updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010
T-Mobile G2 may be final name of 21Mbps phone
After a series of possible rebadgings, T-Mobile's version of the HTC Vision was purportedly confirmed as getting the much simpler G2 name and a more important role. The sources for AndroidAndMe claimed late Thursday that it would not only be the first HSPA+ phone but a full "Google experience" phone like the G1. As a result, it would run a stock version of Android 2.2 and could expect updates much faster than usual HTC phones.
The G2 may not necessarily be as fast as previously thought. HTC is believed to be using a Qualcomm MSM7230, or a budget counterpart to the full-power Snapdragon. A prototype in the field is running an 800MHz chip versus the 1GHz of the Snapdragon QSD8050 series and would be slower as a result, though it may be clocked up to 1GHz to eliminate most of the performance gap.
Hints through T-Mobile's own teasers could see the G2 arrive on or near September 9, but it may not be the only phone to arrive the same day. A touchscreen-only phone, the myTouch HD, could ship at the same time. Its different name would imply that T-Mobile wants to have a new phone with its custom interface available at the same time. [image via Engadget]