The Samsung Behold II is still launching on T-Mobile on November 18th but there are some whispers that the price might actually be $229.99 with new 2-year contract rather than our previously reported $199.99. As we were already questioning the $199 price point, $229 is simply too high. Would an AMOLED screen and Touchwiz UI  be enough to make the Behold II more appealing than a DROID for $199, a Sprint HTC Hero for $179 or a DROID Eris for $99?

Engadget just unboxed the Behold II and came away noting that the device is heavy, thin enough, and the buttons are enjoyable to click. The screen is gorgeous (of course) but not any more gorgeous than the DROID's screen. Overall the hardware is great and packs some good build quality but the software might need some work. They note that Touchwiz seems to slow down Android a bit but will need further testing to see it in action. Remember, the Behold II will launch with Android 1.5.

Hit the jump to see some photos and video of the Behold II in action! 



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Samsung Behold II Gets Unboxed, Actually Costs $229.99 ?


how do they do something like this? the G1 thats been out forever on Tmobile is running 1.6, and they are releasing another NEW phone thats going to still run 1.5?

Marketing people at Tmobile have no clue what market wants. This phone could have everything Verizon "Droid does" if OS was 2.0.
Such a loosers! Hopefuly they will feel enough of pain when will be short on cash.

What in the world is in the brains of the TMo world? Are they zombies running around? This phone is ridiculous with the cheesy 'cube' interface, 1.5 and $229.99? WTF Is anybody at home over there...? Verizon Droid is 2.0....I think they are just really want to sink the ship.

I ordered mine today so hope to get started within the next few days. Can't wait to take a crack at the Samsung Behold II. From what I read on, The Behold II include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, a 5-megapixel camera, and up 16GB expandable memory via the microSD slot. Samsung stated that the smartphone follows on the success of its Samsung Behold and takes it to the next level with the addition of Android, bringing support for Google services and Exchange ActiveSync.