Windows Phone 7 Mango developer handsets being distributed next week?

We have known for a few weeks that developers will be getting an early peek at Mango on special developer handsets.

Now Tom from WinRumors says this distribution is imminent, with the handsets likely hitting the hands of developers next week.

Microsoft has earlier said rolling out beta Mango ROMs to developers presented problems, and may leave developers with handsets that could not be upgraded to the official Mango update. It is not known if they have been able to overcome these difficulties at present, leaving the special developer handsets and the Windows Phone 7.5 emulator as the only way most developers can test their new applications.