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General Mobile preps 5MP, dual SIM Android phone

updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2009

General Mobile DSTL1

General Mobile has provided an early glance at a high-end smartphone that may be the first of its kind for Google's Android platform. The DSTL1 has cosmetic similarities to HTC's Touch Diamond but will have a 5-megapixel camera with flash as well as twin SIM card slots that will let it run on two separate providers as is often the case in Eastern Europe and Asia. The 3-inch touchscreen is lower resolution at 400x240 but is countered by a faster, 627MHz processor versus HTC's slower offering.

The phone should also have 4GB of internal storage plus a microSDHC card slot and will have Wi-Fi for short range wireless; the existence of 3G is unknown but is likely to exclude the North American 850MHz band as it already lacks similar support for calls. While the presence of Android isn't yet confirmed, General Mobile acknowledges that the phone's OS is based off of a Linux kernel, similar to its counterpart.

A formal launch is planned for next month's Mobile World Congress and will have the phone shipped during the summer. [via GSMArena]





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