Sep 08 AT 11:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 33 Comments

T-Mobile unveils the G2, pre-orders begin this month

T-Mobile, Google, and HTC are teaming up once again to deliver a groundbreaking Android phone. Billed as the true successor to the G1 (the world’s first Android phone), the G2 is the first handset specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network.

Most of the specs were previously leaked, but we can now say for certain the G2 will feature an 800 MHz Snapdragon processor (MSM7230), 3.7 inch S-TFT display, 5 mepapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, 720p video capture, 4 GB internal memory, and a full QWERTY keyboard.

The G2 will also run stock Android 2.2 and be the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voice. This will allow customers the ability to create a new account using their current mobile number right from the home screen.

T-Mobile customers will have the exclusive opportunity to pre-order the G2 in limited quantities later this month. We first heard Sept. 29th as a possible launch date, but it now sounds like it has been pushed back to Oct. 6 to coincide with the CTIA show.

As we mentioned earlier today, users should expect the G2 to offer high-end performance on the same level as current leading Android phones. If you are still holding onto a G1, this is the Droid you have been waiting for.

I’m still rocking the Nexus One, but I think the G2 will be my next personal phone. No one else offers a stock Android phone that you can use without a contract and that’s the reason I’m still a T-Mobile customer. If you want to support no-contract calling plans and stock Android, vote with your money and switch to T-Mobile.

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Introducing the T-Mobile G2 with Google – the First Smartphone Delivering 4G Speeds on T-Mobile’s Super-Fast HSPA+ Network

T-Mobile, Google and HTC re-team to deliver the groundbreaking successor to the T-Mobile G1; Exclusive preorder for current T-Mobile customers begins later this month

BELLEVUE, Wash. Sept. 9, 2010 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled the T-Mobile® G2â„¢ with Googleâ„¢, delivering downloads at 4G speeds1, a blazing fast web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. The G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network2, which covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. The G2 is an ultra-powerful smartphone designed by HTC and is the highly anticipated successor to the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Androidâ„¢-powered mobile phone, pairing a large 3.7-inch screen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Current T-Mobile customers will get exclusive access to preorder the G2 starting later this month.

“T-Mobile ignited the spark that set the Android world ablaze two years ago with the launch of the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, the T-Mobile G1, which remains an important milestone for both T-Mobile and the Android operating system,” said Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA. “Now, with the launch of the T-Mobile G2, we are re-teaming with our partners at Google and HTC to provide T-Mobile customers with another first – the first Android smartphone designed to deliver 4G speeds on our new network.”

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

“Two years ago, HTC and T-Mobile worked together to deliver the world’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. From that start, Android has grown to be the leading smartphone platform in the U.S., and one of the most popular globally,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “With today’s announcement of the G2, HTC and T-Mobile are once again bringing a breakthrough Android product to market.”

The first smartphone specifically designed to deliver 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network, the G2 is optimized for performance to provide customers with blazing fast access to a world of information through websites, applications, videos, file downloads and more. Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Marketâ„¢, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications.

The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voiceâ„¢, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actionsâ„¢ from Google, Google Gogglesâ„¢ and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Searchâ„¢, which allows you to control your phone with your voice for calling contacts and businesses, sending messages, browsing the Web, listening to music and completing common tasks. It is also the first smartphone to offer integrated access to Google Voiceâ„¢, allowing customers to create a new account using their current mobile number right from the home screen. Google Voice then automatically transcribes voicemails to text so customers can read them like an e-mail or text message from their phone or online. Additional pre-loaded Google services include Google Search, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Places and Navigation, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢ and Google Earthâ„¢, among others.

Adding fuel to the G2’s speed is its Snapdragonâ„¢ MSM7230 mobile processor which combines Qualcomm’s new HSPA+ capabilities and second generation applications processor.  The Snapdragon MSM7230 offers an 800 MHz CPU and is optimized to deliver exceptional performance, long battery life and leading edge multimedia and web browsing – with download speeds faster than other solutions currently in the market.

