As we mentioned last weekend, the T-Mobile MyTouch Slide appears to be on the fast-track for a mid-May release. A handful of leaked photos have appeared recently online, indicating production-ready phones are being used and tested.
The latest batch of pictures coming out of TmoNews shows a handset running Android 2.1 with the Espresso build of the HTC Sense user interface. This would be T-Mobile's first Android handset with 2.1 at launch.
While it may not be on the same level of sexiness as other HTC offerings like the Legend and Desire, the MyTouch Slide should have a solidly built design. It somewhat resembles a G1 successor, with its four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an optical touchpad, and a camera with flash.
Other rumored specs include a 320x480-pixel touch screen, 3.5mm headphone jack, a 1,300mAh battery, and a ARM11 chipset in the ballpark of 650MHz to 750MHz. According to CellPhoneSignal, the phone will come in black, white, and red.
The MyTouch Slide also marks the first appearance of a new feature called the Genius Button, which replaces the standard Google search feature. At this point it's unclear exactly what functionality the Genius button will bring, but various reports indicate it could be tied to a user-defined search tool. Being that this was recently trademarked by T-Mobile, chances are good that we could see this on future Android phones from the carrier.