The T-Mobile G2 has been generating a lot of buzz after being announced as the first Android phone to support HSPA+, but recent leaks have suggested the remaining hardware will be comparable with other high-end smartphones (some would even say boring).
From what we have gathered, the G2 will run a stock version of Android 2.2 powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and feature a 3.7 inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard, and support for HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps.
Recent leaks have also suggested the display be AMOLED like the Incredible and Nexus One, but we all know about the component shortages and I wouldn’t be surprised if the G2 actually features the Sony SLCD that HTC is switching to in some models.
A product listing on Walmart was spotted by CellPhoneSignal and suggested the G2 would run Android with HTC’s Sense UI, but T-Mobile has already labeled it as a “with Google” device and said it would feature tight integration with Google services. It’s entirely possible that Sense UI could still land on the device, but our sources told us test units were running stock Android 2.2 and we think it makes more sense to follow the Google-experience strategy of the original G1.
Last week I speculated the G2 would feature the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, but now several sites have reported the CPU as a 1 GHz Snapdragon. Many were hoping for a dual-core processor, but the G2 is coming next month and we likely will not see those types of chips till the Nov-Dec. timeframe.
Basically, the G2 should be your ordinary 1 GHz phone with the main features being stock Android 2.2, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and support for HSPA+. If you are in the market for a new T-Mobile smartphone or want a device with super-fast data speeds, then by all means place the G2 at the top of your list. Those who were looking for a phone that offered the next generation in performance (dual-cpu) should save their money and wait for Q4.
The leaked T-Mobile roadmap listed the G2 with a Sept. 9th releaes date, but TmoNews is claiming it should land Sept. 29th. We believe the later date is correct, since we likely would have heard about the G2 pre-sale program by now. Current T-Mobile customers will be able to order the G2 in advance of the device’s public availability, and we expect to get more details in the coming weeks.
No price point has been revealed, but our best guess is T-Mobile will sell the G2 around $199 with a 2-year contract, similar to their Vibrant pricing. T-Mobile has given no indication of new data plans, but I have a strong feeling we will see some type of tiered pricing for the premium experience of HSPA+ data speeds.
Now that the G2 is starting to come into focus, what do you think of T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ handset? Will the faster data speeds of 14.4 Mbps lure you to upgrade now, or will you continue to ride the fence and wait on the next-generation of CPU tech? How would you improve the T-Mobile G2?