(Updated: New Pic!) Sidekick 4G In The Wild!

Update: A couple of things have been pointed out, one it absolutely looks like there is a front facing camera present. Secondly, you can clearly see the Samsung etched logo on the back of the device. Most important, it seemingly retains the same form factor as the original Sidekick, happy face! This device is running Android 2.2.1.

Just three-seconds after we posted word of the upcoming Sidekick 4G being manufactured by Samsung, in the wild images hit our inbox! Oh how we love in the wild images and we are hopeful that our ninjas can send in a few more images of the homescreen and give us a good look at any possible Sidekick-only Android skin. Until then, just enjoy the pics!

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  • http://twitter.com/AidenBlaire Aiden Blaire ♔

    please figure out the screen size. dying to know.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q5QTSPEZPYIVFKSN3SWSZP7ZTU david

    no flash plus made by samsung pass

    • GEEKYNERD2011

      how is that a automatic pass?? With samsung you get a better camera, something the sidekick line has always lacked was a decent camera, well now with samsung it’ll probably be one of the top. If you think samsung is gonna be stingy with the updates why not just get a ROM you like and shut the hell up? Lets not forget Samsung has excellent screen tech as well, may i remind you amoled, super amoled, super amoled plus. Yes lets please be begging for HTC, because we know they make good phones, THAT ALL LOOK THE SAME.

      • Anonymous

        Many customers are pissed because Samsung is so unreliable when giving update. I know how great Super Amoled but not update previous device are big no no.

        • Andr01d

          thats why theres the nexus S

        • Deff

          best phone would be a nexus S 4g with 8mp and dual LED flash. and you can throw in the lowlight too with a little switch on the camera interface to turn it on or off. However, we’ll never see a PERFECT phone, cuz then no one would ever buy a new phone.

      • Anonymous

        HTC phones all look the same??? Where the heck do you get that? And who are you to tell anyone to “shut the hell up” if they’ve been burned by Samsung in the past? I know I have, & it’s made me leary of trusting them again. Do you want me to “shut the hell up” too? Also, while I agree that the sidekick line’s cameras were junk, I didn’t find the night mode on my Vibrant to be all that it was cracked up to be in indoor settings. It was pretty neat outdoors, but even when there was plenty of light the camera sucked. How about you don’t snap @ people just because they have different needs in a device than you, mkay?

  • Asdfjkl

    CAN IT HOLD PHONE CHARMS AND STUFF. cos I need it. hahaha.

  • Sharkethicx

    Will this be considered a mid-range or high-end device?

    • http://twitter.com/member_zs Steve Wyatt

      EDIT: not meant as a reply to shark just accidentally got posted here.

      Im curious how this is a kids phone and say a mytouch4g slide wouldn’t be. Both would have a keyboard, assuming both would have ffc, and 4g. difference would be manufacturer and outward appearance for thew most part. Say this is for kids is just saying the mytouch slide was for kids. If you don’t like it don’t get it, but if you find a pfone that has most if not all the current features you are looking for, and you don’t like it because the button lay out some how makes it a phone for children, maybe you should just go to at&t and get an iphone, but first think of all the high school girls you see with one.

    • http://twitter.com/member_zs Steve Wyatt

      EDIT: not meant as a reply to shark just accidentally got posted here.

      Im curious how this is a kids phone and say a mytouch4g slide wouldn’t be. Both would have a keyboard, assuming both would have ffc, and 4g. difference would be manufacturer and outward appearance for thew most part. Say this is for kids is just saying the mytouch slide was for kids. If you don’t like it don’t get it, but if you find a pfone that has most if not all the current features you are looking for, and you don’t like it because the button lay out some how makes it a phone for children, maybe you should just go to at&t and get an iphone, but first think of all the high school girls you see with one.

  • tashie

    The Sidekick Slide manufactured by Motorola was a complete fail and offensive to real sidekick fan. I pray that it is swivel.

