The T-Mobile myTouch Slide isn't expected to hit the market until mid-May, but for those interested in the Android OS smartphone, the latest photo of it just leaked out.
Few significant changes have been made to the design since the first image came to light several months ago. The only change is a red casing, unsurprising in a model with a strong consumer focus.
A Preliminary Overview of the T-Mobile myTouch Slide
The original T-Mobile myTouch 3G debuted last year and has a tablet shape with an HVGA touchscreen. The second model in the series is supposedly going down a somewhat different route.
It's reportedly going to offer the same HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) touchscreen with the addition of a four-row QWERTY keyboard that can be hidden behind its display. Next to the screen will be a trackpad.
Both were apparently designed by HTC, despite their different aesthetics.
The next-generation myTouch model will run Google's Android OS., which means it will have strong ties to the company's online services for email, calendar and navigation, among other features.
It's expected to use HTC Sense, an alternative user interface that expands on Google's standard one.
Although many details remain unknown about the Slide, it will likely support T-Mobile's 3G network, and a camera with LED flash, though the resolution is unknown. In addition, leaked information reveals it will include an externally accessible microSD memory card slot and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Availability & Pricing
The T-Mobile myTouch Slide is reportedly going to be released May 19.
What the carrier plans to charge for the smartphone is unknown, but given its feature set, the subsidized price is likely going to be between $100 and $200.
The End of an Era
The myTouch Slide will likely be a replacement for the T-Mobile G1, the original Android OS-based smartphone that has been on the market for more than a year.
Inside sources indicate that when the model is introduced, it will also mark the end of T-Mobile's Sidekick line. Sales of the consumer-oriented smartphones peaked a long time ago, and the wireless carrier is supposedly going to try to lure users to the Android OS.
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