Second Google Android mobile phone coming before end of year

A second mobile phone powered by Google’s Android is about to hit the market. Shenzen Bluelans Communication, a Chinese company, is expected to release the Sciphone Dream G2 handset within the next two weeks, according to the DigiTimes.

The Sciphone Dream G2 will be powered by Android and come with tri-band (850/1800/1900MHz or GSM900/1800/1900MHz depending on the model) GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, up to 50MB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 4MP auto-focus camera, and a microSD memory card slot (cards up to 16GB supported), and a 1500mAh battery. Unlike the T-Mobile G1, it does not appear to come with a physical keyboard. This would be quite odd given that Android lacks virtual keyboard support at this time and only expects to add it in Q1 2009. Could Bluelans have developed their own software for virtual keyboards?

According to the DigiTimes article, the Dream G2 will be available in China and will sell for less than 1,200 yuan (about US$175). There is no word on whether we will see it in other parts of the world.

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