A T-Mobile document leaked on the Web has revealed the name of the next Sidekick device, and when it will be released..
Codenamed Gekko, the next model in this product line will reportedly be called simply the T-Mobile Sidekick, though it will also be known as the Sidekick 2008 to differentiate it from other versions.
Positioned as an entry-level model, it will be a refinement to the formula that has made the Sidekick a popular device for many.
About the New Sidekick
T he leaked document gives a fairly complete overview of this device.
As with previous versions, the Sidekick 2008 will still be featured only on T-Mobile (US). And it will still be a GSM device that only uses EDGE for data connectivity.
The 2.6 Wide-QVGA screen will still use the kick-flip design to show/hide the QWERTY keyboard. This will not be a touchscreen, and so interaction will remain limited to the keyboard and the directional pad.
A 2.0 megapixel camera will be built in, which will be able to take pictures and record and share video. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) will allow users to wirelessly listen to stored music and multimedia.
The new Sidekick will also feature removable shells. The default black will be accompanied by two other shells. Additional shell designs will be available after launch. It is not known if users will be able to create their own shells by purchasing a template shell and adding their own colors and graphics.
Pricing and Availability
the leaked document explicitly says this device will hit the market July 30.
The current Sidekick sells for under $200 with a service contract. It’s expected that this same pricing will remain in place for the new model.
For more information about the T-Mobile Sidekick, visit the Sidekick official website