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T-Mobile Readies Two 4G Phones

Bellevue,
Wash. – T-Mobile announced April availability of its previously announced LG-made
G2x and Samsung-made Sidekick phones.

Both
are Android smartphones equipped with 4G HSPA+ service.

Both
models will be in stores April 20. The G2x — formally called the T-Mobile
G2x with Google by LG — will
also become available through the carrier’s website on April 15.

The
carrier also disclosed a G2x price of $199 with two-year service contract.

For its part, the Sidekick will retail for
$99.99 with an unlimited-data plan and $149 with other data plans, as
previously announced.

The
G2x,

unveiled
at the recent CTIA convention,

is a version of the previously
announced 1GHz dual-core LG Optimus 2X, billed as the world’s first phone to
capture, store and play back video in full 1080p/24 fps resolution. The G2x features
what the carrier calls a “Google experience” and comes with Android 2.2 OS,
dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch 400 by 800 capacitive
touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera/camcorder, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera
for video chat, HDMI output with HDMI mirroring, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, MicroUSB 2.0
and a MicroSDHC card slot supporting 32GB cards.

The

Sidekick
4G

, like its Sidekick predecessors, is designed particularly for messaging
and web browsing but adds all the capabilities of the Android 2.2 smartphone OS
and Samsung’s 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor.

For the first time, a Sidekick phone
gets the Android OS and a touchscreen, which faces up like a typical
smartphone’s touchscreen to enable users to dial and access apps. The
touchscreen also pops up at an angle via a pop-tilt hinge to reveal a five-row
QWERTY keyboard, which was available on the previous Sidekick. When the screen
is popped open, it faces the user at an angle, creating a laptop-like
appearance.

Another new feature is a VGA front-facing camera and pre-installed Qik Video
Chat capability.

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