by Robert Triggs, 14 hours ago
It has been difficult to know exactly what to make of HTC recently. The company has been touting success with the One, and is turning decent profits after months of underperforming, but today we learned…
Today T-Mobile USA took the wraps off of its latest Android smartphone, the Android-2.1 powered myTouch 3G Slide, which features the HTC Sense user interface. As the name somewhat implies, this version of the myTouch 3G features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Two of the features that T-Mobile is touting on the new device are Faves Gallery and myModes. The Faves Gallery appears to be an extension of HTC’s previously seen “Inner Circle” functionality on Windows Mobile devices like the HTC Snap. It provides a quick way to access all communications with your 20 favorite contacts. It provides instant access to all IM, email, text messages, calls, and contact info for those contacts, and a homescreen widget gives the user fast, one-tap access to contacting those contacts. There is even a special green LED indicator light that tells you when you have missed a communication from a favorite person. We haven’t seen myModes in action yet, but the description suggests that it is something like HTC’s homescreen scenes in HTC Sense devices, but on steroids, in that it allows for multiple homescreen layouts to be defined and switched to automatically based on date/time or location.
The myTouch 3G Slide also features what T-Mobile is calling a “Genius button”. The button lets the user control the phone with her or her voice and can be used for searching or text input.
Some of the myTouch 3G Slide’s highlight specs include HSPA 3G support, a larger 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, Swype on-screen text input, an optical joystick, Wi-Fi, and a 5 megapixel camera. The full spec list and an additional photo are available after the jump.
Additional photos come from PCMag.com’s hands-on of the device. I suggest you check it out.