May 03 AT 11:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide is official, launches in June

We were the first to bring you the hands-on report and video walk through and now T-Mobile has officially announced the myTouch 3G Slide. As we previously reported, it looks like this device will be a mid-range Android phone with a 600 MHz Qualcomm chip (sorry, no Snapdragon). However, users will receive a larger 3.4 inch display and 5 megapixel camera.

The main selling point with this phone will be its custom version of the new Sense UI (codenamed Espresso). T-Mobile has designed the phone to be beginner friendly and made many customizations to improve usability. The highlights include Faves Gallery (think Motoblur for 20 friends), myModes (multiple desktops, aka Scenes), and the Genius Button (enhanced Voice search).

No price points were announced, but since T-Mobile is targeting the mid-range we expect the Slide to launch around $99-149 with 2 year contract.

Update: Head over to Engadget for even more hands-on pics.

Full press release after the jump.

New T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Improves Communication
through T-Mobile Exclusive Software

The latest Android-powered smartphone marries beautiful form
with superior function on a faster 3G network.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 4, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new addition to its exclusive line of Androidâ„¢-powered T-Mobile myTouch® 3G smartphones – the T-Mobile® myTouch 3G Slideâ„¢. Anticipated to be available in June, the new myTouch 3G Slide combines a roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard with an incredibly crisp, high-performance touch screen powered by the latest Android software. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide is purpose-built for communication, with unique new features that help customers connect more easily, more quickly and more often to their closest family and friends.

“Many smartphones are increasingly powerful in their features and specifications without continuing to improve the main reason that so many people have mobile phones – the ability to communicate with each other,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new myTouch 3G Slide is a smart and sleek phone that fits into your pocket, your budget and your family life with exclusive T-Mobile features that put communication with your closest family and friends front and center.”

New features only available on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide include the following:

Faves Galleryâ„¢: Life is hectic, so it’s easy to miss opportunities to connect with loved ones. Faves Gallery presents up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them – calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking updates – in a dedicated application accessible through a soft button and an easy-to-use widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond. All of your Faves® get special status on your myTouch 3G Slideâ„¢; anytime they communicate with you or update their social network you get a notification in the notification pane. Even if you’re not using your phone, a custom green light lets you know you’ve got a communication waiting from one of your Faves. And you can respond directly from the Faves Gallery, without launching e-mail or other applications, so you connect more quickly and more often with the important people in your life.

myModes: myModes helps you draw the line between work and home by creating different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers to empower people in the different roles they play each day. You can set myModes to switch at a designated time, by location, or manually with the option to create and store up to 10 customized modes. myModes removes clutter and makes you more efficient both at work and at home. Want to forget about work on the weekend? No need to hide your work phone or switch to another device; just put away your work tools, like e-mail and your calendar by switching modes, and bring forward all the things you love to do on Saturday.

Genius Buttonâ„¢: With the Genius Button, you press one button, talk, and it delivers. The Genius Button, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), is an easy-to-access button on the front of the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide allowing the use of voice commands to control the phone and it’s features including making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or your surroundings. It will even read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally as if you were speaking directly to a person.

Powered by the Android 2.1 software, the myTouch 3G Slide offers a rich mobile Web experience and access to thousands of applications on Android Market from games to location-based social networks to on-the-go shopping and more. Similar to the original, the new myTouch 3G Slide was designed to facilitate personalization inside and out. A five-pane home screen, with the option to increase to seven panes, offers plenty of real estate for your favorite widgets, applications and themes.

Designed by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile, the myTouch 3G Slide features a 3.4-inch HVGA touch-screen display with virtual keyboard as well as a roomy, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Less than 15mm thick, the elegant design slides easily into your pocket proving that Android brains don’t have to come in a sci-fi box. The myTouch 3G Slide also features a 5-megapixel camera, a music player with a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via e-mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTubeâ„¢ and Picasaâ„¢.

The device’s powerful mobile data experience is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s nationwide 3G network, which is getting even faster this year as T-Mobile upgrades its network with the latest wireless technology.

