T-Mobile Readies Two 4G Phones - Twice

T-Mobile Readies Two 4G Phones

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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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