Next-Generation T-Mobile Sidekick LX Will Have Professional Features

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T-Mobile USA has just unveiled a new version of the Sidekick LX. Although this line of smartphones has sometimes been dismissed as “kiddie” smartphones, this upcoming model appears ready to play in the big leagues.

The Sidekick LX 2009 will have a 3.2-inch, WVGA+ (854 by 480 pixel) display and support T-Mobile’s 3G service.

In addition, it will and offer a GPS receiver, with turn-by-turn directions and maps supplied by Microsoft Live. Its GPS software will also allow users to quickly check real-time traffic, gas prices, or movie showtimes

T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009And while the Sidekicks have always been aimed at consumers, T-Mobile plans to release Exchange ActiveSync support so users can access their corporate email on this device.

More about the Sidekick LX 2009
This device will have the same general design as its predecessors with a swiveling screen and QWERTY keyboard, but with the thinnest casing yet.

It will allow users to view YouTube videos in the web browser, and come with a suite of social-networking software, including apps for Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

This model will also sport a 3.2 MPx camera with auto-focus that will support video recording. Users will be able to share their videos via e-mail or upload them to social networking sites.

Other consumer-friendly features will include IM software, with clients for AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live, and Yahoo! Messenger.

The latest Sidekick LX will have a microSD card slot, and be bundled with a 1 GB card.  It will also have Stereo Bluetooth.

Overall, this device will be 5.1 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.6 inches, and 5.7 ounces.

Pricing and Availability
The Sidekick LX is available now to existing T-Mobile customers through a Web-only pre-sale at www.sidekick.com. The new device will be available for all on May 13 at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.com.

Pre-orders cost $200 with a two-year agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.

Source: T-Mobile USA

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