T-Mobile G2 officially announced with a 45nm Snapdragon inside, and new Google Services

T-Mobile G2 officially announced with a 45nm Snapdragon inside, and new Google Services
After all the pictures and specs leaks, T-Mobile finally unwrapped the G2 - its highly anticipated successor to the G1, the first ever Android phone. The G2 is worthy of the G1 heir title, as it brings along two "firsts" - it is the first handset to take full advantage of T-Mobile's 4G-like HSPA + network, and the first with the new power-sipping Snapdragon. The MSM7230 chipset has the Adreno 205 GPU, which elevates 2D/3D graphics to a whole new level, compared to the previous Snapdragon generation - the theoretical limit is four times the performance. That brings it almost on par with the Hummingbird found in the Galaxy S, so we can't wait to test those claims. Qualcomm's MSM7230 has the HSPA+ baseband modem integrated in the chipset, and it is of the 14.4Mbps variety in the G2 - again, these are theoretical speeds.

T-Mobile's G2 will have all the rest of the prerequisites to be called a flagship handset. The 5MP camera is graced with an LED flash, and can capture HD video at 720p. It comes with 4GB of internal memory and 8GB microSD card, for a total of 12GB out of the box, which will come in handy for storing those HD video files.

The type of the 3.7" screen is not specified, but it is most probably AMOLED with 480x800 pixels of resolution, as most displays of this size on the HTC handsets are. We know HTC had issues with the AMOLED supplies from Samsung, so we wouldn't speculate what will end up in the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile is listing only the size at this point. For navigating the screen HTC has included an optical trackpad underneath it as well.

The four-row keyboard has an interesting hinge mechanism, which looks quite comfy to use, and the three shortcut buttons we saw in the leaked close-ups yesterday, turned out to be exactly that - Quick Key buttons for easy access to Google shortcuts and applications. Speaking of which, the T-Mobile G2 is head-to-toes a Google phone, as can be expected from a worthy G1 successor. It runs stock Android 2.2 with no Sense UI overlays and seven homescreens. One of the panels is even strictly dedicated to one-click access to the Google applications. On the T-Mobile G2 this includes Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Places and Navigation, YouTube, Google Talk and also Google Earth, Google Goggles and some others.

The T-Mobile G2 is the first handset to offer a handy integrated Google Voice experience, allowing an account setup with your number from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes your voice messages into Visual Voicemail, present as text messages or email you can also read online. The Voice Actions feature of Google Search that we saw in a leaked ROM dump is also here, of course. It lets you control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending texts or email, browsing, listening to music, and other common tasks.

All these features should be executed in a snappy manner, considering the quick next generation Snapdragon inside, made with the 45nm technology. It is clocked at the recommended minimum for the chipset at 800MHz to make the most out of the battery. The juice pack is 1300mAh, unlike most other flagship devices, which have 1500mAh, but it still manages to rate at the decent 6.5hrs of talk time and 17.5 days of standby. And, to top it all off, the T-Mobile G2 comes in a pretty compact package at 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches (119 x 60 x 15 mm), but, of course, it weighs the hefty 6.5 ounces (184 grams), due to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The G2 has it all to become the new favorite on T-Mobile, and we can't wait to test those HSPA+ speeds and compare them to Sprint's 4G handsets. The price is rumored to be $199 on a two-year contract, and availability is slated for the end of September. Unfortunately, the T-Mobile G2 is still not available for preorder, but the carrier is promising that it will be, in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile G2 Specifications

source: T-Mobile



12. blah123 unregistered

what are those three white buttons on the bottom of the keyboard?

14. PDXMatt

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 26, 2007

I am not sure it has been decided as to what they are for yet.

9. Condoleezza Rice unregistered

Hey y'all. Condoleezza Rice here.

10. George W. Bush unregistered

CONDI! George loves you! don't tell Laura. George

7. MontoyaWA@yahoo.com unregistered

Rumored $199 w/2 year contract? At this point can't we go ahead, and assume that's what it's going to be? Do they even release new phones higher than $199 w/2 year contract? It's pretty much the magic price point...

8. PDXMatt

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 26, 2007

Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G goes for $249.99.

6. Lenox713 unregistered

Looks like a "Nexus 1" with a slide-out keyboard

5. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

looks something like a super spec'd 3G slide

4. foster6565

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This phone looks good except for the fact that it wont receive gingerbread officially anyways which is quite unfortunate. I don't understand why they couldn't just bump it to a 1ghz processor.

11. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

It's a snapdragon processor. It is 1GHz. But evidently it's being underclocked to 800. Still very snappy. And saves battery. Combined with the 45nm architecture and a 1500mAh battery I'm gonna wager this handset will exceed the 6.5 hr rating. But you also Should remember an adreno 205 GPU is integrated into the chipset. That handles 2d/3d graphics for games and the 720p video recording, As well as other video playback. With the GPU taking all that strain off the snapdragon 800mhz should be more than fast enough amd there shouldn't be much of a difference between it and 1ghz. The big question is will the adreno GPU have dedicated ram? If not the g2 needs a minimum 512mb of ram to keep high speeds with 2 processors on the chipset. Or some damn good, even amazing, programming for which gets priority with the ram.

3. Bigtittyho unregistered

My tits are cold

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

concidering Tmobile launched android with the G1, and then went nearly stagnant with low end offerings for a while as everyone else got droids and evos, its nice to see a return of a solid lineup. Now you have 2 high end options. The awesome Vibrant, or the internet speedster in the G2.

1. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

nice write up, and t-mobile gets all the sweet android phones lol

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