    • Aerofanbig

      its not a swivel. you can clearly see the light sensor or FFC, whatever it is…is in the same position in relation to the rest of the screen closed as it is opened. Its a slider

    • Ruffryderg

      Looks like the screen is a slider on a hinge like the G2.

  • gramminator

    I truly miss my Sidekick because of all the data that it held. Photo ID, nickname, 5 phone numbers, 4 email addresses, 3 postal addresses, company, job title, birthdate & notes for 2000 contacts. I only had 1,270 contacts when I switched to a “smart phone” because my Sidekick needed replacement, but alas, there were no more. It also included a “to do” section, notes & a calendar (listed under Organizer). I’ve had the Sidekick, II, 3, Slide, 2009, but my last was the 2008. I’ve been a Sidekick fan for over 6 years and this is the only new technology that I’d stand in line for.

  • Guest

    they gotta make this a htc evo shift and droid killer with the specs and commercials among other things

  • Dj Chuck Tay’s

    Too much wasted space on this phone! Could have went Wayyy bigger on the screen size….Looks to be a 3.7in, either way it goes I don’t like the black space above the hard keys!

  • Danny

    T-Mobile please allow us to use an unlimited data and messaging only plan for this device and just let us buy blocks of prepaid minutes if/when we need to. $34.99 would be fair!

    Between SMS, MMS, EMS, IM, Facebook and Video Chat who has time to gab for hours the traditional way. There are A LOT of young people like me who feel me….

  • Danny

    T-Mobile please allow us to use an unlimited data and messaging only plan for this device and just let us buy blocks of prepaid minutes if/when we need to. $34.99 would be fair!

    Between SMS, MMS, EMS, IM, Facebook and Video Chat who has time to gab for hours the traditional way. There are A LOT of young people like me who feel me….

  • Chilisweet

    You can do a data/text only plan with any smartphone. Its primarily for deaf customers, but anyone can get it. Its $50 a month.

  • Chris Hutchinson

    Did anyone notice there’s a Group Texting icon loaded on there? The icon looks a bit like the Messaging icon just to the right of it. That’s pretty bad ass.

    • Chris Hutchinson

      The more i think about it, Sidekick has always been a huge messaging device. If that icon is correct, T-Mobile is kicking it up a notch with embedding group texting. That would be really cool. I wonder how they’re going to charge for it? I hope it means I can create a group where everyone’s reply is seen by everyone else and it better work seamlessly with the built-in SMS stuff. The group icon looks similar to the messaging icon so maybe it will.

  • rabba

    samsung + sidekick + tmobile = wowwtf this sucks a$$. maybe if i was 12 years old it would sound cool.

    • Aston

      did you ever stop to think that maybe this wasnt geared towards adults? :|

    • Derpdeplume

      hey gravytits.. maybe it’s MADE for 12 year olds… ever think about THAT?

      My kid has the previous sidekick and ALL of her friends go “oh wow… you have a sidekick.. those are sooo cool!” Some would even prefer those over the iphone.

  • http://twitter.com/ViktorY2K10 James K Ray IV

    looking at the back of the screen it looks like it works like my G2 the Z hinge

  • beastly

    -Love the keyboard.
    -Bummed about the lack of swivel screen, but it’s just possible this slide screen opens and closes as easily as the swivel screen did. I’ll wait and see.
    -I couldn’t care less that it’s Samsung making it; it’s not so much the manufacturer that delays updates as the fact that Android is skinned.
    -I don’t even really care that it isn’t stock Android; updates will come when they come. If I neeeeed a newer version of Android, I’ll root.
    -In fact, I’m bummed that it doesn’t look like the skin is very heavy. I was hoping for a more OG feel to the UI.
    -I think a low-light mode is a fair trade for an LED flash. I’ve seen pictures taken at night with the Vibrant, and they smoke anything taken by a camera with a flash.
    -Video chat will be a welcome addition to this phone. Tango, here I come!
    -From Samsung I expect a cheap casing, a top-shelf screen, and a high-quality camera. Bummed about the casing.
    -4G will probably mean 14.4 Mbps.

