T-Mobile HTC G2

T-Mobile has finally pulled the curtain out from over the HTC G2, the follow-up to the smartphone that marked the launch of Android. The G2 also is TMo's first HSPA+ smartphone (it's debatedly called a "4G" phone).

Spec-wise, we're looking at a 3.7-inch touchscreen a full QWERTY keyboard. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7230 "Snapdragon" processor at 800MHz. There's a 5-megapixel camera with full 720p video recording, the obvious four-row keyboard with a trio of customizable keys.

The G2 will launch with Android 2.2 and have seven customizable home screens, including one dedicated to apps. Preloaded software includes the new Google Search Voice Actions, the new Google Voice app (that we've already seen from the leaked G2 ROM), Swype, Google Earth, Google Voice, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Talk and Adobe FlashPlayer. To store all those apps, the G2 comes with 4GB of internal memory and an 8GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB).

T-Mobile has yet to announce pricing (we've heard $199) and availability (Sept. 29 has been rumored), though pre-orders will begin "later this month." You can sign up at http://g2.t-mobile.com for updates. Check out the full press release after the break, and be sure to swing by our T-Mobile G2 fourms.

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® G2™ with Google™, 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 Android™-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 Market™, which currently offers more than 80,000 applications.

The T-Mobile G2 delivers a powerful mobile data experience that is tightly integrated with Google Voice™, as well as packed with Google applications such as Voice Actions™ from Google, Google Goggles™ and more. It is one of the first smartphones in the industry to offer the new Voice Actions feature of Google Search™, 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 Voice™, 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, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Places and Navigation, YouTube™, Google Talk™ and Google Earth™, among others.

Adding fuel to the G2’s speed is its Snapdragon™ 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
  • Adobe FlashPlayer enabled Web browsing experience
  • Pinch and zoom functionality for Web browsing and photo gallery
  • 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


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 http://g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates.


Reader comments

T-Mobile officially (and finally) unveils G2


And this is why I read this site and try to stay active on the forums... you guys rock. :)

That being said... this phone is the first one that's come out that really tempts me from my Droid.. and I sell Verizon. Please let something like this come to Big Red.. or I might have to buy one and keep it in a safe away from the cameras. :P

looks decent but the mytouch hd will be better especially if it also runs stock android. stock android ftw!

i think im gonna pay full price for this and just keep switching between this and my vibrant to my hearts content

It's times like this that I really miss having a GSM carrier as my phone carrier.

Seriously.. that data/voice crap be damned... being able to swap phones on the fly is awesome.

Because clock speed isn't everything. From what people are saying about this processor it's fast as hell.

Heck, my OG Droid, running at 550 (except when I overclock it) can keep up with my buddies DInc, and has no problem keeping up (or passing it) once I push it to 800mhz.

Don't freak out about the clock speed yet. All it could mean is a better battery life.

This looks really lame... No one will ditch the Vibrant just for stock Android... by the time this device comes out, Vibrants will already be updated to 2.2

really? How can you say that. The vibrant does not have a physical keyboard, the G2 does. That is a major selling point. Also, the G2 can take full advantage of T-Mobile's HSPA+ networking, giving you speeds up to 14 mbps, where the vibrant can only go to around 7 mbps. The camera in the G2 includes an LED flash. 3 major differences that I can see causing people to have a hard decision. I'm not saying the vibrant is bad, but how can you say NO ONE will leave it for the G2?

It doesn't need 1GHZ. Its running Vanilla Froyo, nothing on top of it to bog the system down. Most of the time you will be using a keyboard, not requiring as my CPU power. If I didn't hate T-Mobile and loved my EVO I would be all over this phone.

I agree, except instead of hating T-Mobile, it's more like "If T-Mobile had half an ounce of coverage here". G2 looks like a great phone for those who live in good T-Mo areas.

Looks great but no UMA = Paperweight in my house and at several other places I visit. Phones that can't make phone calls don't tempt me much, what happened to the "T-Mo working on UMA for Android" rumors that were floating around back in June?

