While Apple may be hogging all the tech headlines going around at this moment (and with good reason), let’s not ignore this bit of news about the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile has just revealed that the device will run on a Scorpion processor and will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo.
The T-Mobile G2 SmartPhone has been the subject of much speculation of late, because both Google and HTC are involved in its development. This bit of official information may bring joy to some, but considerable heartache for others.
This is because the Scorpion processor will clock just 800MHz; a whole 200MHz short of the 1 Snapdragon that has become standard fare (not to forget the Qualcomm’s SmartPhone that sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor) on most high-end smartphones these days. Moreover the device will not have the remarkable HTC Sense UI, which makes HTC devices so covetable.
Though the absence of Sense is indeed regrettable on T-Mobile G2, perhaps you should not lament the 800MHz CPU right away. This is because this CPU is a new one and uses the MSM7x30 Snapdragon chipset. So, assumptions about the clock speed may be a bit too premature because unlike the usual QSD chipsets we don’t know much about its performance.
Until a few benchmarking tests reveal more, you should not assume that the performance of the T-Mobile G2 will be a lot worse than phones which have 1GHz processors.
On the brighter side, the G2 phone should be totally geared up for an amazing browsing performance. Apart from the decent specs, there is access to the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile to give you better 4G speeds. Moreover it is preloaded with Adobe Flash player 10.1 and will display the latest interactive content and streaming Flash videos from the web.
Then there are one-touch ‘Quick Keys’ for instant access to various apps and Google shortcuts. The phone has been priced at $199 with a T-Mobile contract and $499 without contract (unlocked).
If you remember: the launch of the G1 was a very important milestone in the history of Android devices. Being the first smartphone designed to operate at 4G speeds – T-Mobile’s G2 should be no less important.