Two years ago I was so excited about the launch of the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1, that I took a one day trip to New York to cover the launch event and then follow up with my most detailed review ever. A couple of weeks ago T-Mobile officially announced the G2, but revealed only a few select details and no photos of the upcoming device. Tonight, they rolled out all of the specification details and announced that the G2 will be available for pre-order for current T-Mobile customers later in September. This is the same way T-Mobile sold the G1, first to current T-Mobile customers, and then to everyone else. We still have no pricing information, most likely will be the now standard $199.99 smartphone price, and there is not yet any specific availability date.
The T-Mobile G2 will be the first HSPA+ device launched in the US and this offers a theoretical download speed of 14.4 Mbps. HTC makes the device, but it looks to have an updated Google interface and not one with the Sense UI. The updated interface has 7 home screen panels, integrated Google Voice with a Google Voice widget, and integrated Voice Actions in Google Search. Other pre-loaded applications include Google Maps with Places and Navigation, Google Talk, and Google Earth.
Specifications of the T-Mobile G2 include:
Qualcomm MSM7230 Snapdragon processor running at 800 MHz
Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system
3.7 inch capacitive touch display
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Integrated 4GB internal memory with pre-installed 8GB microSD card
5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capability
Swype text input keyboard
These are the specs many have been talking about for the last week or so and I have read many people questioning the use of an 800 MHz processor when there are 1 GHz models in current devices. We cannot judge this processor performance yet though since it is a new generation and may offer similar or faster speeds with better battery life so let's just wait and see how it performs when it is released.
I already have an HTC EVO 4G on Sprint that I am very happy with so I don't plan to pick up the G2 as I save up my T-Mobile upgrade eligibility for a Windows Phone 7 device that should be coming in the next couple of months.