T-Mobile has said that Android 2.2 will have UMALite on it (from what I have heard all 12.2 phones will have the option). What I understand UMALite does not seamlessly hand off between towers and hotspots, it will need to be activated when around a wi-fi only area. While this is a little more work I agree with no UMA no T-mobile, it is almost a necessity!

Solid point and i 2nd it. I will go back to tmo when android gets uma. I live in edge country as far as tmo goes and ima on my bb was sweet. When i went android i had to go to verizon, now we all know that seems to be a mistake in the coming future.

I totally agree, I have had my Desire since it came out back in April and been playing with some stock roms on my old G1 and can't wait to get back to sense :)

It kinda makes me wonder what we'll get with Gingerbread. Supposedly they were going to do away with skinning the UI with 3.0, but since all of the carriers/manufacturers have been running headlong that direction I have to wonder how well that will work.

Will the carriers/manufacturers have to resort to kludgier ways of skinning the UI, or will they just tend to stick with Froyo instead? Will I ever see a Gingerbread updated to my Droid 2?

Htc has already said that they intend to integrate sense into gingerbread phones. Maybe sense 3.0. Something to compliment gingerbread. It does look however that vanilla phones are not out of the question. Love choice. Nice phone T-mobile and htc.

I have a sneaking suspicion that we're not going to see this one over in the UK :(
And that next weeks HTC event here in London is just going to be unveiling our 4.3" device.
I would love to have either this or probably the 4" slide out with red keyboard shown the other day.
Here's to hope :)

EXACTLY. They could have done better than a 5 MegaPixel Camera. I will wait until quarter 1 with My Nexus and see what else is out there. Should have more options

"Did better", eh?

Or maybe they're more concerned with selling phones and making it appealing to the masses who don't care about having a 1Ghz processor and playing 3D games on their phone. Or the fact that an 8MP is really a moot point and hardly any better than a 5MP camera.

These specs will keep the phone cheap enough so that everyone who wants one can have one but isn't just wet dreams for techies.

I'm really excited about this phone. However, if it doesn't have WiFi I won't be getting one.

Looks like a very well put together package. The only thing this device has over my Nexus One is the 4GB internal memory which has had been no problem to me since I am rooted and can put ALL apps on the SD card. It also has the keyboard that really doesn't make a big difference to me since I use vlingo and rarely use my keyboard at all. (vlingo is much better then google and i'm a huge fan of google) After saying all this I still have to get me one of these bad boys. htc + google = WINNER

So...no UMA = FailSAUCE! i bet t-mo isnt gonna give a pre-order discount to those who have been struggling with the G1. its almost like they dont care! i wonder if i get my phone replaced enough times in a short period will they give me a mytouch 3G slide or something im tired of getting fucked up G1 refurbs (i swear these shits work for a week and something goes wrong)....will they even replace my G1 since they discontinued it? its a nice phone but i will wait to see what november has to offer and find out what this Project Emerald and HTC Glacier is all about. My contract is up in FEB...if t-mo doesnt get their act together by then...its hello EVO FTW....that is all

Is it Snapdragon, or Scorpion processor???

You say Snapdragon here and the last thing from T-Mobile was a Scorpion processor... WHICH IS IT???

If I had T-Mobile I'd get this phone. Stock Android, potential HSPA+ speeds, only one radio with simultaneous voice and data over GSM, also T-Mobile's truly got unlimited data as well. Only drawback is no front facing camera.

Ive been lusting after for a replacement to my HTC Hero after my G1 got stolen and now I find out that this phone may be exclusive to the US? Is there any chance that us over the sea are going to be getting a version?
Or is that what may potentially be announced at the HTC Event in London?

I was really looking forward to replacing my G1 with this phone until I saw the 4 row keyboard. I ended up buying a used Nexus One on Craigslist. If I'm going to use a badly designed keyboard it might as well save me some thickness and weight. The upshot - I love the Nexus! T-Mobile, you'll have to wait for the next generation of phones before I renew my contract. Maybe longer.

I think I will probably get this phone, but does anyone know if the G2 uses Gorilla Glass?

I've had the G1 since it first came out, and I've been very happy with it. The Samsung Vibrant is a sexy temptress, but I've heard she feels cheap to the touch and drinks a lot.