Jun 27 AT 11:25 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

T-Mobile announces myTouch 4G Slide featuring the “most advanced camera of any smartphone”

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.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • shadowxof

    That is one mighty fine camera. Has some really nice features, might consider picking up this up if the keyboard feels right.

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    Wow, HTC delivering a top-quality camera? That’s unexpected. I’ll have to see how it compares to Sony Ericsson’s.

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    Sorry, but until they build a Canon S95 with the back of a Motorola Droid X (or so) I’ll continue to carry my S95. I would be willing to carry a thick phone like the one I just described just for the quality of the Camera and lens. cameras in phones are for emergencies only.

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    I switched to Sprint due to the possible merger, but if I was still on T-mobile, I would buy this device.

    For those like me that still prefer a physical keyboard, this is by far the best device with a physical keyboard. I think the Epic 4G is too bulky and the droid’s keyboard isn’t as good as this one.

    Plus, I hate using Swype because it’s too inaccurate, and currently, Android totally sucks when it comes to typing in landscape mode. Google needs to get rid of the box that comes up when we use the keyboard in landscape mode, so then we can still see the page/app that we’re using.

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    Ill just see how it stacks up against my HTC sensation 4g. But that’s not to say ill be considering getting the mt4gslide the mytouch phones have never really been interesting enough for me.

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    Ah finally, when I went into the store the rep was being quite a douche about talking on this phone as apart from other reps I have talked to.

    My G2′s battery can’t really hold much for a charge anymore and I’m looking for a new device with a keyboard. Any G2 owners looking to this one?

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  • Jeremiah

    I’ve had this phone for a couple of months now and it is by far my favorite phone yet. The camera is amazing – being able to take pictures quickly is necessary when your kids won’t stand still.

  • goldenboyrb

    My sister is getting this for her defective MyTouch 4G… wonder how it will perform… she’s been lucky lately.