T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide
Mytouch 4G slide.jpg
Brand T-Mobile
Manufacturer HTC Corporation
Series myTouch
First released July 26, 2011
Availability by country U.S.A
Predecessor myTouch 4G
Successor myTouch, mytouch Q
Related T-Mobile G2
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slider
Weight 6.5 ounces (184g)
Operating system Android™ 2.3 Android (operating system)
CPU 1.2GHz dual core (Snapdragon)
Memory 768 MB
Storage 4 GB
Removable storage microSD 8 GB
Battery Li-ion
Data inputs Touchscreen
Display 3.7-inches WVGA Super LCD Touchscreen @ 480 x 800 Pixels
Rear camera 8-megapixel 1/32" sensor, f/2.2,[1] autofocus, LED flash, 1080p recording
Front camera 1.3-megapixel, VGA, fixed-focus
Connectivity GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE
Triple band UMTS 1700 1900 2100 MHz (4G: 21.1/5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR + A2DP stereo
Other FM-Radio, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi Hot Spot

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is a touchscreen slider smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC Corporation for T-Mobile USA's "myTouch" series of phones. It is the fourth of the myTouch family. The myTouch 4G Slide is the first myTouch to feature HTC Espresso 3.0, a graphical user interface similar to HTC Sense 3.0. Highlights include an 8-megapixel camera, the Genius Button, and a hardware keyboard.[2]

The myTouch 4G Slide was unveiled on the T-Mobile website on July 11, 2011.[3] Pre-orders began on July 14, 2011, and the phone was launched on July 26.[4][5]

History[edit]

Development[edit]

During development, the myTouch 4G Slide was known as the "HTC Doubleshot", which was leaked to the public as the phone's official name.[6]

Release[edit]

The myTouch 4G Slide was released to the United States on July 26, 2011 through T-Mobile USA.[7] The phone confirmed rumors written in multiple blogs.[8][clarification needed]

Design[edit]

The design of the myTouch 4G Slide is a refinement of that of the myTouch 4G. From the front, the phones look similar; the main differences between the two are small changes to the four physical buttons and a slightly smaller screen (the myTouch 4G Slide has a 3.7-inch screen, and the myTouch 4G a 3.8-inch screen). The backs of the phones, however, are noticeably different.[clarification needed] The myTouch 4G Slide is thicker than the myTouch 4G due to the Slide's physical keyboard, which is not present on the myTouch 4G.

Hardware[edit]

Physical keyboard and input[edit]

The myTouch 4G Slide stands out amongst other Android handsets because of its uncommon physical slide-out four-row keyboard. The Keyboard is backlighted when the Ambient Light Sensor detects low light, but this leaves the keyboard hard to see in many common situations. An aftermarket app called Tasker includes control to force the keyboard backlight to stay on.

The phone has four physical keys on the front: Home, Menu, Back, and the Genius Button; along with an optical trackpad. "Genius" is a custom voice command and text-to-speech system powered by Dragon Dictation technologies.[9] The Genius Button replaces the Search button from the myTouch 3G. On the sides, the phone its camera and volume adjustment buttons. On the top, the phone has its lock/power button.

Screen[edit]

The myTouch 4G Slide has a 3.7", 480-by-800 pixel, WVGA Super LCD touchscreen. The multi-touch display is designed to be used with either a bare finger or multiple fingers.

Processor and memory[edit]

The myTouch 4G Slide features a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 (Adreno 220 GPU) processor and 768 MB RAM, and supports up to a 32 GB MicroSD card (an 8 GB card typically comes with the phone).

Cameras[edit]

The myTouch 4G Slide features a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second, with a dual flash that helps illuminate objects in low-light conditions. The built-in camera software comes with features including Sweepshot, Burstshot, HDR (high dynamic range), and zero shutter lag. In addition, the myTouch 4G Slide has a VGA camera on the front of the device designed for video calls and self-portraits; it is allowed to be used by other applications.

The camera has been highly-praised by various reviewers. Notably, the technology blog Gizmodo suggested that the myTouch 4G Slide's camera was "the best camera phone ever".[10]

Battery and power[edit]

The device comes pre-installed with a 1520 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery designed to be user-replaceable. Battery life is stated to be 12.4 days in standby using HSPA+ and 9.8 days in 2G, with a talk time of 6.9 hours (HSPA+) or 8.9 hours (2G).

Interface[edit]

A modified HTC Sense 3.0 user interface was added to the 4G Slide. Some differences in the Sense modification include a different screen bottom designed specifically for 4G slide, and having only 5 desktop screens instead of the original 7.

Alternative firmware[edit]

There is an unofficial port of CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2) for the device; the CyanogenMod development team is making efforts towards official inclusion in the list of supported devices.[11] Various other mods and firmwares also exist.[12][13][14]

Networks[edit]

The device features quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) GSM connectivity for 2G networks. For HSPA+ UMTS bands I, II and IV are supported,[15] providing speeds up to 21.1 Mbit/s download and 5.76 Mbit/s upload.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anandtech T-mobile myTouch 4G Slide Review". Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Segan, Sascha. "T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide". PC Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Release of 4G Slide". SlashGear.com. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "HTC MyTouch 4G Slide Release Date". Releasedates.co. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Release Date and Price". Android Community. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "HTC Doubleshot (MyTouch 4G Slide) Specs And Release Date". Topbestphonereviews.info. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "[Title unknown]". Gotta Be Mobile. Notebooks.com Inc. 
  8. ^ T-Mobile myTouch 4G Review. Businessinsider.com (2011-08-02). Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
  9. ^ Android Guys (2009-07-14). "What is the Genius Button?". Android Guys. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide: The Best Camera Phone Ever?". Gizmodo.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  11. ^ [1] xda-developers.com forum thread about CM10.1 on the MT4GS
  12. ^ [2] rootzwiki.com forum: MT4GS ROM "Virtuous Primadonna"
  13. ^ [3] rootzwiki.com forum: MT4GS ROM "Virtuous Inquisition"
  14. ^ [4] xda-developers.com forum: Pyr-o-Ice Sense 3.6 ROM
  15. ^ T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. t-mobile.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-25.

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