This article originally appeared on Brighthand.com.
The first Android-based mobile phone is expected to be unveiled soon. A device developed and manufactured by HTC, and called the Dream, it will be carried by service provider T-Mobile and will feature Google's much anticipated Android mobile operating system.
T-Mobile USA is going to hold a press event next week at which the first smartphone running Google's Android operating system will be announced.
The invitation to this event -- which will be held on September 23 -- specifically says that this wireless carrier will be unveiling an Android-based phone.
However, the invite doesn't promise that this product will be released next week. Unconfirmed reports say this won't happen until mid-October.
And the price is...
Not surprisingly, T-Mobile didn't reveal any details on the device it's going to announce next week, but quite a bit of information on this model -- reportedly called the HTC Dream -- has already leaked out.
The most recent of these leaks is the price: $200 with a two-year contract. It will supposedly be $400 without a subsidy.
More about the HTC Dream
HTC has done its best to keep a lid on details of the Dream, but some information has leaked out. According to some reports, T-Mobile will call this device the G1.
Leaked images and video show that it will have a touchscreen that moves to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard.
FCC documents show that this smartphone will support T-Mobile's 3G network. In addition, this model will have Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
In addition, the G1 be available in black, white, and brown, and it will include a 3 MPx camera.
At its heart will be Android, a new Linux-based operating system for smartphones being developed by Google and a group of partners. This will be strongly tied to Google online services, and may even by advertiser supported.