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Thursday, September 18, 2008

T-Mobile's Android Handset Priced at $199, Released on September 23

Although there's still nothing official from Google, T-Mobile or HTC, the very first mobile device to run on big G's Android platform will apparently be presented on September 23. Its price, in case you're wondering, will be one to compete with that of AT&T's iPhone 3G 8GB: $199 with a contract agreement for two years.

According to the Wall Street Journal, not only that the Android handset will be sold for this price, but it will also come with Google's logo on it, as previously rumored. Still, there's no clear info yet about the official name the device will have. It might be "HTC Dream," "HTC G1," "T-Mobile Dream," "T-Mobile G1" and so on.

As for the features of the handset, from all the leaked details that appeared so far, these should include: a 3.2 inch TFT display with 480 x 320 pixels (not exactly like the Touch HD), a full QWERTY keyboard, a Google Street View software that relies on an built-in compass, a Google App Store called Android Market, GPS, Wi-Fi, quad-band GSM and HSDPA connectivity, advanced Web capabilities (easy YouTube access included), email, a 3 Megapixel camera, 1GB of internal memory and an 1150 mAh battery.

The device should weigh 5.6 ounces (159 grams) and, when closed, it should measure 4.6 x 2.16 x 6.3 inches (117 x 55 x 16 millimeters). So, as you can see, it will not be the slimmest and lightest smartphone around. It won't be the most beautiful either, as recent live images with it have unveiled a modest look. But it's the brains that matter, not the beauty (or at least so they say), and if the Dream / G1 indeed comes with all the above mentioned features, we can easily state that it has big brains.

Now there's only one problem left: will T-Mobile really come up with the Android phone on September 23?