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T-Mobile G1 specs leak; no work e-mail support

updated 08:45 am EDT, Tue September 23, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Specs Leak

T-Mobile early today unintentionally had most of the details of the G1 spoiled ahead of the company's official announcement later this morning. In addition to a set of photos obtained by BGR from T-Mobile's own website that have since been pulled, TmoNews claims to have obtained full specifications. The rumor site claims to confirm the existence of 3G support, a 3.1-megapixel camera, a 480x320 touchscreen, GPS mapping and up to 8GB of removable storage (likely through microSDHC). Five key Google apps are described as bundled with the phone and include quick access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Talk for IM and a YouTube client.

New, however, are several limitations to the device. A Gmail account is necessary to sign in and use the device. Unlike the recent iPhone update, Google doesn't support Exchange or similar work e-mail formats. Certain hardware features are also currently limited by software: reflecting the unfinished state of Bluetooth for the Android platform, no stereo Bluetooth audio support will come out of the box with the G1. Video capture is likewise missing for the phone's camera.

T-Mobile itself is also allegedly instituting limits of its own. According to the report, the phone itself will only be available at retail for T-Mobile stores within five miles or less of a 3G coverage area, which will include just 21 cities by the G1's anticipated mid-October launch. Other T-Mobile coverage areas will still have access to demo units but will require users to order online if they want the device. As with the iPhone, all G1 customers will also be required to bundle a new data plan with voice service.

Confirmations and details should follow along with T-Mobile's press event.

by MacNN Staff





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