T-Mobile Announces new dual core Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G2X
T-Mobile may have agreed to be acquired by AT&T, but they still have plenty of Android love to share while the merger is worked out. In fact they have some to share with us right now. Here is their latest self-branded Android smartphone, officially making its debut, the T-Mobile G2x.
T-Mobile G2X has Specs to Spare
The G2x is made by LG, and it's a rebranded LG Optimus 2X. Yes, that means it's a dual core phone sporting an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, which means a pair of 1 GHz CPUs keep this device moving. In addition the G2X has a four inch touchscreen, 8 GB of ROM, and dual cameras to go with the dual cores. The rear camera is 8 megapixels with an LED flash, while the front-facing camera is a respectable 1.3 megapixels.
T-Mobile G2X has Stock Android, no LG UI
Best of all, this powerhouse has stock Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). Yes, stock. No LG UI, which was on the Optimus 2X, to get it your way. This fits with T-Mobile's other G-branded devices, all of which run stock, and all the others were manufactured by HTC.
And that includes the T-Mobile G2, so it's a little surprising that T-Mobile would name the LG dual core smartphone after HTC's device. We already had some advance notice that the G2X was going to be announced at CTIA, but who knew it was going to be an LG device?
Getting back to Froyo, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) is being tested and will supposedly be released for the G2X soon after launch.
Bloatware or Merely Extraware?
There are some pre-loaded apps, and we don't know whether these are unremovable bloatware or if you can easily delete them if they're not of interest to you. Included are Need for Speed SHIFT HD, DTS Ultra Mobile, T-Mobile TV, Zinio eReader, and T-Mobile Chat (powered by Qik). In addition, there is a demo of Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance (N.O.V.A.), a sci-fi game.
Want one? Various rumors and suggestions indicate that both the T-Mobile G2X and another dual core LG offering, the T-Mobile G-Slate, will be available on April 2oth. T-Mobile is far more coy, their announcement merely promises we'll see it in "Spring."
Here's their full press quote:
Industry-Leading 4G Smartphone Lineup
Adding to T-Mobile's industry-leading lineup of 4G smartphones, including the new Galaxy STM 4G and upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM, T-Mobile today introduced the T-Mobile G2x with Google. The latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile's innovative G-series devices, the G2x is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, brilliant 4-inch capacitive touch screen display and preloaded video games, such as Need For Speed SHIFT HD. Manufactured by LG Mobile Phones, the G2x is powered by AndroidTM 2.2 and comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus and a front- facing camera paired with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by QikTM for staying in touch with family and friends.
Full Press Release follows:
T-Mobile and LG Mobile Phones Introduce T-Mobile G2x with Google, a Powerful Gaming and Entertainment 4G Smartphone
T-Mobile's first smartphone to feature a dual-core processor, the G2x is the latest smartphone to join T-Mobile's G-series lineup on America's Largest 4G Network
BELLEVUE, Wash. and SAN DIEGO â€” March 22, 2011 â€” T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones (LG) today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® G2xâ„¢ with Googleâ„¢ by LG. The latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile's exclusive line of G-series devices, the G2x is made for speed and mobile entertainment, with built-in support for 4G speeds on America's Largest 4G Networkâ„¢, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor with dual-core CPU, brilliant 4-inch capacitive touch screen display and preloaded content, such as Need For Speedâ„¢ SHIFT HD.
â€•More consumers than ever are turning to their smartphones to stay entertained wherever they are with access to their favorite video games, TV programs and more,â€– said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. â€•By combining the latest innovative hardware and preloaded content with our 4G network and the power of the dual-core processor, the G2x offers the mobile gaming and entertainment experience our customers crave.â€–
â€•The move into dual-core technology is the next big leap forward in mobile technology creating a new superphone segment,â€– said Tim O'Brien, vice president of marketing, LG Mobile Phones. â€•These super-powered processors will allow both developers and users to utilize the unmatched speed and power in multitasking, multimedia and functionality never before realized in a mobile handset.â€–
The G2x will keep customers entertained with access to preloaded games and applications, including the following:
- Need for Speedâ„¢ SHIFT HD, developed by Electronic Arts (EA), is an award-winning, authentic racing game that combines the true driver's experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks.
- DTS Ultra Mobileâ„¢, which includes two innovative audio technologies - DTS Enveloâ„¢ and DTS Boostâ„¢ - for a premium surround sound experience. When listening to music or playing games on the T-Mobile G2x, customers will enjoy rich, enhanced sound that adds depth, dimension and volume levels that are robust without distortion.
- A demo of Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance - N.O.V.A., developed by Gameloft, is a fast-paced sci-fi action game in which players operate as Kal Wardin, an elite soldier established to protect humanity from alien threats.
- T-Mobile TV, offering live and on-demand TV including news, sports and full-length entertainment, plus full episodes of your favorite shows.
- Zinio eReader, the largest online newsstand, enabling customers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways with more than 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries.
- T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qikâ„¢, enabling video conversations with friends and family through T-Mobile's network and Wi-Fi.
Developed by graphics powerhouse NVIDIA, each CPU in the Tegra 2 processor runs at a speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Combined with T-Mobile's lightning-fast 4G network, the G2x delivers a fast Web browsing experience, smooth game play, instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications for a compelling mobile entertainment experience.
In addition, the G2x will include NVIDIA's Tegra Zone application, which provides quick access to games optimized for the Tegra 2's dual-core architecture, which is built to handle the performance requirements of mobile games that use PC and console quality graphics features.
The G2x comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera paired with the preloaded T-Mobile Video Chat application powered by Qik for staying in touch with family and friends. With the phone's 1080p high-definition (HD) video recorder and DLNA compatibility, G2x customers can capture video and wirelessly connect to a compatible HD TV or other DLNA device for streaming full HD video content or enjoying a console-like gaming experience through HDMI mirroring, taking advantage of the phone's accelerometer and gyro sensor.
Powered by a stock version of the Androidâ„¢ 2.2 operating system, the G2x offers access to more than 150,000 applications available on Android Marketâ„¢ and integration with Google services such as Google Voiceâ„¢, Voice Actionsâ„¢ from Google, Google Gogglesâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Places and Navigation, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google Earthâ„¢ and more.
The G2x features 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. The G2x also includes Swype® for easy text input, 8GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32GB, Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1, built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, Adobe® Flash® Player support and a music player.
The T-Mobile G2x with Google is expected to be available nationwide later this spring at T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com.