Now THIS is interesting...right from a Sharp Employee
As the clock ticks closer to launch, we are getting rumors of Sidekick 3 launch parties in L.A. and New York in early June, talk of celebrities seen carrying the Sidekick 3, and then this little doozy below that could throw a wrench into everything we think we know so far. Remember, if you have pictures of the Sidekick 3 or meaningful data points that can help us put the puzzle together, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - BSD
"I work for Sharp Inc. Productions Labs, based in Burbank, California.
I work in the Packaging Department at Sharp, and we receive electronic products and prouduct casing daily for Sharp, which we send to distributors or Sharp Subsidiaries (like Danger with the Hiptop Platform). All of Sharp’s test casing products go through us first, and then to a manufacturer or the FCC to be pre-approved, so basicly when Sharp wants to propose a new product (like the Sidekick 3), they will manufacture usually ten to twenty test models in China, Taiwan, Japan etc, and then send them to us where we will distribute them to whom it is addressed.
All of our shipments come in standard cardboard brown boxes with a product code, sometimes a name, and sometimes a picture (so the box does not need to be opened in Customs or the like), and recently we had been receiving Sidekick 3 casing and internal memory cards, microchips and circuitry boards etc, but we have now been receiving the actual handsets, sometimes as much as 84 per shipment. Anyway, this morning when I came into work, I was assigned to package the products and simply box them, when I noticed casing for what looked like the Sidekick III’s we had been receiving, but a lot thiner and smaller - which look to me as though they are a thin RAZR version of the Sidekick III. I also noticed that the screen appeared to have DXTHB (4mpx)Tiles - which suggests that there might be a touchscreen element to the Sidekick 3."