Gizmodo says this is supposedly the T-Mobile G2 — the follow-up to Google’s (GOOG) G1, the first phone running its Android mobile operating system.
If so, we assume it will sell for cheap: $99, or $80 less than the G1, we think.
We don’t know the specs, but it looks like it could be cheaper to make than the G1 — no slide-out keyboard, for instance.
And we think it will have to compete with other $99 smartphones. For example, we expect Apple to offer a $99 iPhone this year. T-Mobile, HTC, and Google would be smart to keep matching (or beating) Apple’s pricing.
While Google’s long-term success in the mobile advertising market doesn’t rely on Android, it couldn’t hurt to go after a few more points of market share. A Morgan Stanley survey suggests Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone outsold the G1 almost six-to-one in the U.S. last quarter.
And new competitors are on the way, such as Palm’s (PALM) sexy Pre, whatever new iPhones Apple releases this year, and perhaps Android-powered phones on more U.S. carriers.
So if this is the real G2, we think it’ll specifically be a cheaper alternative to the G1.