Ahh, the good ole’ FCC. They always have the pre-release goods on all the cool upcoming gadgets that have any kind of wireless functionality. This time, it’s the T-Mobile Sidekick II/Danger Hiptop II:
Apparently, this picture is upside down, but you get the idea. Doesn’t seem too different from the current model, though it does appear to be slimmer. The screen flip mechanism appears to be more of a slide than a pivot this time, and from the back, it looks like a traditional point-and-shoot camera, viewfinder and all.
Check out the Gizmodo story linked above for more info and links to lots of photos at the FCC, as well as a PDF version of the user manual.
I had three different iterations of the current/original T-Mobile Sidekick for about a year, starting in October 2001 (when it was released). I started with the original monochrome version, had that one replaced due to a faulty scroll wheel, and then upgraded to the color version when it came out. The reflective LCD screen on the color version really made a world of difference, and I became quite used to having an integrated QWERTY keyboard for mail and messaging. Alas, I grew tired of waiting for the promised application capabilities that never materialized, and traded it in for a Pocket PC Phone Edition (XDA).
Still, the Hiptop/Sidekick is a great device for data (not so great as a phone), and seeing the photos of the new version makes me kind of sort of want one again. Just a little.