T-Mobile USA is adding a slider-keyboard version of its Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G line of mid-range smartphones. The carrier anticipates a June arrival of the new phone.
The myTouch 3G Slider comes with a couple of features unique to this model of myTouch devices. The myTouch 3G Slider includes “Faves Gallery,” which presents up to 20 of the user’s contacts and the different ways that they communicate with them — calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking updates — in a dedicated application accessible through a soft button and a widget.
The device also attempts to separate work life from personal life with myModes. The new feature allows users to create different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers for work and home.
Also available is the Genius Button, which is a version of voice search powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications. The feature also will read text messages aloud and allows dictation of responses.
The myTouch 3G Slider is designed by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile and features a 3.4-inch HVGA touch-screen display with virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out qwerty keyboard. The phone features a 5-megapixel camera, pre-installed 8GB microSD card, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
T-Mobile gave no immediate word on price.