T-Mobile's HSPA+ Handset Is The T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile's HSPA+ Handset Is The T-Mobile G2

Remember when T-Mobile launched the teaser website for their first HSPA+ handset back in late July? Today, T-Mobile updated the website, revealing that the handset will be the G2, as previously thought. The handset's appearance, launch date, and hardware specs are still unconfirmed, but that doesn't stop people from making educated guesses.

As for a possible launch window, Android Central notes that the Vanguard, which is likely the code-name of the handset, was shown in this roadmap with a September launch.

Spec-wise, AndroidandMe writes of their belief that the handset will sport regular Android 2.2 and possibly a 1GHz processor:

For starters, the full name of the product is the T-Mobile G2 with Google, which leads us to believe the G2 really is a Google-experience device that will feature the stock version of Android 2.2. T-Mobile had been using the Espresso Sense UI on their HTC handsets, but the G2 will maintain the tradition of regular vanilla FroYo Android.

We also still believe that inside the G2 you will find a Qualcomm MSM7230, which is sort of like a budget Snapdragon targeted at the mainstream audience. The MSM7230 has the same Scorpion CPU as previously commercialized in the Snapdragon QSD8x50 chipset found in other HTC phones and it has a clock speed of 800 MHz to 1 GHz. The G2 prototype was said to currently be running at 800 MHz, but I suspect it will be bumped to 1 GHz by launch.

Below is the official text from the T-Mobile website:

T-Mobile is proud to have launched the world’s first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1, which captured the imagination of developers and consumers alike nearly two years ago. Now, we are readying its successor – the T-Mobile G2 with Google. Delivering tight integration with Google services, the G2 will break new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for our advanced HSPA+ network, which delivers today’s available 4G speeds. In the coming weeks we’ll share more details about the G2, including information on how current T-Mobile customers can get exclusive first access. Visit http://g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates.

AndroidandMe seems to be dead-set on what the handset will be, and the specs that it will have:

Even though T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network supports speeds up to 21 Mbps, this device has a theoretical peak capability of 14.4 Mbps. Future handsets should eventually support 21 Mbps, but we believe the first couple of launches will be set at 14.4 Mbps (which is still faster than any competing Android phone).

Head over to this thread to see a picture of what the phone will likely look like.

The name G2 has already been in use in Europe, as the HTC Hero/G2 Touch, so it remains to be seen how the device will be named in Europe, assuming it launches there.

Other Sources: AndroidandMe, Android Central, AndroidGuys,

Image from AndroidandMe

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