MyTouch 4G Slide officially announced, touting HDR camera

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And here it is, folks. Just a few minutes after a not-so-cagy tease, we've got the myTouch 4G Slide from HTC and T-Mobile, officially announced. Claiming the "most advanced camera of any smartphone," it's got an 8MP shooter with ClearShot HDR (stitching together different exposures into one image, like on the iPhone 4, yo), SweepShot panorama, BurstShot for, well, burst mode and the Genius Button we saw on the original myTouch 4G.

According to T-Mobile's press release, the camera sports zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, as well as an f/2.2 aperture.

Other features:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Sense 3.0
  • Swype
  • Four-row QWERTY keyboard.
  • Qik mobile video chat.
  • Genius button with Dragon Dictation from Nuance.
  • Netflix.
  • T-Mobile TV.
  • YouTube
  • T-Mobile KidZone

Not a bad list. It'll be available in July for $199. We've got the full press release after the break.

More: T-Mobile; Thanks, Jesus G, for the tip!

New T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Delivers Most

Advanced Camera of Any Smartphone

Latest myTouch device offers premium smartphone features paired with high-end digital camera capabilities for capturing and sharing life’s special moments

BELLEVUE, Wash. — June 28, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the myTouch 4G Slide, the latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile’s exclusive line of myTouch products. The myTouch 4G Slide features the most advanced camera of any smartphone with zero shutter lag, backside illuminated sensor and additional premium digital camera features that offer consumers a viable replacement for their digital point-and-shoot cameras. The myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available in July.

T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network continues to expand and is now available in more than 190 markets, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide. With the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, T-Mobile customers in these areas can now take advantage of 4G speeds as they instantly capture and then share special moments at the speed of life.

“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.”

Ideal for capturing that perfect moment with photos that rival high-end dedicated digital cameras, the myTouch 4G Slide comes with an 8-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash and a host of advanced digital camera features, including the following:

  • 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

Running on America’s Largest 4G Network™, the myTouch 4G Slide allows customers to instantly capture, and then share, quality photos and videos with a dedicated camera button and one-touch access to post to Facebook, Picasa or Flickr ― all at 4G speeds. A true camera and camcorder replacement, the myTouch 4G Slide features a full HD 1080p camcorder with audio recording and ability to edit videos directly from the device.

Manufactured by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile, the new myTouch 4G Slide features a beautiful 3.7-inch WVGA super LCD touch-screen display, with Swype, and a slide-out full-QWERTY keyboard, offering customers the freedom to choose how they want to input text. Powered by Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) and HTC Sense 3.0, the myTouch 4G Slide provides an intuitive and powerful smartphone experience. With support for T-Mobile’s lightning-fast 4G network paired with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, myTouch 4G Slide customers will experience quick access to their favorite websites, videos, applications and much more.

The myTouch 4G Slide makes staying connected with loved ones more convenient than ever with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™ for face-to-face video chat on the go and Group Text™ by Bobsled™, which offers an innovative way to send and receive text messages with groups of friends. The new advanced Genius Button™ offers one shot voice commands, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance, that simplify the smartphone experience by enabling users to call, text, find a business or search the Web, all with the press of a button. With the myTouch 4G Slide’s Hands Free mode, customers can stay connected while on the road with the option for all notifications to be read out loud — simply tell the phone to text or dial to continue the conversation.

The myTouch 4G Slide offers preloaded entertainment applications, including T-Mobile TV, Netflix and YouTube for real-time mobile video streaming. The myTouch 4G Slide’s entertainment experience also can be shared with the whole family with T-Mobile KidZone, a built-in feature that allows parents to restrict what applications their kids can access on the device without worrying about them making a call or accessing inappropriate material.


Offered in two colors — black and khaki — the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available exclusively from T-Mobile in July at T-Mobile retail stores, online at, and from select national retailers and dealers. Customers can visit for more information.

Phil Nickinson
  • I want that camera on the next nexus
  • here's hoping gingerbread for older MT4G's soon!
  • I agree the sooner this gets released the sooner we get 2.3 and more importantly sense 3.0 with H+ or 4G indicator.
  • I tipped Tmonews before you guys, and I didn't receive any response nor did they update their post. So then I came to my second favorite site. :) - Jesus G.
  • this camera looks awesome, I have the sensation atm,i like the idea of a better camera, the sensation camera is not great in low light and this seems pretty darn good, makes me want it, and since i never had a my touch phone, so never used genius button i wonder what would be the difference with Google voice search?
  • If it's anything like the myTouch Slide 3G , and the myTouch 4G's genius button it sucks. I miss voice search and the search button instead of the "genius" button.
  • I see so wouldn't you still be able to use voice search through the app though? is not a deal breaker is it?, the question is will this still make it a real contender against the HTC Sensation? which of the 2 will perform better?, because in camera wise this looks amazing so in that department this has to win. I can't believe HTC is actually improving their cameras.
  • Nokia says Hi? The N9 pictures will kill this.
  • As Nokia spirals downward towards folding into Microsoft. {{-_-}}
  • Better get it before AT&T gets hold of T-Mobile's 6.
  • I wish Tmo had service in my area
  • I really like that cream/khaki color.
  • Some initial thoughts based on the rumored specs and apparent aesthetics of this device:
  • I wish we could get this device on Sprint. Maybe the next Evo Shift will be more like this.
  • My MT4G was pretty nice and if T-Mobile didn't decide to be data nazis I wouldn't be a Sprint customer. I really hope this makes Samsung aware that people care more about cameras...
  • PS- Drop the genius, keep the dragon dictation, and drop qik already for something that works on all platforms... That means you Microsoft... get Skype working on all platforms or see your recent purchase die a quick death.
  • I just wish someone would release a high-spec slider like this in Europe, I'd have bought an Epic when they released it if that were even possible. I guess with a GSM phone it would be possible, but I'm not sure how easy that would be. This may be my only option to get a decent slider though, since the Droid/Milestone3 looks like it definitely will not be getting a euro release.
  • I would never use my phone as a primary camera so having an 8MP HDR whatever lateral z shot plus doesn't matter to me. It's nice to have a decent camera to take random shots but sheesh. Qik actually works great on my phone with the people I've been video chatting with which are on different platforms (iOS and Android).
  • Im just wondering how will this phone be with the sense 3.0 then the mysense UI overlay like will the overlay getrid of the sense 3.0 lock screen widgets and etc...?
  • Just Wondering Which would be the better option My Touch 4g slide vs HTC Sensation both from t-mobile, but sensation has some minor lag, the phone i purchased on june 15th out of contract and I believe is 30 days to return the phone so if thats the case i might change my phone, just need to see which one performs better.
  • Phones are getting to a point where specs are all really close to one another. Having a phone with a top notch camera would deff make it stand out from the rest. Cell companies should pair up with cannon, NIKON or kodak for the sensors and software. I know I find myself using my evo way more than I ever thought I would for pics.
  • yeah Pics are important for me as well sometimes i take them at night and to tell you the truth the flash on my sensation sometimes washed them out, and doesn't look really good, now this camera has an edge, my question is now performance might be the same, hopefully and maybe will it include htc watch? anyway i have the phone since released, I have experienced some minor issues with the phone rebooting. Now the return policy on Tmo regarding out of contract phones, is it 30 days?
  • This is the first phone out of all of the dual-core kits with similar hardware that has really peaked my interest (don't get me wrong, most of the dual-core phones are awesome).
  • Definitely intriguing, but the screen needs to be bigger. There's no excuse for such a small screen when you're including a slide-out keyboard.