    I might get this, but I might just hold out to see whether the long-awaited Twist comes out this summer. Swivel screen is part of what I’ve missed, and I suspect that if the Twist is in the works, we may see it drop with 21 Mbps download speeds, which would be worth waiting for.

    • Koffdrop Vi

      I don’t see two Sidekicks being released within the same year. That’ll confuse consumers…plus, the Twist was simply rumor and this is fact with pictures to prove it.

      • Coqui

        not true, tmobile released the sidekick iD, Sidekick LX, AND the Sidekick Slide all in the same year of 07 thats 3 sidekicks in 1 year and not to mention the mytouch slide and mytouch 4G that were released same year and not to far apart either. so why not 2 sidekicks in 1 year? i think its very possible

  • Saiefrcks

    hating the look. doesnt look like its gonna make a difference in the sidekick world.

  • Guest

    the more i see it its like ehh =/

  • Anonymous

    lmao…teenhobo and their crappy phones.

  • tmobeast

    the early pics leaked doesnt look like this?!? just curious.

  • Anonymous

    2.1?
    Yuck!

    • http://twitter.com/erickbernal27 Erick Bernal

      2.2.1

  • RaccoonCityKid

    If it doesn’t swivel, it’s not a sidekick as far as I’m concerned! That was the point of the side(kick) design. Granted, all I have ever used is a sidekick, but if this one doesn’t swivel, I’m not upgrading my (malfunctioning) sidekick 3.

    • Lex

      I had a sidekick slide and it was awesomeeee. (even without the *flip* screen…. i love sidekick <3 cant wait for this!

      • RaccoonCityKid

        Now see I really disliked the slide. I feel it took the fun out of the sidekick. Even so, I am deffinitly getting this phone when it gets released! Here’s hoping the next one does the “kick”

      • RaccoonCityKid

        Now see I really disliked the slide. I feel it took the fun out of the sidekick. Even so, I am deffinitly getting this phone when it gets released! Here’s hoping the next one does the “kick”

    • http://www.justincredible.net Justin Credible

      Actually, they are hiptops, all of them. T-Mobile is the only carrier in the world that removed the name “hiptop” and renamed them “Sidekicks”.

    • http://www.justincredible.net Justin Credible

      Actually, they are hiptops, all of them. T-Mobile is the only carrier in the world that removed the name “hiptop” and renamed them “Sidekicks”.

  • RaccoonCityKid

    If it doesn’t swivel, it’s not a sidekick as far as I’m concerned! That was the point of the side(kick) design. Granted, all I have ever used is a sidekick, but if this one doesn’t swivel, I’m not upgrading my (malfunctioning) sidekick 3.

  • travis

    i would have probably gotten this but without a flash i dont think i could everything else looks nice nice looking keyboard pretty big screen

  • travis

    i would have probably gotten this but without a flash i dont think i could everything else looks nice nice looking keyboard pretty big screen

  • Mcguinness89

    well samsung does make great cheap plastic devices.. but hopefully they at least remember to add LED notifications, and a bigger super amoled touch screen. if the hindge design is as good and reliable as the newer G2′s it might not be that bad

  • Tmobileinsider

    This is not the final device. Calm down guys. It was a test dummy.

    • http://twitter.com/MannyC_ Emanuel Cedeno

      Your name made me giggle after i read your comment…i hope you’re right though lol

  • Argen809

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooo why samsung koreans (no racist )make horrible things take kia and hyundai for example

  • syk0matik4201

    Was interested but if its samsung, forget it. I will stick with my g2 and wait for g3. Samsung inhales testes. Innumerable amounts of testes. Don’t use samsung

  • syk0matik4201

    Can’t censor people smarter than you, david. Learn that now.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      “Beefy,” if you noticed I haven’t made any attempts to censor you since the screen name change which was my only intent in the first place. If you weren’t using a fake email before you would noticed that I had made any attempt to explain to you, incredibility politely I might add that I had a problem with the screen name and the extreme use of the vulgarity. You could have replied no problem David, I’ll change that name right up as you clearly did and I have no problem now.

