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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders 132

Posted by timothy
from the but-who-wants-hspa dept.
cgriffin21 writes "T-Mobile Thursday finally confirmed what it's been hinting at for a while: The HTC G2, T-Mobile's HSPA+ successor to the HTC G1, is on the way. It'll be an Android 2.2 phone and run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ data network, which while not a 4G network offers what T-Mobile is calling 4G-like speeds up to 21 Mbps. T-Mobile hasn't confirmed pricing or exact availability but said it would open the G2 to presales for existing customers at the end of September."
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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders

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  • Re:IDK (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:18PM (#33525228)

    Or you can wait 6 months at get one with 2x1GHz on a smaller process. You have to give up on waiting and get something eventually.

  • Re:IDK (Score:2, Insightful)

    by owlstead (636356) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:21PM (#33525266)

    A smaller process? Unless there are inherent advantages (price, power usage), I don't see how that would influence a buying decision. It's nice for HTC and possibly the manufacturer, but that does not concern me.

  • Re:IDK (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:28PM (#33525384)

    A smaller process is inherently cheaper and uses less power for the same number of transistors.

  • Re:medicore (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jonescb (1888008) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:44PM (#33525618)
    I don't know what this fascination with GPUs in phones is about. Android doesn't even have a large 3d games selection, and by the time it does the current selection of phones are going to be ancient. I'd be more concerned with CPU and IO speed as well as general responsiveness. As long as it can draw 2d images and primitive 3d animation on the screen, I'm more than happy. The people ranting and raving about graphics capabilities in phones come off as being those overclocking "hackers" who wet their pants over an increase of 1fps.
  • Re:IDK (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lowrydr310 (830514) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:47PM (#33525676)
    Someone commented recently on a different /. article about how the processors aren't necessarily the battery hogs; the displays are the culprits. Judging by the battery usage on my Android handset, I'd agree with that.
  • 21Mbps? Who cares! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 09, 2010 @02:48PM (#33525696)

    These speeds don't make much sense in presence of 3-5GB/month caps on contracts.

    The longer we accept the bullshit that capped (err, UNLIMITED*) internet access is, the more we let the telcos hold us in contempt.

    I was trying to get a SIM-only contract in the UK to hook up as a backup link to my home router. When I heard that the caps are in the region of 3GB/month and every additional kB (that's 1024 characters!!!) is charged at about 3p I had to ask the sales droid to repeat the figures to me before I left the store.

    That and the completely imaginary numbers charged for roamed data access are worth a revolution alone.

  • Re:Marketability? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by slyrat (1143997) on Thursday September 09, 2010 @03:47PM (#33526558)

    Notable for the HTC G2 is that it has a modified hinge that opens up to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard . The phone also includes Swype text entry software for its touch screen, an 800MHz Snapdragon processor, support for a 32-GB microSD card, and Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth capability. It also has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, and can shoot video in 720p HD resolution.

    So...the features are all less than what the newest smartphones are already capable of. I believe the newest line (EVO, Galaxy, Droid, iPhone 4) all have at least 1Ghz processors and some have much better than 5 Megapixel cameras.

    The keyboard is what it is all about. There are certain individuals (like myself) who only like smart phones when they have a physical keyboard. There really aren't many options in this arena and this certainly is better than the rest when you only compare android phones with keyboards.

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