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T-Mobile Teams Up With HTC To Create Another Evolution With The G2

September 26, 2010 By: lilybird Category: Mobile

After a while of staying under the radar, T-Mobile has finally released information about the upcoming T-Mobile G2. As a successor to the G1, the G2 promises a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and T-Mobile intends to further the G legacy by making it the first smartphone to support its recently hopped-up HSPA+ network. HSPA+ speeds should close in on 4G, and T-Mobile is marketing it as a phone that “delivers 4G speeds.”

However, that marketing has not gone over well with the competition. AT&T in particular has taken issue with T-Mobile’s attempts to associate 4G with HSPA+ because T-Mobile, according to them, is misleading the customers. T-Mobile contends that since the G2 will able to attain theoretical download speeds of 14.4 Mbps, which is in the range of Sprint’s WiMax, a true 4G network, that their marketing is honest. It’s all a matter of perspective, and while HSPA+ is not technically fourth-generation technology, it is the same thing for practical purposes. 4G has greater theoretical maximums than HSPA+, but the G2 will long be outdated when that becomes an issue.

Back to the phone, T-Mobile has made it clear that they don’t plan to mess with a good thing. The G2 is an evolution of the G1 but the core features will remain, such as the QWERTY keyboard. In addition, there’s the 800 MHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera that has an LED flash and which shoots 720p HD video. The T-Mobile G2 also has 4 GB of on-board memory and it includes an 8 GB memory card for a combined 12 GB. Users will be able to upgrade to a 16 GB or 32 GB card for a total of 20 GB or 36 GB respectively. The good news is that T-Mobile G2 accessories and Google G2 accessories, such as memory cards, will be interchangeable with those from the G1.

The biggest area of concern about these specifications is the decrease from a 1 GHz to an 800 MHz processor. According to T-Mobile’s press release, the reduction was important to achieve optimal battery life. Of course, none of this matters if the Snapdragon in the G2 performs adequately, and we should note that comparing CPUs isn’t as simple as comparing clock cycles. The worrisome aspect of this is the reports that HSPA+ connectivity apps drink a lot of power, in which case the downgrade to the 800 MHz may be an actual sacrifice.

The G2 will be released with a T-Mobile-tweaked Android 2.2 Froyo operating system as well as Swype and Quick Keys on the physical slide-out keyboard. Users will be able to use these as customizable single-press keyboard shortcuts to apps, websites, and a host of other functionality. An unproven rumor has stated that the G2 will come with built-in screen protection, thus making all third-party T-Mobile G2 screen protectors obsolete. We should find out later this month when T-Mobile allows preordering.

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