Can a smartphone really offer a viable replacement for a digital point-and-shoot camera? T-Mobile just announced the HTC myTouch 4G Slide which they claim offers the “most advanced camera of any smartphone”.
We will find out if they can live up to that promise soon since the myTouch 4G Slide joins T-Mobile’s exclusive myTouch family this July for $199.99 with a 2-yr service agreement and qualifying unlimited data plan after a $50 mail-in-rebate.
“Knowing that the best camera is the one you’ve got with you, we set out to create a new best-in-class smartphone that allows our customers to leave their cameras at home,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “Our newest myTouch device takes capturing and sharing memories to a new level by combining high-quality smartphone hardware with features that customers would expect from a top-of-the-line digital camera.”
Other notable specs of the myTouch 4G Slide include Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, Qualcomm’s 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch Super LCD display, 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and support for T-Mobile’s 4G network.
The hardware is definitely impressive, but I can’t wait to see if the photos can actually rival a high-end dedicated digital cameras. Highlights of the 8-megapixel shooter include:
- Improved low-light Performance: with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens (f/2.2)
- Zero shutter lag: innovative software features allow for an instantaneous shot at that precise moment
- SweepShot: for capturing panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion
- ClearShot HDR: for capturing objects in bright settings so your photos are not affected by high-contrast lighting
- BurstShot: for capturing multiple photos in a quick burst so you don’t miss the perfect photo
We knew the myTouch 4G Slide was coming for awhile and I can’t say I was really that excited about the device, but after checking out the specs and reading over what the camera can do, it looks like T-Mobile has a winner. Any takers?
Update: Early hands-on impressions can be found on CNET.
Potential customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com/4g-slide for more information.