The myTouch 3G Slide is expected to be available in June, exclusively from T-Mobile USA in three colors – black, white or red. Customers can visit for more information.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • http://Website ryansosick03

    Looks cool to bad the Evo is such a beast

  • Max

    Unless T-Mobile really demanded this design, I’d say HTC’s regular industrial designer was on vacation :)
    Sounds sufficiently fast, but looks quite ugly. Come on, muddy-milk colored glossy plastic?
    Unless pictures don’t do it justice.

  • TornadoTexan

    I’m thinking my mom might end up with this phone, like the physical keyboard but no Snapdragon means no deal.

  • http://Website kris

    does this mean 2.1 is coming in june to ?

  • Brombomb

    Really no 3.5mm jack again? C’mon HTC I hate having to carry around a USB -> 3.5mm adapter. Get with it.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It has a 3.5mm headset jack… don’t know where you read it did not.

      • http://Website kris

        do you think this will be the first phone to have 2.1 or do you think other phones will get updated before the release of this device?

        • Anthony Domanico

          My money is on this being the first one. I also don’t think Dream/Sapphire will see 2.1 but will run 2.2 since that release is supposed to save the world… I mean unite the Android world :)

  • Dylan Andersen

    Looks better than in renders and leaked pictures. The software obviously is the pull, but I think the phone looks pretty nice minus the weird fucking italic keyboard. Anyone else bugged that the keyboard is all italic, slanted, and isometric-looking?

  • http://Website Chris

    The phone does have 3.5mm jack. says so here!

  • http://Website Terran

    For T-Mobile’s flagship device, it has a weak arm11 600 mhz cpu. T-Mo fail.

    • http://Website Mitch

      How is this a flagship device? The N1 would mop the floor with this thing.

      This is a huge disappointment in many respects.

  • http://Website Joseph

    OMG could it BE any uglier?

  • http://Website Malcolm

    love the design. sleek. moving to cricket though once they get their Kyocera android. have to save money but at least i will still have android. hate the blackberry i am using right now in place of my G1.

  • http://Website brandon

    this phone looks nicer than the g1 and it has the same specs as the droid plus more ram i am going to get this in june :) !

  • Alan Reboli

    I’m kinda underwhelmed with this one. I agree with Dylan Andersen with the italic keyboard. It kinda looks weird and undesirable. Granted not everyone can be a hacker/slasher with their phone (IE G1, N1) but I think this will appeal to normal, every day users. This has a lot more eye candy than most and I think will run the Sense UI pretty decently. This phone may not appeal to me (or my fellow G1 brothers) but I think this will bring new people to the world of Android.

  • http://Website Von

    I love how everyone is looking at all the negatives instead of the postives…so what its an arm11 600mhz processor it doesn’t mean the phone isn’t powerful. 1GHz snapdragon processor is pointless if you don’t have the other resources to take full advantage of it. Also, for the uneducated, the mytouch franchise is Tmobiles baby…NOT the N1. People were talking about how ugly the G1 was and how crappy it was going to be and look how popular it became. Can’t wait till mine comes in to put my old G1 to rest…

  • SGB101

    im not a fan, but is the sence ui is anyhing like on the desire it will be a nice phone to play with.

    my main question i why are phones so expensive in the US? here in the UK i just got a HTC desire on T-mobile for free on 24month contract for £30pm. for 900mins unlimited text and data.

    at today exchange rete is $45.34.

  • http://Website chancy

    Looks like I’m still gonna be stuck with my G1 for a while. Ugh. C’mon T-Mo. Give us a more respectable phone. Snapdragon 1Ghz or better, 5MP, 5 row keyboard, OLED screen. This should not be too hard. Sigh.

    • Alan Reboli

      Don’t forget a flash(not adobe). That’s important for quality pictures!

      • http://Website Otherkid

        It has a flash on it.