The G2 delivers advanced smartphone features including an HD video camera for recording crystal-clear, high-definition (720p) videos that can be automatically uploaded to your Photobucket account and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The G2 also offers smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar; social networking; and instant messaging. In addition, the G2 features a pre-installed 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB, as well as a music player.

Additional features of the G2 include the following:

  • Dedicated Quick Keys for one-touch access to your favorite Google shortcuts and applications
  • 4GB internal memory with pre-installed 8GB micro SD card, with support for up to 32 GB of external memory
  • Built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo headset and Bluetooth support
  • Swype® text input for fast, accurate communication
  • Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience
  • Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery


The T-Mobile G2 with Google will be available in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile, and current T-Mobile customers will have the opportunity to preorder the G2 in limited quantities later this month. Additional availability details will be shared in the coming weeks. Visit to register for updates.

About T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Network

T-Mobile continues to expand its super-fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which now covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas. T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network – which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21 Mbps – offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country, with plans to reach more than 200 million people this year. For more information on where

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network service is available, please visit

Source: T-Mobile

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  • http://Website Brad Pitcher

    Front facing camera!!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Nope. If you want that feature on T-Mobile wait for the myTouch HD coming sometime in November.

      • http://Website Brad Pitcher

        No man. Take a look look at the new photos. On the upper left hand corner of the phone there are two faint circles. Probably a camera and a light sensor, right?

        • nEx.Software

          Probably an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor.

        • http://Website Gee

          Those are definitely sensors.

  • nick

    I’m really torn. I had the G1, and upgraded to the Nexus when it can out. It would be “fitting” to get the G2 but something tells me project emerald will yield something better. I.e., dual core processor.

    • http://Website JohnB

      Project Emerald is still unknown – no one knows exactly what that is. There is even a site that tracks this project with a lot of discussions that have gone by:

      The latest version of the story is that Project Emerald is actually two phones, one of them you are looking at now, and the other one is Desire HD, which is essentially HTC Evo for non-Sprint users with some upgrades. Then there is HTC Glacier which no one knows exactly which phones it will turn into.

      HTC/T-Mobile needs to stop coming up with so many names/code names for the same phones!

      Just look at the names they came up with for G2:

      - HTC Vision
      - HTC Vanguard
      - HTC G1 Blaze
      - HTC G2 (finally!)
      - HTC Desire Z (Euro version)

      Ouch. :)

  • http://Website Johnny Lam

    Don’t think its a front facing camera, just a large proximity sensor :/

  • http://Website Brad Pitcher

    Oh no. I think you’re right. I was really hoping for a front facing camera. I may just wait for the MyTouch HD then.

    • http://Website Frofro

      Does the my touch hd comes with qwerty???

      • Taylor Wimberly

        No, it is touch only.

  • http://Website Simon

    Wat does this mean to international buyers? i’m from sydney, would i be able to purchase this phone from US and run it on GSM network?
    - GSM/GPRS
    - 3G/HSPA

    • http://Website dans

      I think you would need to buy the international version. But lets see when its announced.

    • KaiserJay

      The bands used on T-Mobile phones are usually the ones that are used internationally (I’m in the UK, but whenever I go to the States with a GSM phone, it usually picks up either T-Mobile or AT&T).

      Check with your provider to see if they use any one of these bands:

      GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
      UMTS dual-band global 3G 1700/2100 MHz

  • http://Website waffle

    Oh my god I have been waiting for this kind of news constantly for a long time now and its finally here!! Thank u jesus!!

  • http://Website Nate

    This issue this phone is going to have is that Dual-Core processor phones are right around the corner so potential buyers should really think about waiting a few more months for something with far superior performance.

