T-Mobile USA Goes Official with Sidekick LX

Packs it with fast Internet capabilities

By on April 17th, 2009 06:42 GMT
T-Mobile USA, Inc. has finally officially introduced its newest T-Mobile Sidekick LX, which comes with 3G capabilities to offer faster data speeds, as well as leveraged access to popular social media sites, better video capabilities, and GPS-enabled Live Search. The handset is already available for pre-order via a Web-only pre-sale for existing T-Mobile customers and comes with both new features and an iconic swivel design, sporting two new colors, orchid and carbon, while including the sharpest screen and thinnest profile ever present on such a device.

“Our Sidekick customers are going to be blown away by the new features this device is offering, which is why it’s so exciting to give them the exclusive opportunity to get it before anyone else,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA, Inc. “Today’s Sidekick customers are avid communicators, with three out of four accessing social networking sites on their device at least once per week. The real-time notifications, tied with 3G speeds and GPS, will provide customers with the best experience of any Sidekick before, and we expect it will exceed their expectations.”

Among the specifications of the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX, we can count: Built-in GPS, a 3.2-megapixel photo snapper with auto focus, LED flash and video recording capabilities, as well as a 3.2-inch F-WVGA screen able to offer an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, and a microSD memory card slot for additional storage space (a 1GB microSD memory card included in the package).

The feature list of the device shows High-speed Web browsing, video playing and sharing (via e-mail or social networking sites), music player with streaming audio, support for personal e-mail, SMS, MMS and instant messaging (AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live and Yahoo! Messenger), an intuitive user interface with Quick Find to search across all applications, the option to watch videos on YouTube via the web browser or on MySpace, not to mention a social networking application bundle that includes Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

There is also a “Communities” section that offers one-click access to popular social networking sites, while the GPS-enabled Live Search allows users to map their position so as to find info on nearby shops or on traffic, gas prices or movie showtimes. Additionally, the handset includes a built-in self-help application, as well as energetic mood lights that run horizontally across the top of the screen so as to alert users of messages as soon as they arrive. In addition, users will also benefit from personalization options such as the ability to record your own ringtones or to receive them via e-mail.

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX measures 5.1 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and weighs 5.7 ounces. It comes as a worldphone with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) connectivity and support for dual-band UMTS/HSDPA (AWS Band IV & Band I), and packs a 1250 mAh Lithium Ion battery that can offer 3 hours of talk time and 6 days of standby time on 3G networks, as well as 5.5 hours of talk time and 8 days of standby time on 2G frequencies. The price of the device has been set at $200 with a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate, and will become available on May 13.

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