T-Mobile is expected to release the first Google Android based smartphone, the HTC Dream, on September 23 - according to media reports the phone will be priced at $199:
The first ever cell phone featuring Google Android platform and built by T-Mobile will be released in the U.S. already next week. The unit will cost $199 for those, who sign a certain contract with T-Mobile, which is expected to offer its customers “aggressively priced” data service plans, reports Reuters news-agency citing the Wall Street Journal. It is unclear when and whether the first ever Google Android phone is set to be released in other regions, such as Asia and Europe.
The Android handset, which is manufactured by High Tech Computer (HTC), will carry on Google brand, a departure from the standard practice of listing only the manufacturer and wireless carrier on handsets, the news-paper reported late on Wednesday.
Not much is actually known about the HTC “Dream” smartphone based on Google Android operating system. What was officially revealed is that the handset will have a large touch-sensitive screen with haptic feedback as well QWERTY keyboard. The device is reportedly 5” long and 3” wide. Unfortunately, no more information about the HTC “Dream” is available: its battery time is not certain and it is also unclear whether the device can be used as portable digital media player.