T-Mobile USA have finally axed their Sidekick range of messaging handsets, with a statement confirming PhoneScoop's news that as of today the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available to customers. However, it's not the end of the brand; the carrier says they're at "work on the next chapter of our storied Sidekick franchise."
Sometimes a leaky rumor comes along that you desperately want to believe, and here's a good example. Tmonews and PhoneDog reckon that T-Mobile are preparing to launch the Sidekick Twist, an Android-based handset made by HTC (but bearing the Sidekick brand) with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a whopping 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display.
There seems to be a lot of chatter about 4G today. For good reason, of course. As we get further and further into 2010, wireless carriers are focusing more and more on the fact that 4G is becoming a very, very real feature that people want. Then there's no surprise that we got an email from T-Mobile today, telling us that their HSPA+ network is out there, working, and there's already devices out there that take advantage of it, with more to come.
While we've pretty much known that T-Mobile plan to launch the HTC HD2 in the US sometime this month, what we haven't been aware of is what sort of pricing we should expect. Thanks to a nifty leak from Tmonews, however, we now know figures for not only the HD2 but the CLIQ XT and the Nokia Nuron (aka the ExpressMusic 5230). Best news? The HD2 isn't as expensive as we feared it might be.
US HTC HD2 owners could see their patience rewarded with boosted specifications when the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone arrives on T-Mobile in March. The official listing for the handset has gone live on HTC's site, and where the original European model packs a 512MB ROM and 448MB RAM, the US version will apparently get 1GB ROM and 576MB RAM. That should mean the US-spec HD2 runs faster and has more room for onboard applications, as well as having longer-term implications for Windows Mobile 7 upgrades.
T-Mobile USA's roadmap for Android devices has leaked, suggesting that the HTC Magic - aka T-Mobile myTouch 3G - will hit the market over the summer, priced at $179, and be followed in the fall by two new handsets. Firstly, for QWERTY lovers, the G1 v2 "Bigfoot", and also the Samsung Houdini.
When it comes to releasing new devices, Samsung and the rest of the manufacturer bunch doesn't always aim for the top of the ladder - case in point, the Samsung Captivate Glide, a dual-core smartphone with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a slide-out keyboard. This device is being released on AT&T's 4G network (not LTE, mind you, just regular ol' 4G) and is currently one of the only dual-core smartphones with a keyboard on the market. If we turn away from the keyboard for a moment and focus on the rest of the device, I think you'll find that while this handset certainly doesn't seem to be up to the task of beating down the very top of the pack of smartphones out today, it's certainly a wrestler for the dual-core lovers of you out there in AT&T Land.
The last time we spoke about the possibility of a device by the name of HTC Ruby, it was an image reflected in a tablet screen - very strange! Since then, we've gotten word that HTC will be releasing several new handsets by the end of 2011 and our sister-site Android Community has seen the HTC Ruby photographed by Mr Blurrycam. Now we've got a whole boatload of details and some additional leaked photos that you're gonna love.