T-Mobile abandons the frills with their latest Sidekick, which is named simply “the Sidekick.” Even so, this Sidekick has progressed a ton since the original Sidekick in 2002. The Sidekick sports a 400×240 WQVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera, video recording, Bluetooth 2.0, and a microSD slot. The Sidekick is also the first Sidekick to come with customizable shells, which are available from SidekickShells for $14.99. With a 2 year T-Mobile contract, the Sidekick will only set you back $149. For a review of the new Sidekick, click here!
BGR received some leaked T-Mobile snapshots that depict the Sidekick 2008 (nicknamed the Sidekick Gecko), which will launch on July 31st. Despite the rather lame name, the Sidekick 2008 boasts some nice features. The Sidekick 2008 will have Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, a 2 megapixel camera, a 2.6″ WQVGA screen, video recording, and stereo A2DP Bluetooth. You will also be able to customize your Sidekick 2008 via customizable shells. No word on pricing, but since the Sidekick 2008 is an entry-level phone, it will probably be around $200.
The Sidekick LX update will officially drop on June 25th, although it may take up to 4 weeks for it to fully roll out. Anticipated features include video capture support, the ability to send or receive photos, video, and music via Bluetooth, and Quickfind. Here is a list of new features, via BGR:
- Capture videos using the new video mode
- Playback from the SD card or email attachments using the media player
- Share videos via email, Picture messaging, and Bluetooth
- Listen to songs or videos using a stereo Bluetooth device
- Send and receive photos, videos, or music via Bluetooth
- 3 IM clients & enhancements to AIM® and Yahoo!® Messenger
- Create and join group chats
- See who is logged into IM from the address book or email and instantly start a conversation
- Set a custom status message then keep chatting
- Search for friends in a buddy list
- Got more buddies than you can keep track of? See who’s online right from the address book or email, and search for friends in your buddy lists
- Select how Web pages are displayed based on preference
- PC-like, full-size layout to pan & scan while reading o Standard Sidekick screen-size layout to simply scroll down the page to read · Mini Page to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page
- Save images from Web pages to the SD card Personalize the way you want to surf
- Device does not restart after a download. Just install an item, and it’s ready to use
- Capture videos and share them directly from the Camera app
- Video integration for playback, send, and save to gallery
- QuickFind: search for keywords across applications to find messages or information
- Spell Checker
Looks pretty exciting for Sidekick LX users!
TmoNews claims that two new sidekicks will drop this summer. The first, named SK Gekko, will allegedly launch July 27th. The second side-kick, code-named Sidekick Aspen, is estimated to have a July 30th launch. And look out! 3G capabilities are possibly in the future for these new sidekicks!
T-Mobile announced the two newest sidekicks- the Sidekick Slide and the Sidekick LX. The Sidekick LX is designed by Sharp and has a swivel WQVGA LCD display, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a microSD slot. The Sidekick Slide is designed by Motorola and is slightly smaller, a slide-up QVGA LCD screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera and a QWERTY keyboard. Look for the Sidekick LX to launch October 24th and the Sidekick Slide to launch November 7th.