THE GEEPHONE, also known as HTC Dream or in this particular case, the T-Mobile G1 (T-Mobile’s moniker), has made its way into every nook and cranny on the world wide wibble with rumours and speculation about the handset and its capabilities. We’ve finally had vindication today.
Google's worst kept secret - not that they’re in the business of keeping secrets – has been finally unveiled at a T-Mobile press event in NYC this morning.
Apart from HTC's now-famous sliding screen that reveals a QWERTY keyboard underneath, the G1 is equipped with the same processor HTC uses on its Touch series handsets, 528MHz ARM11 with an ARM9 for communications (which supports up to 5.76Mb/s HSUPA or 7.2Mb/s HSDPA). There’s 192MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM under the bonnet, which is beefier than previous reports. SD Micro support allows for 8GB-worth of external storage. The screen isn’t too big, and the resolution is identical to the iPhone’s 480x320 (If you want more we’d suggest the HTC Touch HD).
Software-wise, and apart from the Android OS features that have been widely described through the SDK and developer community, Amazon has jumped on the opportunity and plugged their Amazon MP3 DRM-free store into the Android’s innards.
Additional goodies will come from the App Store-like Android Market where users will be able to download apps to their heart’s content, in a Youtube-like content management system. Google is relying on the developer community to power the Android Market and fill it with useful apps, but one can trust that existing apps from the App Store will make it to the Android in no time.
T-Mobile is pitching this at $179, not the $199 that was referred to before, and it’ll be available from October 22nd, although T-Mobile USA customers already have the opportunity to pre-order the handsets if they are so inclined. €uroland gets it next, in November, starting off with Blighty, and then moving onto the continentals in Q1-2009. No word on pricing yet. µ
Here are the specs on the handset, from the HTC site:
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