Phandroid received a tip from a trusted T-Mobile informant yesterday about what exactly T-Mobile's Project Emerald actually is. There have been plenty of guesses floating around, but this seems to be a halfway decent possibility of what T-Mobile has in store for us with Project Emerald. Phandroid writes that Project Emerald will be not one handset, but two. What's more, the HTC Vision/Vanguard/G1 Blaze and the HTC Desire HD will be the two handsets, launched a week apart.
The devices will supposedly be launched in secret on the dates of September 22nd and September 29th. Phandroid also says that their source reports that the HTC G1 Blaze unit seen by their source differed from the previous version seen. The HTC Vision/Vanguard/G1 Blaze was three times rumored to be launched around September, so that part of the story doesn't seem very far-fetched.
However, there are some discrepencies between the story that Phandroid is currently putting out, and what we have been expecting as of recently. The supposed timeline that was leaked back in early July puts Emerald in November. As to why T-Mobile would start training employees on the device more than a month ahead of the release is beyond me, and raises some questions, and Phandroid themselves add that this is a fairly big rumor.
Gizmodo notes that the dates Phandroid are giving out place "the G1 Blaze almost two years after the original Android phone, the G1—just in time for customers who signed a 2-year contract, by the sounds of it."
With the HTC Glacier, HTC Desire HD/myTouch 3G HD, and HTC G1 Blaze/Valiant/Vanguard all being rumored for the launch, it seems that the best way to determine which handset will win is by taking a wild guess. Let us know which one you decide on...
Other Sources: Gizmodo
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