T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide made official alongside seven new HSPA+ citiesAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
And just like that, the wait is finally over. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide has been one of the leakier handsets in recent memory, but it's finally been made official in the dead of night. So what kind of specs does this bad boy pack? Glad you asked. The myTouch 4G Slide has a 3.7-inch 480x800 super LCD display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera with that T-Mobile claims is the "most advanced camera on any smartphone," 1080p video capture, VGA front-facing camera, preinstalled 8GB microSD card, physical QWERTY keyboard, khaki or black color schemes, and Android 2.3 beneath HTC Sense 3.0. Expect the myTouch 4G Slide to be available in July for $199.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.
Getting back to that camera quickly, the myTouch 4G Slide features improved low-light performance with an illuminated sensor and wide aperture lens, zero shutter lag, SweepShot for "capturing panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion," ClearShot HDR to help take better photos in bright settings, and BurstShot to allow users to take several photos in a quick burst. Sounds pretty attractive, no? You can check out the myTouch 4G Slide's camera in action in the short clip embedded below.
The myTouch 4G Slide and its fancy camera weren't the only things announced by T-Mobile tonight, as the carrier also declared that it's expanded its HSPA+ network to seven new markets. The newly-minted T-Mobile 4G markets are: Barnstable, Mass.; Chico, Calif.; Lancaster, Penn.; Ogden, Utah; Redding, Calif.; Vineland, N.J., and Winchester, Va.
There you have it. The myTouch 4G Slide is packing some pretty impressive specs, especially with its 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8-megapixel shooter that's got enough whiz-bang extras to please most anyone. Some folks may be disappointed that the MT4GS "only" has a 3.7-inch display and that its not of the qHD variety, but the good news is that it is does have a super LCD screen that should appease those bummed out about the display size. So what do you all think? Anyone planning on snagging a myTouch 4G Slide next month?
New T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Delivers Most Advanced Camera of Any Smartphone
Latest myTouch device offers premium smartphone features paired with high-end digital camera capabilities for capturing and sharing life’s special moments
BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 28, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the myTouch? 4G Slide, the latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile’s exclusive line of myTouch products. The myTouch 4G Slide features the most advanced camera of any smartphone with zero shutter lag, backside illuminated sensor and additional premium digital camera features that offer consumers a viable replacement for their digital point-and-shoot cameras. The myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available in July.
T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network continues to expand and is now available in more than 190 markets, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide. With the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, T-Mobile customers in these areas can now take advantage of 4G speeds as they instantly capture and then share special moments at the speed of life.
“Knowing that the best camera is the one you’ve got with you, we set out to create a new best-in-class smartphone that allows our customers to leave their cameras at home,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “Our newest myTouch device takes capturing and sharing memories to a new level by combining high-quality smartphone hardware with features that customers would expect from a top-of-the-line digital camera.”
Ideal for capturing that perfect moment with photos that rival high-end dedicated digital cameras, the myTouch 4G Slide comes with an 8-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash and a host of advanced digital camera features, including the following:
· Improved low-light Performance: with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens (f/2.2)
· Zero shutter lag: innovative software features allow for an instantaneous shot at that precise moment
· SweepShot™: for capturing panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion
· ClearShot™ HDR: for capturing objects in bright settings so your photos are not affected by high-contrast lighting
· BurstShot™: for capturing multiple photos in a quick burst so you don’t miss the perfect photo
Running on America’s Largest 4G Network™, the myTouch 4G Slide allows customers to instantly capture, and then share, quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and one-touch access to post to Facebook?, Picasa? or Flickr? ? all at 4G speeds. A true camera and camcorder replacement, the myTouch 4G Slide features a full HD 1080p camcorder with audio recording and ability to edit videos directly from the device.
Manufactured by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile, the new myTouch 4G Slide features a beautiful 3.7-inch WVGA super LCD touch-screen display, with Swype?, and a slide-out full-QWERTY keyboard, offering customers the freedom to choose how they want to input text. Powered by Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) and HTC Sense 3.0, the myTouch 4G Slide provides an intuitive and powerful smartphone experience. With support for T-Mobile’s lightning-fast 4G network paired with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ processor, myTouch 4G Slide customers will experience quick access to their favorite websites, videos, applications and much more.
The myTouch 4G Slide makes staying connected with loved ones more convenient than ever with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™ for face-to-face video chat on the go and Group Text™ by Bobsled™, which offers an innovative way to send and receive text messages with groups of friends. The new advanced Genius Button™ offers one shot voice commands, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance, that simplify the smartphone experience by enabling users to call, text, find a business or search the Web, all with the press of a button. With the myTouch 4G Slide’s Hands Free mode, customers can stay connected while on the road with the option for all notifications to be read out loud — simply tell the phone to text or dial to continue the conversation.
The myTouch 4G Slide offers preloaded entertainment applications, including T-Mobile? TV, Netflix? and YouTube? for real-time mobile video streaming. The myTouch 4G Slide’s entertainment experience also can be shared with the whole family with T-Mobile KidZone, a built-in feature that allows parents to restrict what applications their kids can access on the device without worrying about them making a call or accessing inappropriate material.
Offered in two colors — black and khaki — the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available exclusively from T-Mobile in July at T-Mobile retail stores, online at http://www.t-mobile.com, and from select national retailers and dealers. Customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide for more information.
T-Mobile’s 4G network has expanded to seven additional markets: Barnstable, Mass.; Chico, Calif.; Lancaster, Penn.; Ogden, Utah; Redding, Calif.; Vineland, N.J., and Winchester, Va.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at http://www.t-mobile.com.