Danger last week announced the latest version of its Hiptop handheld device, sold in the United States as the Sidekick from T-Mobile USA.
The Sidekick II retains the lines characteristic swivel screen and QWERTY thumb-controlled keyboard but adds a built-in speakerphone and VGA (640-by-480-pixel) camera. The Sidekick II is thinner than previous versions, measuring 5.1 by 2.6 by 0.9 inches.
Extended battery life lets users talk for 4.5 hours without recharging, and a redesigned radio and antenna extend network connectivity and enhance the quality of voice calls, said officials.
For instant messaging users, the Sidekick II supports Yahoos IM client, in addition to America Onlines AIM. The device syncs with Microsofts Outlook for PIM functionality.
The Sidekick II, due in the fall, is priced at $299. T-Mobile will offer an unlimited data plan on top of that for $20 a month.
The Sidekick is the first product stemming from Dangers manufacturing partnership with Sharp.