  • http://Website Starr

    Let’s be honest, what’s the most important thing about a phone? The batt life, call clearity, and reliability. I prefer. A phone with a keyboard but its not needed like majority of the things pple are complaining about. The front facing camera is a nice little gimic don’t get me Wrong but I don’t see how not having it is a deal breaker, its just not NEEDED. The specs are what matter and the specs for this phone look pretty good. I also don’t see why pple are making such a Big deal about the duel core. Duel core is a nice improvement but honestly what are you doing on your phone that you need all that? Point is this phone will be a good phone and a great phone for existing G1 users.

    • http://Website Tony Bullard

      Call quality isn’t that important to me. I use my phone as a phone maybe 4 times a day. I use it as an everything else it can do 20 or 30 times a day.

      • Snafu77

        I think the iPhone really backs up your statement as well.

  • http://Website nicktothemax

    is the dual core really that much better than this 800mhz snapdragon processor?? I have the G1 now and really want to upgrade, but i dont want to do it to soon and then see the next best thing come out, but i do love stock android and thats rare to find

    • http://Website sivart

      there will always be “the next best thing” you get the G2 then the mytouch HD comes out, then a new phone after that . . . .

      • http://Website Gee

        Exactly. If you wait for the Emerald, there will be some kind of new spy shot or rumor about something even better. You’ll ALWAYS be waiting if you think like that.

        • http://Website kendall

          Nah generally there IS a gap between leaps.. you get 10-15% boosts every 3 months or so, and its not bother crying about missing out on those boosts if you prefer e.g. the design– then 30-50% once a year.

          That time is almost here. Nexus 1 launched a year ago and we’ve had 1ghz snapdragon plus adreno 200 for all that time with marginal performance increases with Hummingbird etc.

          These Tegra2′s and Orion handset will be the ones to get for a while at least tilll q3 2011

          • http://Website bacon

            agreed, but his phone still is very tempting for:

            A. Tmobile customers who have been waiting a long time for a high end phone. (The nexus doesnt really count because it is google not really tmo, and the vibrant is ok but many dont want a samsung w/ touchwiz and the lack of an led flash and a spotty gps are worrisome.)

            B. Fans of Stock Andriod.

            C. QWERTY fans

            I have a nexus and dont really care if i have a keyboard or not but this is still tempting to me because who knows when the next stock android phone will be released, if ever :[

            I’ll probably wait to upgrade when dual cores come out since ive only had my nexus since feb. I still like this phone though, very sexy just like the nexy.

  • http://Website Steffen

    Any news on what touch sensor HTC is now using? I’m waiting to upgrade my N1 until they use good sensors with accurate tracking of more than two touch points. As everyone already knows HTC’s sensors in previous phones leave something to be desired.

    • SliestDragon

      I may be wrong, but I thought the Evo had a new touch sensor. All HTC phones Evo and newer should have a better touch screen.

    • http://Website CTown

      Check out the video of the Droid Incredible:

      • http://Website CTown

        Sorry, I didn’t finish my post. The idea is they both AMOLED screens and will most likely have the same Amtel sensors.

  • kalimerobleu

    Je l’achete des qu’il est disponible !

  • SliestDragon

    Super TFT? I wonder how that will compare to a AMOLED or Super AMOLED.

  • Uncemister

    Finally a nexus with a physical keyboard

  • http://Website Hkirtz

    So I was wondering if it was just me who sees the G2 as a waste of time. It is a phone running a stock android experience, this means that in theory updates would come to this phone ASAP. But with the new standard Google is putting out the processor alone stops this phone almost dead in its tracks. I want to personally have the newest android and when i found out about the requirements i made sure to pick a phone accordingly. I know that you can hack and everything, but i want the upgrade as a viable option. Also note that the Nexus One is able to be upgraded, and has been proven to work a lot better with the updates of Android. So what do you think is this a problem or is it just me?

  • http://Website nosensse

    A Nexus one with fisical keyboard and downgraded processor…

    Good option as substitute for the MyTouch… but the marquet is in line with the kinds of HTC Evo´s, Droid X´s, Galaxy S´s, etc…

    Anyway nothing keeps me interested in changing my Nexus…whoelse is gonna taste Gingerbread first…? ; )