T-Mobile USA Launches Sidekick LX For $200

While the HTC-built G1 has undoubtedly become the face of T-Mobile, the long-standing Sidekick line is getting a new face of its own today. T-Mobile USA has just launched the Sidekick LX, which features a long-awaited 3G radio and the same iconic swivel design that has made the form factor so appealing over the years.

Additionally, prospective buyers can look forward to GPS-enabled Live Search and improved video capabilities, and it is available for pre-order starting today in two new colors -- orchid and carbon. Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA, chimed in with a few very positive things to say: "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. 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."

As the world rallies around social networking applications, the 'Communities' section of the Sidekick provides easy access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter -- something that's sure to help sales in this day and age. GPS-enabled Live Search lets Sidekick LX customers map their current location and search for a nearby coffee shop or café, share favorite spots with friends via integration with Sidekick’s messaging capabilities, or view additional search tabs to quickly check real time traffic, gas prices or movie showtimes.

There's also an upgraded 3.2MP camera and video recording capabilities, which aren't found on too many smartphones these days. The full specifications and details are posted below, and the news you're really after (a price and a ship date) is as follows: May 13th at $199.99 on a two-year contract.

T-Mobile Sidekick LX features 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
    • Share recorded videos via e-mail and upload videos to social networking sites
    • 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 854x480 resolution
  • Support for personal e-mail, SMS, MMS, instant messaging (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.