      I’m not attempting to block you, nor do I have any interest in censoring you or others, I do work to filter out some of the words that people use, especially those with a sexual reference such as three letter words that are used to describe people who like people of the same sex. There is no need for that on a site like this, so it’s fair for me to block it. More important, this is a private website so Freedom of Speech doesn’t apply, its considered private property and I reserve the right as the website owner to filter out anything of my choosing.

      I not only ask but I expect people to disagree with me, that isn’t the point. The point is how its written and addressed. You are incredibly welcome to post on this website, just do it with a mind that I want others to be able to respond to you as well so continuously knocking the opinions of others means it’s in my best interests to remove someone who makes it so others don’t want to participate. That is my right and Freedom of Speech does not apply.

      You are welcome to email me at david@tmonews.com and talk about it, as I tried to do with you earlier only so I could ask that you tone down the screen name.

      This isn’t a matter of intelligence or not, I have no doubt that most of my readers are very intelligent people, I simply want to make this a place everyone feels welcome to participate and I can’t do that if someone is knocking everyones opinion.

      Did you even notice that you syk0matik4201 name was getting approved without problem? I see you made a comment about Samsung right before you addressed me…did you see any problems with that getting approved? No…even so I’m well aware its you and has been since you made your Twitter handle available everytime you posted under “Beefy.”

      So I apologize if you think there is a grand conspiracy against you, but there isn’t. Nor am I interested in a battle of wits or intelligence, post away to your hearts content. Just do it with an interest that I want this to be a place that others feel welcome. I don’t think thats to much to ask.

  • MT3GS

    Sorry…. Looks too much like a toy… Absolute turn-off even though it has several of the things that I want in my future phone (FFC, slide out keyboard, 4G), but it still has the “kiddie phone” appeal the other sidekicks had… I’ll wait for the MyTouch 4G Slide – Thank you!

    • RaccoonCityKid

      Ever stop and think that it’s not geared towards adults?

    • RaccoonCityKid

      Ever stop and think that it’s not geared towards adults?

  • RaccoonCityKid

    I really don’t understand why a lot of people on here are bashing the phone because they think it looks like a “kids phone”. Ever stop and think that maybe this phone isn’t geared towards adults? The old sidekicks weren’t!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMQFZMV2ZJ34XKEJP3ZQCNIWMU Jay Alford

      Yet, adults still bought them =]

  • RaccoonCityKid

    I really don’t understand why a lot of people on here are bashing the phone because they think it looks like a “kids phone”. Ever stop and think that maybe this phone isn’t geared towards adults? The old sidekicks weren’t!

  • http://twitter.com/MrNonFiction Non-Fiction Hicks

    Its a nice device and i agree with the RacoonCity Kid T mobile has top appeal to other customer not just the tech geeks like me The sidekick is gonna b popular among the females and kids

  • Karlc

    my 2 cent$;
    With a huge, spacious keyboard and a large screen this is a device difinitely geared towards the younger audience. My 14 year old daughter would absolutely love to have this in her 11k texts per mo. texting hands!!!!
    I didnt see, but any word on possible release dates?
    this phone looks great for this niche crowd especially if it has a fast processor, FFC, a great rear camera and a s-amoled screen…this could be a Tmobile shot of lightening!!! a great media device not only for younger texting generation, but those in the middle and…..beyond…. way to Samsung and Tmobile!
    Mark my words…this will be a great year for TMO customers….ahhh finally!

