T-Mobile and Google officially introduced the first Android-based phone. The T-Mobile G1, which was made by smartphone maker HTC, will be available in the US on October 22 for $179 with a two-year contract. The UK will follow in November and some European countries will get this new HTC phone in Q1 2009. The first Andriod phone features a large 3.2" touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The G1 supports HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe: 2100 MHz, US:1700/2100 MHz, Up to 7.2 Mbps down-link (HSDPA) and 2 Mbps up-link (HSUPA) speeds
, quad-band GSM/GRPS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz measures 117.7 mm x 55.7 mm x 17.1 mm and weighs 158g.
It obviously runs the Google Android operating system and has a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, 192MB RAM, 256MB ROM, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, 802.11b/g WiFi, mini-USB port, GPS, built-in microphone and speaker, digital compass, motion sensor, microSD memory card support and a 3.2 megapixel camera with fixed focus.
The T-Mobile G1 with Google delivers a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. Working together, T-Mobile, Google and HTC integrated Android and T-Mobile services into the phone’s form and function. The T-Mobile G1’s vibrant, high-quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s e-mail, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation.
“T-Mobile, Google and HTC share a similar vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The T-Mobile G1 represents the culmination of this vision by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy. We are honored to be joining T-Mobile and Google today for this historic unveiling of the T-Mobile G1.”
With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can search for relevant information with a touch of a finger. A full HTML Web browser allows users to see any Web page the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen. With built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G and EDGE network as well as Wi-Fi, the T-Mobile G1 can connect to the best available high-speed data connection for surfing the Web and downloading information quickly and effortlessly.