March 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is an Android phone. As suspected and telegraphed by previous T-Mobile plans, the flip-top keyboard form factor of the Sidekick has been reborn into the Android family. Samsung and T-Mobile confirmed the Sidekick 4G moments ago, promising to deliver the phone this spring in black or pearl magenta.
Samsung designed the Sidekick 4G, the latest phone to support T-Mobile 4G speeds of up to 21 Mbps. The Sidekick also has a 3.5-inch display, a five-row QWERTY keyboard that pops open in classic fashion, a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, VGA front-facing camera, and Android 2.2. The design of the phone seems to be an off-shoot of TouchWiz UI tweaked to be a little different.
The Samsung-made Sidekick also comes with a heavy dose of pre-loaded software: Samsung Media Hub, T-Mobile Video Chat with Qik, DriveSmart, Group Text or Cloud Text, T-Mobile TV, and Slacker Radio will all be on the Sidekick.
Price has not yet been revealed for the Sidekick 4G but we can gather that the phone will appear in stores soon. T-Mobile announced that it will shut down the servers that power the current generation of Sidekick phones, so they will need to have a similar phone for users to quickly transition. The Sidekick 4G is a completely new experience compared to the previous iterations, but this is a major upgrade for anyone still using that much-loved but much-aged software.
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