Hidden Son of T-Mobile's G1 Android Launched In The Far East as Dream G2

You know when a product has become popular when manufacturers in China and elsewhere start cloning the brand (and the functionality); which is the feeling when you hear about the Sciphone Dream G2 smartphone.

Manufactured by a Chinese company called Bluelans Communication, the device bears the hallmarks of a Samsung smartphone but comes with the Google Android User Interface (so it says) complete with the Android Home edition v1.0 OS (ed: Home Edition?).

The G2 comes with a 2.8-inch display with 262k colours (and capable of displaying 320x240 pixels), WiFi, FM tuner with up to 16GB microSD storage but (and there are a few buts), the phone doesn't support 3G, has no GPS and no keypads (or keyboards) to type in.

The camera is a 4-megapixel model - the first one of its type - and comes with Autofocus Anddream lenses (whatever that means); other features include Google's complete set of applications, down to Google SMS, Chrome and iGoogle.

The price of the G2 smartphone as well as its availability have yet to be confirmed although one can expect the G2 to be on sale around £60; the company is selling a clone of the iPhone 3G, the Sciphone i68i, for only $110 complete with a 3.2-inch touchscreen.

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