T-Mobile confirms $99 Sidekick 4G for April 20

The Sidekick brand returns this spring with a very attractive price point. How will it fare against the likes of the G2 and other Android phones?

How will consumers receive the Sidekick brand in the age of Android smart phones? T-Mobile

T-Mobile's twitter account was busy today as it confirmed not one but two Android handsets with launch dates and prices. Shortly after letting its followers know of the dual-core G2X, the carrier tapped the Sidekick 4G with an April 20 release.

T-Mobile also confirmed pricing as $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement. Considering that the hardware closely resembles Samsung's Galaxy S series of phones, this is a rather attractive price point for a 4G device. As a refresher, the Sidekick 4G boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3.5-inch touch display, a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera, and theoretical download speeds of 21Mbps on T-Mobile's 4G network.

I'll be interested to see what kind of life is left in the Sidekick brand now that Android devices are so pervasive. Will the familiar design be enough to sway people from phones like the G2 and the Cliq 2 or would T-Mobile be better served by leaving the Sidekick name in the dust bin?

 

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