

Any phone can take 16 MP images. Just take a 2 MP shot and blow it up in Photoshop. it will look like the same piece of crap that this new camera will take.

No, go do some research on how megapixels work. Stretching an image to match a higher megapixel image is not the same. Ignorance Award! Congrats!