Tuesday, T-Mobile USA unveiled their latest smartphone MyTouch 4G Slide, which will sport high-end camera features, touted as the most advanced among of all smartphones, undoubtedly challenging the much-rumored but yet-to-come iPhone 5.

MyTouch 4G Slide is the new hopeful for T-Mobile, expected to offer a solution to the struggles in smartphone camera qualities. According to T-Mobile's senior product manager Chris Park, the company looked closely at digital cameras in creating the MyTouch, successfully bridging the gap between the smartphone and a digital camera experience.

While Apple is delaying its much-anticipated iPhone 5, MyTouch Slide will be available in July with what is expected in iPhone 5: an 8 megapixel camera and a dual-LED flash.

To rival iPhone 5, MyTouch 4G Slide also prides other features such as:

  • A SweepShot option allowing for easy shooting in panoramic mode
  • ClearShot HDR feature for capturing images in bright settings
  • A BurstShot feature that takes multiple photos in quick bursts.
  • One-touch access to social networks such as Facebook and photo sharing services including Flickr
  • A 1080p HD camcorder
  • A wide aperture lens
  • Zero shutter lag
  • A backside-illuminated sensor (BSI). BSI improves speed and dynamic range and offers improved low-light performance, in which most smartphones do poorly. If BSI works in 4G Slide, the phone would prove to be a major step up.

    MyTouch 4G Slide will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the new HTC Sense 3.0 user experience. The phone sports a 3.7-inch, WVGA Super LCD display with 800x480 screen resolution, similar in size and feel to the MyTouch 4G. This is quite an achievement given the Slide will be equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

    The phone also offers voice recognition feature in the form of a Genius Button which takes one shot voice commands, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance. The feature will make it possible to use voice commands to initiate calls, write texts or search the Web.

    MyTouch Slide is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, while Apple iPhone 5 is rumored to be powered by an A5 dual-core 1GHz chipset.

    While the myTouch 4G Slide totes some impressive specs, the iPhone 5 may have a heads up on the competition. According to Macworld, a higher number of megapixel count does not necessarily mean it is a better quality camera. The current iPhone's 5 megapixel camera was able to outduel most of its competitors who possessed up to 12 megapixels.

    Still, the biggest advantage for Android in this battle is that T-Mobile has specified that myTouch 4G Slide is coming this July while iPhone 5 release is still widely speculated.

    MyTouch 4G Slide is priced at $199.99 after rebate, with a two-year contract.