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Samsung-manufactured device will sport front-facing camera and Android 2.2.1

No surprise here -- it appears that "The Great 4G Robbery" continues, with leaked photos confirming an HSPA+ version of T-Mobile's once-ubiquitous Sidekick. And like the HSPA+ MyTouch and Galaxy S before it, the new Sidekick will bear the 4G imprint in its name.

Aside from that, the Sidekick 4G actually does pack a few surprises. First, the new device will be manufactured by Samsung, as TmoNews reports and the pictures confirm. This is surprising because Sidekick traditionally was a Sharp product (with the exception of the Sidekick Slide, manufactured by Motorola).

Secondly, it appears that the device sports a front-facing camera, while retaining the signature Sidekick form factor.

The third surprise isn't all that surprising when you consider that the Sidekick line has been all but dead since Android came to town. It looks like Google's mobile OS handily won this battle, because the Sidekick 4G is said to be running Android 2.2.1, according to TmoNews.

Time will tell what additional features the device boasts to differentiate itself from, say, the G2. No additional specs or release date have yet been revealed.

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Annnnnnnnnnnd I'm turned off...
By quiksilvr on 1/28/2011 9:36:17 AM , Rating: 4
Seriously, what a god-awful looking device. Its chunky, clunky and not even true widescreen. And on top of that, it isn't even running 2.3.

RE: Annnnnnnnnnnd I'm turned off...
By bah12 on 1/28/2011 10:11:57 AM , Rating: 3
But, but... it slides.

By MGSsancho on 1/28/2011 6:06:19 PM , Rating: 3
widescreen refers to aspect ratio of 16:9 or more. this does indeed have a widescreen. if you don't like it try one of the other dozens of android phones.

By CZroe on 1/28/2011 10:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
The Sidekick has been a T-Mobile brand SPECIFICALLY so that they can shop around at other manufacturers for successor phones. The original Sidekick was made by Danger, the crew purchased by Microsoft and recently responsible for the Kin phones. It was called the Danger Hiptop until T-Mobile changed the name. At first, people wondered why but it soon became obvious. If you knew Motorola and Sharp were responsible for past handsets and you now knew that Samsung will be, why behave as if Motorola was a fluke? Oh yeah: Because you're trying to make it sound more news-worthy than it is. Do your due diligence.

"Droid" is Verizon's similar line of branded phones from various manufacturers. The main difference is that Verizon still markets them as Motorola, HTC, etc "Droids."

RE: "Traditionally?"!!
By bah12 on 1/28/2011 10:21:53 AM , Rating: 3
I thought that was odd wording as well, but latching on to it is a bit nit picky. Do you honestly expect DT to change a poor word choice when they have a blatantly wrong paragraph in (oddly one that a bunch of commenters latched on to as fact).
The lone sign of hope for these firms is Vehicle Production Group LLC, an Indiana startup that may soon receive a loan to build a wheel chair powered by compressed natural gas. While the loan isn't yet official, the DOE announced it in November.
As a poster pointed out the VPG company does not produce wheel chairs at all, just transport vehicles.

I can almost guarantee you that the error will be there for years to come, no retraction or correcting just head in the sand DT editing at it's finest.

Like it or not they just don't care, so I wouldn't hold your breath on a mere poor word choice.

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