Mar 05 AT 12:37 PM Taylor Wimberly 57 Comments

LG Optimus 2X coming stateside later this month as the T-Mobile G2x

We have known since late last year that the LG Optimus 2X was launching in the US, but TmoNews has finally delivered the proof we were all waiting for. The unofficial T-Mobile blog just posted an internal document they received which reveals the device will be branded as the G2x with Google by LG.

Our sources have said the T-Mobile G2x is nearly ready to go and it will be announced later this month at CTIA in Orlando. The device will ship with Android 2.2, but we hear an update to Android 2.3 is already in testing and will be available “within weeks” of the big launch.

We have also learned that the T-Mobile G2x will be a 4G device, but we have yet to find out which speeds it will support (14.4 or 21 Mbps).

It is interesting to see T-Mobile use the “G” branding on the Optimus 2X since they have normally reserved it for HTC phones with physical keyboards. However, T-Mobile is branding the LG Optimus Pad as the G-Slate, so I guess they want to stick with the G’s.

The G2x is also being labeled “With Google”, but we have been unable to confirm which skin will come loaded on the device. T-Mobile’s previous offerings in the series (G1 and G2) had stock Android, but it is likely the G2x will come with LG’s custom user interface.

Overall this looks like another excellent Android phone to add to T-Mobile’s growing smartphone lineup. Our recent round of benchmarks show the G2x will offer industry leading performance and LG expects to upgrade all their Optimus phones so you can be sure it will be getting Gingerbread (Android 2.3).

If you are on T-Mobile and looking to move up to a dual-core phone, keep your eyes on the LG G2x.

The T-Mobile G2x is coming soon.

Source: TmoNews

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  • Galen20K

    Excellent Phone, still getting htc Pyramid but definitely a nice addition to T-Mobile’s 4G lineup. : )

  • http://Website jorge

    Any news on the pyramid? And is it coming to T-Mobile?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Pyramid is in testing and I know people in the US who have the phone. I expect it will be revealed at CTIA, but don’t expect it to launch until the summer.

      • http://Website AM123

        It’s comments like that that make me love this site!

      • http://Website Manny

        did they say what it look like…?

        • http://Website Cyberdan3

          Yeah, if you know these people testing it, why don’t you “leak” some information or a picture to us? That’s the phone everyone is waiting for…….


      • http://Website Ramayana

        On the subject of upcoming phones, any news on whether the Samsung Galaxy S2 will make it to T-Mobile (perhaps via carrier specific versions)? I’m really interested in seeing how the Super AMOLED Plus screens compare with qHD size screens à la Atrix 4G/Pyramid.

        • http://Website Spooneeus

          I have the Atrix now and my previous phone was the Captivate. Both have the pentile overlays which give the screens a fly screen affect but is less noticeable on the Atrix sure to the higher pixel density. But despite the higher pixel density, I prefer the amoled on the Captivate better due to the darker blacks, richer color and most importantly (fort me at least) the fast response. The Atrix display has a much lower response time and is very evident when you scroll text or when gaming. The Atrix display isn’t bad per say, just average with a higher than average pixel density.

          • http://Website Ramayana

            Thank you!

            The Super AMOLED Plus screens are supposed to be much improved over their SAMOLED predecessors due to the sub-pixel arrangement. Supposedly, this makes details show better and eliminates (or reduces) graininess while lowering power consumption. I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

  • http://Website Nexus S

    Finally a great phone (besides the G2) comes to T-Mobile! But only the next Nexus phone will make me give up my Nexus S though.

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Man, the myTouch 4G gets no love. It’s just as good as either of the phones mentioned in your comment, if not better in some respects. When’s it gonna get the proper recognition as T-Mobile’s best phone (for now)?

      • http://Website Kold

        Never. Its cheap looking plastic exterior doesn’t help. Also the added UI is terrible. What’s it called? Espresso or something?

        • http://Website Virtue

          I was just about to say that. Thanks for saving me the extra keystrokes.

      • Galen20K

        The myTouch 4G is one of the most Solidly built phones made with Excellent materials like Soft touch material, Metal, and ceramic plastic. One of the absolute BEST cell phones currently on the market.

        • Juan_Figs

          I used to think the MT4G looked cheap and plastic too until my brother bought one. After trying it out first hand I have to agree that it is a very solid phone. It doesn’t feel cheap at all and the metal accents are a fantastic touch, I would say that it is on par with my G2 as far as build quality and it doesn’t have the loose hinge problem. Yes, Espresso is a let down but that’s what rooting is for.

