May 4, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
T-Mobile has decided to confirm the myTouch 3G Slide, announcing that the next HTC-built Android device will appear this summer (expected for June).
The myTouch 3G Slide, which I will refer to hereafter simply as the Slide, is a T-Mobile USA exclusive myTouch with a slide-out keyboard. The Slide runs Android 2.1, has a 3.4-inch touchsreen and slide-out QWERTY, is compatible with HSPA+, and includes the new version of Sense nicknamed the Espresso ROM. Also included are a 5 Megapixel camera, custom music player, 8GB microSD card, and “enhanced video capabilities” for snapping photos and videos.
Here are some highlights lifted from the T-Mobile announcement (NOTE: These are all direct quotes from T-Mobile:
Life is hectic, so it’s easy to miss opportunities to connect with loved ones. Faves Gallery presents up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them — calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking updates — in a dedicated application accessible through a soft button and an easy-to-use widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond. All of your Faves® get special status on your myTouch 3G Slide™; anytime they communicate with you or update their social network you get a notification in the notification pane. Even if you’re not using your phone, a custom green light lets you know you’ve got a communication waiting from one of your Faves. And you can respond directly from the Faves Gallery, without launching e-mail or other applications, so you connect more quickly and more often with the important people in your life.
myModes helps you draw the line between work and home by creating different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers to empower people in the different roles they play each day. You can set myModes to switch at a designated time, by location, or manually with the option to create and store up to 10 customized modes. myModes removes clutter and makes you more efficient both at work and at home. Want to forget about work on the weekend? No need to hide your work phone or switch to another device; just put away your work tools, like e-mail and your calendar by switching modes, and bring forward all the things you love to do on Saturday.
With the Genius Button, you press one button, talk, and it delivers. The Genius Button, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), is an easy-to-access button on the front of the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide allowing the use of voice commands to control the phone and it’s features including making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or your surroundings. It will even read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally as if you were speaking directly to a person.