Later on today T-Mobile and Google will announce the first smartphone based on the Android platform. However images and some of the specs of the device already leaked. Have a look-see of those, while we wait for the real deal.
Update: The HTC-made T-Mobile G1 is now official with pre-orders due to open over at the dedicated T-Mobile website. We've got the official announcement covered right here.
The T-Mobile G1 is definitely not among the most nice looking handset out there - the design could have benefited from some additional time on the drawing board. Nevertheless, the first Android handset sports a cool looking specs sheet and it's the OS that attracts the attention. Gizmodo seem to have a nice list of the 10 most interesting upcoming Android apps - be sure to check those.
As TmoNews reports, the T-Mobile G1 will have a 65K color HVGA screen (480 x 320 pixels), which the same resolution as the iPhone. Touchscreen it is, too - but the G1 will also have a trackball below the display. The G1 will measure the same height as the iPhone, only a bit less wide and slightly thicker.
The T-Mobile G1 will also have a 3 megapixel camera, but unfortunately there's no video recording. The iPhone is clear evidence that manufacturers can get away with that. Bluetooth functionality will be initially rather limited - only headset connectivity - but full support will come later on. Sound all too familiar again.
Other than that, you can expect all the other usual high-end stuff such as GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G. We doubt T-Mobile customers will benefit much from the 3G functionality, given the dodgy coverage but we are sure things will get better with time.
T-Mobile G1 is not much of a looker
That's it for now, stay tuned for more information. The official presentation is due to start in 10:30 AM EST or 16:30 CET.