First Sidekick to get a touchscreen
Back during MWC, we learned a few tidbits about the Sidekick 4G smartphone from Samsung that would be heading to the T-Mobile network. Samsung and T-Mobile have now made the smartphone official and offered most of the details on the new Android device.
The Sidekick 4G will have a 3.5-inch screen and the screen is touch sensitive. This makes the 4G the first Sidekick to have a touchscreen. It still has the sturdy tilt hinge that angles the screen for easy viewing while using the physical QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone will run on the T-Mobile 4G network with peak downloads speeds of 21Mbps.
The keyboard has five rows of keys and supports lots of messaging including Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text. The device is SMS capable as well and the Cloud Text feature allows the user to send and receive texts using their computer rather than the smartphone if wanted.
Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile selected Samsung to help create the next-generation Sidekick and carry the iconic Sidekick brand and device to the next level. Samsung redesigned the new Sidekick 4G with our best-in-class hardware, combined with T-Mobile’s 4G network speeds, the Android operating system, and unique messaging and entertainment features, to make this a perfect match for both loyal Sidekick fans and new Sidekick owners.”
The Sidekick supports Facebook and Twitter and will have access to the Android Market and more. The device is also an entertainment hub with lots of programming that can be rented or purchased from the Samsung Media Hub and access to CBS, Fox, MTV, NBC, and lots more. The brains of the new Sidekick are a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. The phone has a VGA front facing camera and supports video chat. The phone will come in black or pink colors with pricing and availability unannounced at this time.