  • agentdiscount

    I think this will be the phone I’ve waited 5 months for. Since I have to stay with T-Mobile, I don’t want to wait until May for HTC Pyramid and I think LG is a good brand, trying to make a push into the market. I like what I’ve heard about LG in regards to their support to upgrade to latest version of Android as well. Hardware-wise, there is little to complain about. Sure, resolution not as good as Atrix and screen not as big as Pyramind, but it’s got a nice, future-proof dual core that will keep me current for a nice, long while (think Nexus One).

    • http://Website B

      Though I agree w/a lot of your post, one thing to keep in mind is that LG has only said they will upgrade one level (think 2.2 to 2.3); after that, all bets are off. They may upgrade past that, or they may choose to go the route of some of the other manufacturers and release newer OS versions on newer hardware and delay upgrading current devices. It’s about profit only (I’m not saying that’s all bad), not making sure early adopters are happy.
      Since this will be releasing w/2.2 (arguably can be considered as “outdated” since 2.3 IS technically out on 1 device), and the report is saying they’re already working on 2.3, I wouldn’t (yet) expect too much past that.

      • http://Website JaylanPHNX

        I highly suspect that the “at least one level” claim was to cover them for the Optimus One (T) line, in case it’s incapable of running future versions. The G2x has every possibility (and probability) of getting the next two versions. And LG has every motivation to do so, as timely updates would help propel them forward in a market they’ve been largely late to the party with. I mean, wouldn’t you be more apt to buy an LG phone if they give this one Gingerbread less than a month after lauch, the Honeycomb (or Ice cream or whatever the next phone iteration) a month after it’s released? Updates are one of the biggest complaints against specific manufacturers and a good reputation for timely ones could help any company’s market share (and bottom line).

      • http://Website DaveC

        Gingerbread is out on TWO devices and I own both of them (Nexus One & Nexus S).

  • http://Website Richard

    Great device for tmobile everyone there should be pleased this device is pretty impressive. I am waiting for the Htc Evo 2 or Evo 3D whatever they will call it on my favorite network Sprint which will be added to the great Evo family. Lg optimus G2x is a great addition to the android family i openly welcome it. Tmobile can also expect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S2 later this summer I’m not to sure about the pyramid thou I suspect that the pyramid is only a code name that later will actually become the Htc Evo 2 or Evo 3D which might become another name for tmobile. Either i am happy for my tmobile friends..

    • http://Website Hans

      Evo 3D? Any ideas why that name would be considered?

  • http://Website Richard

    @Hans…. Evo 3D is a rumor I heard from someone working at sprint not clear as to if it is true or not but very interesting i must say. Either way CTIA this year is going to be big i suspect

  • http://Website trev186

    I am still holding out for the Samsung Galaxy S2… Double the ram and up to 64 GB of storage space It leaves this phone in the dust

  • http://Website Mark

    Why did they taint the name of the G-series with this crap that has skins slapped onto the stock. Ugh. Leave the G-series as stock. Please.

    • http://Website CTown

      The fifth paragraph says the phone might be stock Android! So, hopefully it will because dual-core and stock sound like a wonderful combination.

    • Galen20K

      well look at it this wayy, the European version of the G2(Desire z) had Sense UI while the G2 here in the States got stock android. I’m betting that even tho the European models of the Optimus X2 have a custom UI, the T-Mobile version may very well turn out to be Stock Android as was the G2. Especially if they’re going with the “G” series name.

  • Noice

    Noice at T’mobil, his wallet wide.

    Was beginning to think they’d never announce it. Now back to waiting to actually buy it.

  • http://Website Jay

    T mobile needs to strength up its network more to keep up with the other 3 carriers . Great phones just isn’t enough. What’s the use of having a jem of a phone when you can barely have good reception and the data is slow and spooty.

    • http://Website Nexus Eddie

      I know what you mean, t mobile service has really gone downhill in my area. My work place has become a dead spot I can’t even place or call anymore. Me and my coworkers have been calling tmobile for the past week and they still haven’t restored service. Been without service for almost 2 weeks and I’m planning to switch carriers but I just bought a Nexus S so im screwed.

      • Noice

        It’s certainly very variable by location. Signal (both availability and strength) has improved consistently in my area for years. I spend most of my online by phone time frustrated that my phone can only use 3g speeds and not the HSPA+ signal I get nearly everywhere I go.

    • http://Website Anonymous

      In my 2G/Edge coverage area, I often compare my myTouch4G to cruising the rough neighborhoods in a luxury car. Having a phone with bells & whistles doesn’t do us much good if we can’t even get good coverage. T-Mobile should at least expand their coverage to 3G Nationwide before expanding 4G in areas where only a few hundred live.

      As for the LG Optimus G2X, the hardware seems solid, and it is an awesome addition to T-Mobile’s lineup of phones. But, I cannot buy this or any other T-Mobile phone until they improve their network speeds in the city where I live. Everyone else has at least 3G here.