  • Karlc

    my 2 cent$;
    With a huge, spacious keyboard and a large screen this is a device difinitely geared towards the younger audience. My 14 year old daughter would absolutely love to have this in her 11k texts per mo. texting hands!!!!
    I didnt see, but any word on possible release dates?
    this phone looks great for this niche crowd especially if it has a fast processor, FFC, a great rear camera and a s-amoled screen…this could be a Tmobile shot of lightening!!! a great media device not only for younger texting generation, but those in the middle and…..beyond…. way to Samsung and Tmobile!
    Mark my words…this will be a great year for TMO customers….ahhh finally!

  • Karlc

    my 2 cent$;
    With a huge, spacious keyboard and a large screen this is a device difinitely geared towards the younger audience. My 14 year old daughter would absolutely love to have this in her 11k texts per mo. texting hands!!!!
    I didnt see, but any word on possible release dates?
    this phone looks great for this niche crowd especially if it has a fast processor, FFC, a great rear camera and a s-amoled screen…this could be a Tmobile shot of lightening!!! a great media device not only for younger texting generation, but those in the middle and…..beyond…. way to Samsung and Tmobile!
    Mark my words…this will be a great year for TMO customers….ahhh finally!

  • LoSo

    im not sure when people say it’s gear towards kids and such because the last few sidekicks were well supports by plenty of celebrities and general adults then just “kids”…so i don’t like when people say it’s gear towards kids..sure there will be the younger crowd supporting it but not just them..!

  • LoSo

    im not sure when people say it’s gear towards kids and such because the last few sidekicks were well supports by plenty of celebrities and general adults then just “kids”…so i don’t like when people say it’s gear towards kids..sure there will be the younger crowd supporting it but not just them..!

    • Karlc

      I’m in my 40′s, so when i say “kids” i am refering to the 13-30ish crowd and its just an opinion and im not too far off. i believe it is marketed towards “kids and young adults” and you back that up by including celeb’s who.. are.. probably…how old???? i really dont envision an adult in their 40′s, 50′s and beyond whipping out a side kick and going thumb crazy! not saying that there wont be either! i’m just stating that my daughter (14) and that age group would love this (especailly if it comes in multiple colors!)….which is to say i think their marketing is right on!!!
      i also think you are correct. what i mean by that is if this device has a FFC that operates when the screen is slid out, i can image tons of people walking around and looking straight into this device talking like thier is no tomorrow!!!
      winner, winner, chicken dinner! ha!

  • LoSo

    im not sure when people say it’s gear towards kids and such because the last few sidekicks were well supports by plenty of celebrities and general adults then just “kids”…so i don’t like when people say it’s gear towards kids..sure there will be the younger crowd supporting it but not just them..!

  • Chrisangel13

    reasons why i’m getting this phone:
    1) 4G
    2) 5 row keyboard
    3) Samsung has the best screens (Super AMOLED)
    4) wasn’t a fan of Sidekick OS, but i love Android
    5) Front Facing Camera

    now i’m hoping this has 1.2 Gigahertz processor or a dual core processor
    and decent battery life and i will get this day one. for all those who say
    Samsung is crappy when it comes to updates, you’re right, but its possible to
    root the device once the custom rom comes out

    • Blakkvi

      Exactly! I’ve been waiting for a device with a qwerty keyboard and I’m not feeling the G2 that much ..hopefully this doesnt disappoint

    • Blakkvi

      Exactly! I’ve been waiting for a device with a qwerty keyboard and I’m not feeling the G2 that much ..hopefully this doesnt disappoint

  • LoSo

    Yea chris those are some of the reasons im waiting for it also..remember this isn’t samsungs first 5 row..they also had the epic which i think is POSSIBLY a slightly better keypad then this but it’s still GREAT nonetheless! i don’t think it will be dual core but it could be 1ghrz..just my opionion..but like you said..rooting would be available so we can better our devices whichever way we want

    • VitaminG

      do you know if this sidekick would flip or does it just slide?

  • Guest

    The main thing i absolutely need from this device is for it to feel solid and not light and plastically.
    and a great, huge screen is a definate must,

    Other than those two things i think they should change it to a swivel screen if possible.

