For the time being, the only available smartphone powered by Google Android is the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream G1), but that’s quickly changing with more Android phones from other companies as well. While we sit and wait for Google phones from the major players, we can turn our attention to China to find a smartphone filled with Android goodness.
China TechFaith Wireless and QIGI have partnered up to launch the new i6-Goal, the first Android-powered phone to hit the world’s most populous nation. Wait, has India caught up to China for population yet? I’m not sure… but I digress.
Getting back to the i6-Goal, you’ll notice that it lacks a physical QWERTY keyboard altogether, relying instead on the full touchscreen display. I find this to be a little curious, because as far as I know, Google Android does not have official support for virtual keyboards (yet). That’ll change, I’m sure.
Other notable specs on China’s Android Phone include a 624MHz processor, quad-band GSM, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and microSD expansion. Running par for the course in China, the i6-Goal does not have any 3G connectivity, relying instead on the built-in Wi-Fi for all your high-speed mobile Web access, including direct support for Google’s Gmail, YouTube, and Gtalk.
Based on the pictures provided, the i6-Goal definitely looks bigger than something like the HTC Touch or Touch Diamond. It’s probably closer in size to the BlackBerry Storm, but not as thick.