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T-Mobile's G1 Android phone seen in photos

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Sat August 30, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Photos

T-Mobile's G1 smartphone has finally been spotted in a real-world photo, courtesy of an anonymous tip sent to Engadget. The design matches the FCC images and outside renderings exactly and carries both the T-Mobile branding as well as a near-final version of Google's upcoming mobile operating system; the touchscreen, trackball, and hidden QWERTY keyboard are all present as they have been seen since the G1 was first seen as a prototype for Google in the past several months.

Internal features of the phone aren't disclosed as part of the leak, though the G1 is known to support T-Mobile's 3G network and should also have GPS and Wi-Fi as core features. Android itself was also said by Google to include its own dedicated app store, Android Market, which aims to centralize third-party software for the open-source OS in the same way the App Store supports the iPhone and iPod touch.

Most observers anticipate the G1 shipping in November as T-Mobile's highest-profile device and an announcement in October, when the carrier will have a more substantial 3G network than it does today.

By Electronista Staff


  1. dogzilla

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    Joined: Sep 1999



    Looks pretty sweet. If it's cheaper than the iPhone, maybe I'll get one for my daughter.

  1. spyinthesky1



    First impressions

    Looks like it it is from the same designer as the Kindle.


    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2008


    Nothing new

    The design is pretty much like Tmobile's Sidekick device. Sidekick was kludgy. I guess time will tell if the phone is any good.

  1. dimmer

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2006



    I'd have gone (I think) with the keyboard sliding out, rather than the display sliding up, so you'd have both thumbs close to the keyboard. Still, looks interesting.

    My favorite phone to date was the second revision of the Sidekick: great phone, great "feel", nice SSH built in. Also one of very few cell phones I've not managed to physically break.

  1. Lebensmuede

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    Joined: Aug 2006


    Touch of geek

    As with everything non-iPhone, it still has that touch of geekiness about it...

  1. Lebensmuede

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    Joined: Aug 2006


    Touch of geek

    As with everything non-iPhone, it still has that touch of geekiness about it...

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