  • http://Website kris

    When it comes to flash on first Gen phones I think. Skyfire could be on to something

  • http://Website MacCrookPro

    Seriously I’m tired of T-mobile getting the shitty phones. I thought the Nexus was going to be my next phone but nope, sold through google. Sprint and verizon get the nice android phones and T-mobile gets this WTF htc. Im still waiting to replace my G1.

  • http://Website mytouch fender

    I was planning on getting this phone but the processor is a huge disappointment so I will hold off for tmobile to up the anty and get a top notch android phone

  • http://Website brandon

    What is so bad with this phone?! it has the same type of possessor as the droid and better ram and screen is about the same and keyboard is way better than the droids except no d pad

    • http://Website brandon

      actually the droid has a 550 mhz processor so this has a better processor too

      • http://Website Terran

        Unfortunately, no. The Droid has a much more advanced Cortex A8 processor. It can execute 40% more instructions than the ARM11. The only advantage I can see is that the ARM11 uses less power and the battery life would probably be better as a result.

        • http://Website brandon

          oh well this phone still isnt half bad and is way better than the g1

          • http://Website Terran

            Indeed, that it is!

  • http://Website bubbles says get evo

    Bubbles likes the slide but tmobile_usa is for kids, I going to sprint,EVO. I dont get it, how many versions of the mytouch can they have, this is the 4th. Bubbles says get EVO bitches,lol

    • http://Website brandon

      They should of mad the hd2 a android phone not a shitty windows mobile phone oh maybe had the option between the two

  • http://Website pimpstrong

    I’ve been dying to trans from WM TP2 to a beast of an Android phone with a big ass screen and preferably 5 row qwerty… Im gonna buy this phone outright and use my 1 year upgrade on a Faster Fast Internet beast of a qwerty Android phone hopefully early next year… Should be a great phone for the meantime. But ima be PISSED if im lookin forward to a summer 2011 phone.

  • abe546

    This phone looks great but for any one who wants a super smart phone with a qwerty keyboard they’ll just wait for the Nexus 2.

  • http://Website Tmbobilr

    I will be receiving the phone this week I will post a full spec review.

  • http://Website Otherkid

    I for one am not disappointing in this phone at all. Sure it COULD have had a snapdragon processor on it but then look how much more it would have cost compared to the droid and the nexus. Yeah and I wouldnt buy it for that price one reason I haven’t bought a nexus one or a droid. There is no need for a super fast processor in this phone like that it would be completely pointless. The extra RAM makes it a little snappier and having a huge upgrade on a the camera MP and a flash added to it makes it all worth the while and a bigger screen. Plus you get Swype with it for free and a slide out keyboard if you need it. What the hell do you need the dpad for anyways you have the trackpad. Im sure the orientation of the phone will change the direction the trackpad works when you have the keyboard out so the keyboard can actually be smaller and fit bigger keys on it thats a plus if you ask me. I have been looking forward to this phone since it was leaked and I am not disappointing in it at all. I love how everyone always crawls on the littlest negative point of view and doesnt look at anything good with the phone.

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  • http://Website yonabolat

    If you look at the keyboard keys long enough… The phone itself looks italic.

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  • http://Website ryan

    Does anyone know if this thing will get the 2.2 upgrade with flash?
    If not, I might as well wait.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It should get Android 2.2 eventually, but Flash 10.1 will not be supported because of the mid-range CPU. However, I do believe that Flash Lite will be shipping with the device.

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  • http://Website shelby

    Ok look, I just bought this phone and its crazy awsome, way better than the G1, I replaced my G1 with this phone, the reviews are only the first impression of the phone, and a one sided opinion, it comes in three colours red. Black. And white, yes the keyboard is a tad odd and it would be way better with 5 rows but all in all this phone kicks ass, the genious button works miracles I was skeptical bout that but it really shines through, and the phone itself differs by the owner it has these things called modes and scenes, you can personalize almost every aspect of this phone to fit you, it is alittle exspensive I spent $465.63 on it, but mine was a upgrade I hear its cheaper if you sign a two year contract.

  • http://Website brad cooper

    I own a mytouch slide and it is amazing one of the smoothest running android phones I’ve had!