We recently caught up with Kevin Chen, general manager of HTC Middle East, Africa and CIS, to grill him over the lack of Android handsets in the region. While he wouldn’t comment on specifics, he did concede that the G1 was coming to the Middle East sometime in Q3 this year. It’s still too early to talk prices, but Mr Chen did admit HTC would be talking to a service provider about distribution and data plan subscription deals (much like Etisalat’s iPhone deals). This comes just after HTC CEO Peter Chou told attendees at a press conference in Taipei that it expects three new Android phones in 2009. We already know about the Magic, but what about the other two? We’ll keep our ears to the ground.