    Then id definately buy it

  • Guest

    The main thing i absolutely need from this device is for it to feel solid and not light and plastically.
    and a great, huge screen is a definate must,

    Other than those two things i think they should change it to a swivel screen if possible.

    Then id definately buy it

  • Guest

    The main thing i absolutely need from this device is for it to feel solid and not light and plastically.
    and a great, huge screen is a definate must,

    Other than those two things i think they should change it to a swivel screen if possible.

    Then id definately buy it

  • 7hevin

    The reason I think people are saying this phone is geared towards kids is because “kids” are unbiased when it comes to new technology the don’t care about who makes it,what OS its running,what network its on,all they care about is functionality and how well and easy it is to use,,,,so yeah,,I geuss this easy to use and very fuctional looking phone is geared towards “kids” even those of us that actually never grew up.

  • guest

    Overall, I just hope it’s not just the name “Sidekick” on another lame phone that really has no innovation. After looking at the G2, and how poorly it was constructed, I hope that this phone does not fall to the same fate. However, when looking at the pics closer, it does look as if though it has an “arm” that raises the screen up and over off of the keyboard…really?
    Besides that, I’m HOPING the main screen mimics the first sidekicks as it was quick and easy to get between screens and other “apps.” Android is great! Let’s just hope they are able to merge the traits of sidekicks past with the new advancements cell phones have made. Otherwise, it’s “just another messaging phone.”

  • guest

    Overall, I just hope it’s not just the name “Sidekick” on another lame phone that really has no innovation. After looking at the G2, and how poorly it was constructed, I hope that this phone does not fall to the same fate. However, when looking at the pics closer, it does look as if though it has an “arm” that raises the screen up and over off of the keyboard…really?
    Besides that, I’m HOPING the main screen mimics the first sidekicks as it was quick and easy to get between screens and other “apps.” Android is great! Let’s just hope they are able to merge the traits of sidekicks past with the new advancements cell phones have made. Otherwise, it’s “just another messaging phone.”

  • guest

    Overall, I just hope it’s not just the name “Sidekick” on another lame phone that really has no innovation. After looking at the G2, and how poorly it was constructed, I hope that this phone does not fall to the same fate. However, when looking at the pics closer, it does look as if though it has an “arm” that raises the screen up and over off of the keyboard…really?
    Besides that, I’m HOPING the main screen mimics the first sidekicks as it was quick and easy to get between screens and other “apps.” Android is great! Let’s just hope they are able to merge the traits of sidekicks past with the new advancements cell phones have made. Otherwise, it’s “just another messaging phone.”

  • JAG

    As a sidekick user from the Sidekick 2 and still using the LX 09 right now I can’t wait to pick up this Android sidekick !! I was hoping it would be made by HTC but samsung will have to do. What really surprises me is why sidekick wouldn’t make this out to be T-mobile new Premier phone. From the looks of the pictures, (and I’m assuming) is they will make it an average smartphone amongst the high competition there is from the Droid, Iphones,EVO’s etc…. Sidekick was like T-mobiles Iphone back in it’s heyday this thing was used by adults,teenagers,celebrities etc etc !!! People recognize the brand and if T-mobile were to bring it back as a “premier phone” like they Mytouch 4g or even the G2..I would think if the specs lived up aka Dual Core processor, AMOLED screen, Running Android 2.3 or Honeycomb…T-mobile would have an instant hit on there hands again! Either way I will be supporting the new sidekick and will be getting it day one…LONG LIVE THE SIDEKICK!

    • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

      unfortunately Google announced Honeycomb will be tablet only.

      • JAG

        They did say for the time being it would be tablet only…but they are working on bringing honeycomb to future smart phones as well

  • Hannahllrose

    I am SOOOOO HAPPY!!! I want my SIDEKICK 4G NOW!!!

    • JAG

      I am in sync with your excitement!