T-Mobile announces MyTouch 3G slide

The existence of a slide-out keyboard version of the MyTouch 3G has been widely accepted as truth for the past few months, and today's press release confirms what we already assumed. The MyTouch 3G Slide will be available for purchase on the T-mobile network sometime in June 2010. It will ship with Android 2.1. It sports a 3.4" touch-screen WVGA screen, a virtual keyboard as well as the eponymous slide-out QWERTY pad, and 8GB of pre-installed MicroSD memory. It will be available in black, white or red. 

New Features on this incarnation of the MyTouch 3G include:

  • Faves Gallery - A dedicated app to manage 20 of your most common contacts. It is a robust social communication tool that facilitates instant communication and updates throughout your Faves contact list, sending you notifications when any of your Faves posts social network activity or communicates with you. 
  • myModes: Change your theme using time-based cues. Have a clean, professional, and efficient theme and app set for the weekday, and automatically switch to a colorful, wild, and email free party theme for the weekends. 
  • Genius Button: An enhanced voice command tool that can read back text messages, take dictation, search the web, and make calls, and powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communication.

Engadget got some hands-on time with the phone, and were generally impressed with the functionality. They praised the voice-recognition by Dragon Dictation as "some of the best we've played with, nailing complex text message dictation (including the word Engadget) on the first try. Honestly, it put Google's stock voice recognition to shame." They weren't as impressed with the aesthetics of the phone, citing a plasticky shell, and over-styling. The older-generation Quallcomm CPU managed fine on the phone, but they would rather have had the newer Snapdragon chip. 

Image courtesy of Engadget

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I'm loving this. I wanted to get a MyTouch when my contract is up in a few months, but I absolutely need a physical keyboard, which had me looking at the Motorola Cliq instead. Problem solved.

Joey H said,
I'm loving this. I wanted to get a MyTouch when my contract is up in a few months, but I absolutely need a physical keyboard, which had me looking at the Motorola Cliq instead. Problem solved.

Nokia N900 or Motorola Droid

Edited by alfaaqua, May 5 2010, 11:30am :

That OS looks kind of messy... It doesn't look like it would be that user friendly... I'd be curious to play with one for a little bit to see though...

Hmmm...I'd like it better if the keyboard had a portrait orientation instead, similar to a BlackBerry. The wide keyboard seems difficult to type without using both hands.

That's kind of the point of this layout though. Its for people (like me) who hate the cramped keyboards of BlackBerrys and other similar phones. And this is from someone who has relatively small hands!!

Yea, I have the original MT3G and have been waiting for the upcoming 2.x rom (OEM) but it just hasn't happened. I think it's time to consider an upgrade.. oh 'yea

SputnikGamer said,
didnt NetAirus Technologies LLC already patent this?

How do you patent a physical keyboard they've been around for years now on a wide variety of mobile devices

/- Razorfold said,

How do you patent a physical keyboard they've been around for years now on a wide variety of mobile devices

But this T-Mobile phone has a relative large flat panel display device assembly, an expandable hinge device, a battery power source, a keyboard assembly, a wireless communication device, is capable of sending bi-directional realtime communications of voice, audio, text, graphics, and probably video data. Clearly T-Mobile is infringing on the patents of NetAirus Technologies LLC....

"The patent states:

A small light weight modular microcomputer based computer and communications systems, designed for both portability and desktop uses. The systems make use of a relative large flat panel display device assembly (2), an expandable hinge device (10), battery power source (9), keyboard assembly (16), and wireless communications devices (32, 51). The systems are capable of bi-directional realtime communications of voice, audio, text, graphics and video data. Both wire-based or wireless communications methods and devices are implemented. Wireless communications devices may include one or more telephone-like handsets (14) and/or earset (34). The wireless communication devices may include one or more antennae (32). Systems can be configured in a portable arrangement similar to conventional notebook computers, but can be quickly and easily disassembled and re-assembled for office desktop uses. Systems may consist of a base computer unit (100) comprising wireless communication devices may act as a relay station relaying voice and other data between the handset or earset and external wide area communications networks. The system may be capable of performing, personal digital assistant (PDA), cellular telephone, conventional notebook computer, desktop computer functions."

And so does every laptop / phone out there =/

And dam, that has to be the most retarded patent ever made

Edited by -Razorfold, May 4 2010, 10:59pm :

roadwarrior said,
Well, to be fair, this phone fits the patent description a hell of a lot closer than the iPhone does!

So what button do I press on my iPhone to activate this physical keyboard I have been missing out on?

The only problem with this device is the damn standard 528mhz Qualcomm chip that companies have been in love with since 2007. It's old and needs to die already.

bangbang023 said,
The only problem with this device is the damn standard 528mhz Qualcomm chip that companies have been in love with since 2007. It's old and needs to die already.

From other sources for this phone it says the cpu is rated at 600-750mhz and has 512mb of ram. Yes it is the older chip but faster than the other ones.

Oh wow that looks nice! Though I wonder why they couldn't do that with the touch pro 2, they look a gorgeous design from HTC and turned it into something crap.