If you stopped by any mobile tech sites yesterday, chances are that you came across an article regarding the leak of HTC‘s 2009 lineup.Â At first, we only noticed the bright pink Hero Android handset as being a rumored handset for Android later this year. After reading a few other sites over the night and early this morning, we’ve come to the conclusion that the true G2 is in there as well.
Back in early December TmoNews had an article about a handset with the code name “Sapphire“ which purported that T-Mobile was working on the follow up to the G1.Â We can’t possibly keep up with all the code names and rumors, so in fact, did not even report on this.
We hit up TmoNews again this morning only to find ourselves waking up to a bit of “Told ya so.” They, like everyone else, saw the leaked HTC phones and were quick to point out that one of them was code-named Sapphire. Sometimes a coincidence is just that.Â This is not a coincidence.
So, let’s look at this phone.Â It has the chin, a trackball, and what looks like 5 buttons on the bottom.Â TmoNews thinks that the new button to the bottom left is for MyFaves and they could be right.Â I hope not.Â I use that so little with my phone that it would be a waste.Â If it could be left blank and up to the user to decide, then I’m okay with it. It’s the home button after all.Â The rectangular menu button has moved slightly left.
The phone looks a little more rounded off with a centered camera on the back.Â We can’t be too certain, but from the looks of it, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.Â If this is the case, it will not be pleasing to the masses.
The biggest thing we can see in all of this is the omission of a slideout keyboard.Â All of the other leaked handsets with keyboards are shown with them slid out so this leads us to believe that it is a touch only handset.Â Will it make the phone thinner and less clunky?Â We’d imagine it would, but we’ll wait for more.
You Tell Us
So let’s assume that as of right now this is the G2 from T-Mobile.Â What do you think?Â Is it improved?Â Is it a step backwards, without the keyboard?Â Leave a comment below with your thoughts.