      I like T-Mobile, and am still with them, just want their coverage to improve here b4 I go about buying this sweet gem or the Pyramid.

      • http://Website watbetch

        You must not get it.

        3G is 4G. HSPA+ still utilizes HSPA… wherever there is 3G they can do 4G.

    • Galen20K

      My reception and data speeds for T-Mobile are Phenomenal, I’ve had them for 10 years and have NEVER had bad service so really sucks for you but near me the experience is AMAZING. Just because its not good by you, doesn’t mean its bad for everybody. CHeers!

  • http://Website Richard

    @Jay… Very important point guess you can also reverse that statement as well. For a long time tmobile had no good device now there selection including the Nexus S makes them a legitimate carrier. Tmobile is the #4 carrier in the US I’ll take what they have over Verizon and At&t if I was not an htc Evo owner on sprint..

  • MorphiusFaydal

    I will be upgrading my Vibrant 3G to this, assuming it either comes with AOSP or is easy enough to mod to put AOSP (CyanogenMod or other) on it.

  • http://Website Virtue

    Ohh please please please let this be stock Android. It would certainly help remedy the laggy UI that Engadget has mentioned.

    • http://Website James!

      Read more reviews.

      • http://Website Virtue

        It’s clearly shown in the video when the guy swipes through the home screens. It even crashed applications a couple times. If that’s not a laggy and buggy UI, I don’t know what is. Although I will give it the benefit of the doubt and hope they fixed some of those issues over the time between the Asian and US launches.

  • http://Website revs

    wow can anyone match tmobiles line up they have 2 or 3 of the most powerful phones in the world five 4gs
    and like 5 1ghz phones

  • http://Website Richard

    This is pretty TROUBLING hope this doesn’t mean trouble for the Lg optimus G2x.. What you think of this Taylor??? Look at this video….

  • http://Website Richard

    Not sure if my link worked or not. Anyway there is a video made by Engadgetvideohub on YouTube dated February 9th 2011 that everyone should look at very closely concerning the Lg optimus 2x the video has over 2600 veiws

  • Brian Campbell

    I’m just glad that its finally come :D

  • http://Website Richard

    After hours of watching videos i will definitely say all is well with the Lg optimus 2x Aka G2X.. Very promising.

  • http://Website 2C

    Man if this had stock Android I’d buy it straight out in a heart beat.

  • http://Website Kold

    All these people worried about stock android? It’s called XDA.

    • Noice

      As a developer, and as a long-time rooted android user – your comment is dare I say ‘simple’. No user should HAVE to root their phone and void all support and warranty to simply use android w/o carrier/manufacturer bloat.

      Please by all means root, support XDA, and be ‘simple’- but what you say is a solution to a problem, is not a solution to a problem; simply an awesome if not flawed in most ways workaround.


    finally a dual core announced for Tmo

  • Uncemister

    Mytouch 4G works for me kthxbye

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Look at the rumors behind Sprint.

    I hope the Nexus S 4G comes with dual core and Super Amoled Plus.

    • http://Website Rizo

      Keep wishing… The Nexus S is the Nexus S and nothing more. You may get 4G but that’s it.

  • http://Website archboy69

    All I want to know is does the 2.3 update count as the ‘one’ update LG promised for all its phone. I certainly hope not. I’m going to hold out too see what LG’s track record going to be like for phone updates

    . I’m perfectly happy with my gingerbread Nexus One.

  • http://Website rev2redlineguy

    Looks like a cool phone but I think I am going to wait till this summer and see if this HTC Pyramid shows up or not for T-Mobile. Besides, I’m very happy with my G2 right now and plan on keeping it for some time now. I also have a feeling that the G2 will be getting Gingerbread pretty soon so I’m pretty confident and content with my G2. Besides, here in Houston I’m getting on the average between 6.4 to 7.6 MB download and around 1.6 to 1.8 MB upload speeds here. I’d have to say not bad at all for my little phone.

  • http://Website Rek Aviles

    At first glance, I thought you guys put up a pic of the Galaxy 4G.

    It annoys me that the UI look sso much alike, but with that said, this will be my next phone!
    Can’t wait.

  • OnIn2

    This looks to be the replacement to my aging G1. Not sure if I can wait for Pyramid. It’ll be strange to not have a physical keyboard but I’ll enjoy the smaller form factor.

  • http://Website Freddy

    I honestly think that this phone is going to be big as the phone is most likely going to have stock Android. If you look at the picture carefully, the logo at the bottom of the phone is EXACTLY like the one on the G2, with the same color and everything. T-Mobile wouldnt be stupid to mess up the G-Series without stock. If they put the same symbol on the phone and “with Google” it will come with stock. They will bring a lot of customers with this phone :) GO T-Mobile!!!!!!! But personally, i’ll still wait for the Pyramid <3