Here you go, Sidekick fiends: The new T-Mobile Sidekick. That's actually what it's officially called - Not the Gekko or Aspen or anything like that, but the "T-Mobile Sidekick," aka "The New Sidekick," aka "Sidekick 2008." The story here is updated features and interchangeable shells. For $10/pop or two for fifteen you can design and purchase plastic shells that snap on and off of the Sidekick to customize the look. We've got a custom PhoneDog.com shell on the way - or so I've been told ...
Meantime the new Sidekick rocks a 2MP camera with video capture and video share capabilities, an improved Web browser, and a 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo Bluetooth for your music on the go needs. Get ready to drop $150 and sign a two-year contract to get the new Sidekick ... which you can do immediately on sidekick.com or at a retail outlet. Meantime peep some pics, drool over the specs, and look out for my unboxing video.
From the press release:
"The new T-Mobile Sidekick is also much smaller than its predecessor but doesn't sacrifice on functionality; the Sidekick comes fully loaded with video capture and playback ability, IM, text-messaging, e-mail and phone, as well as stereo Bluetooth, Quick Find and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The Sidekick is also equipped with multi-media features such as customized Web surfing, an enhanced IM experience and more storage for ringtones, multimedia messages and voice messages."
Additional T-Mobile Sidekick Features Include:
- Easily personalized exterior that provides customers the ability to create 'shells? on their own terms.
- Record, play and share videos: record videos using the camera; receive video attachments from e-mail, picture messaging, or side load videos to the microSD card; play video using the built-in media player; share videos via e-mail, Bluetooth or picture messaging
- T-Mobile myFaves-enabled
- Horizontal swivel screen and full QWERTY keyboard (manufactured by Sharp)
- WQVGA screen with high-definition LCD technology
- Personalized Web surfing: PC-like, full-size layout or standard Sidekick screen-size layout to scroll and read a page; use Mini Page to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page; save images from Web pages to the microSD card
- Customized IM experience: create and join group chats, set custom status messages, search for friends in a buddy list and see who is logged into IM to immediately start a conversation
- Easy downloads: install and use downloads without the need to restart the device; set a theme as the device's default instantly
- Store more information: Up to 25 ringtones, add up to five slides to multimedia messages, and up to 60-second voice messages
- Quick Find to search across all applications
- Dimensions: 4.7? x 2.3? x 0.7?, 5.3 oz.
- 2.6-inch display, 400x240 pixels
- 2.0 megapixel camera
- Quad-band world phone 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- 512mb microSD memory card
- 1030mAh Lion battery
- Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP supports stereo Bluetooth and Bluetooth file transfer to other Bluetooth devices including Bluetooth photo printers.