T-Mobile has just announced plans to offer the T-Mobile G2, a follow-up to its initial smartphone running Google’s Android OS.
This is a pre-announcement, and the specifications of this model have not yet been revealed. At this point, all the carrier is saying is that this model will have HSPA+, a cellular-wireless networking standard fast enough to rival or surpass current 4G networks.
A statement from T-Mobile released this morning says:
“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 g2.t-mobile.com to register for updates.”
This will supposedly will be a slider, with landscape-oriented keyboard that can be hidden behind its 3.7-inch, WVGA touchscreen. An optical touchpad is going to be set next to the screen.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Vision is going to run Google’s Android OS 2.1 operating system on a 1 GHz processor.
Many details remain a mystery. It’s not clear yet if this device will have an AMOLED display or if it will run HTC Sense, this company’s user interface that enhances Google’s standard one. Most of HTC’s other models with screens this size have had both these features.
All the other specifications are equally unknown, like storage capacity, camera resolution, etc.
More about HSPA+
T-Mobile USA has been upgrading its 3G network with HSPA+, significantly increasing its data transfer speeds.
In real-word testing, this HSPA+ network offers an average download speed of nearly 3 Mbps and an upload speed of almost 1.3 Mbps. That makes it faster than Sprint’s WiMAX network, which is advertised as being 4G.
T-Mobile is now offering HSPA+ to 85 million Americans in close to 50 metropolitan areas. It is on track to deliver HSPA+ in 100 major metropolitan areas, covering 185 million people in the U.S., by the end of this year.
T-Mobile’s current smartphones get some benefit from this faster network, but not the full data transfer speeds.