T-Mobile’s latest flagship phone, the MyTouch 4G Slide, goes on sale July 27 for $199 on contract. I was fortunate enough to meet up with some T-Mo reps today to get a tour of the HTC-made device and a review unit. So, of course, I loitered in a random office building and filmed an unboxing video; ’cause that’s how the Buffalo roams.
MT4G Slide’s big new feature is the camera – T-Mo reps swear it’s the greatest thing since … Instagram? While the specs – 8MP with dual flash, 1080p camcorder – are impressive, it’s the sensor itself and the software behind it that’s got Magenta all excited. The PR folk swear this cameraphone does better in low light than anything you’ve ever held and has a “zero lag shutter” that makes reload frustration a thing of the past. Not to mention the software that auto-senses and switches capture modes to best fit the image-grabbing situation at hand.
We’ll see about all of that, but in the meantime T-Mo’s commitment to “minimalist” customization of Android and HTC Sense is evident. MyTouch 4G Slide ships with modified versions of Android 2.3.4 and Sense 3.0, featuring some UI modifications, the aforementioned souped-up camera software, and the MyTouch line’s signature “Genius Button” voice control system. With a 3.7-inch QVGA display backed by a slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 768 MB of RAM, and front-facing camera for Qik video calls, MT4G Slide offers just about every feature you might want in a top-shelf smartphone. If, that is, you want a phone with a hard keyboard.
And oh yeah, Netflix comes pre-installed … but no discounts on those monthly subscription rates that just went up.
Click Play above to check out the MyTouch 4G Slide unboxing. We’ll be back with a full review after a few days’ worth of putting this thing through its paces.