We aren’t quite sure how an announcement from Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Rene Oberman and T-Mobile USA’s CEO Phillip Humm wasn’t official, but today T-Mobile has officially announced the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.
Today T-Mobile announced that they are releasing the Sidekick 4G later on this spring. T-Mobile has enlisted Samsung (the #1 provider of mobile phones in the US) to undertake the project of releasing the Sidekick 4G. The original Sidekick debuted in 2002 and was the brain child of Andy Rubin and his company Danger. Rubin developed the Sidekick as the “Hiptop” before eventually starting his own little company called “Android” which was later purchased by Google and started the Android revolution.
The original sidekick and featured a signature “Pop Tilt” hinge which revealed a 5 row QWERTY keyboard that made the phone so popular.
The new version features a similar keyboard along with new features like Sidekick Group Text and Sidekick Cloud Text.
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“Backed by the faster speeds on T–Mobile’s 4G network, the new Sidekick 4G offers customers both speed and style,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T–Mobile USA. “We’ve reinvented the messaging experience that made the Sidekick such an iconic device, and supercharged it with communication and entertainment experiences that take full advantage of our 4G network.”
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.”
Other features include:
Android 2.2 Froyo (meh)
Video Chat powered by Qik
1 Ghz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
Unique Qwerty keyboard
And choice of two colors matte black or pearl magenta
The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is expected later this spring.