The Sidekick LX 2009 has been a long-time coming and we have had glimpses of the handset, also known as the Sidekick Blade
, a few months back courtesy of strategic PR leaks. The day has finally arrived however and the Sidekick LX 2009 will be on general release on May 13th 2009. Roll on.
The specs are much what we have expected, no WiFi but a host of other apps, connectivity and functions that will make this the stand out handset of the Sidekick range. The Sidekick LX 2009 comes with a 3.2-inch VGA display(not touchscreen), GPS, 3G data and integrated Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace applications. Genuinely one for the social-network generation with availability on pay as you go mobile broadband
plans. On the hardware side we have a 3.2 megapixel AF camera with LED flash, microSD expansion with an included T-Mobile 1GB card straight out the box, video recording and playback, stereo Bluetooth, quadband EDGE, and HSDPA 2100 high-speed internet access for our European friends.
The Sidekick LX 2009 is definitely a snazzy piece of hardware but it does still have the traditional plastic Sidekick feel to it. Available in “carbon” (black) or “orchid” (maroon), the May 13th release date will see a lot of fans of the current iteration pick up the Sidekick LX 2009 , along with a few new admirers as well.
See below for more press pics, hands on pics and the press release
Be the hub of your social circle with the latest T-Mobile® Sidekick® LX. Your fast-paced life needs a device that can keep you constantly connected – whether planning an impromptu BBQ, embarking on a career, or traveling this summer – the high-speed, 3G-enabled T-Mobile Sidekick LX will have the bases covered. The new Sidekick LX is the ultimate device for virtual socialites with built-in support for the top social networking applications including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, as well as GPS-enabled Live Search.
The Sidekick LX also offers the largest and sharpest screen to-date for a Sidekick device, which helps support the enhanced video capability – record and share easily with friends and family via upload to video Web sites, Bluetooth®, or MMS messaging. The refined LX boasts the thinnest design of the Sidekick family while maintaining the iconic swivel screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The phone is available in carbon and orchid finishes with moodlights running horizontally across the top of the screen.
Key features of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX include:
Integrated social networking application bundle includes Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
High-speed Web browsing with 3G support
Built-in GPS support with Live Search
3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash
Ability to record, play and share videos
o Share recorded videos via e-mail and upload videos to social networking sites
o Watch videos on YouTube via the web browser or on MySpace
Carbon or orchid finish
Music player with streaming audio and streaming RTSP video
3.2-inch F-WVGA screen with high-definition LCD technology with 854×480 resolution
Support for personal e-mail, SMS, MMS, instant messaging (IM)
o Built-in IM clients include AOL® Instant Messenger, Windows Live and Yahoo! ® Messenger
Iconic swivel design and full QWERTY keyboard (manufactured by Sharp)
Intuitive user interface with Quick Find to search across all applications
Network Address Book
Included 1GB microSD™ memory card
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP supports stereo Bluetooth and Bluetooth file transfer to other Bluetooth devices including photo printers
Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches; 5.7 ounces
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE worldphone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Dual-band UMTS/HSDPA (AWS Band IV & Band I)
1250 mAh Lithium Ion battery
Battery: 3G – 3 hours talk time, 6 days standby; 2G – 5.5 hours talk time, 8 days standby
Software and services provided by Danger, a Microsoft subsidiary
Shortly following launch, T-Mobile plans to make available Exchange Active Sync support via the Sidekick
Download Catalog so customers can stay virtually connected to work
The T-Mobile Sidekick LX will be available for purchase for current customers during the pre-sale starting April 17 for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and mail-in-rebate.* The Sidekick LX will be available nationally May 13 at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.com.