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G2 to Have Shortcut Buttons for Google Services

There's been a lot of chatter about T-Mobile's G2, including leaked photos and leaked specs. Now the company has finally made it official, revealing specifications for the G1's successor and teasing pre-orders that will start sometime this month.

Late last night, T-Mobile uncovered the G2, which we now know will pack Android 2.2, a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, an 800MHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording and LED flash, 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 8GB microSD, and HSPA+.

This is T-Mobile's first HSPA+ phone, and it will compete with the 4G offerings we're already seeing from Sprint as well as Verizon's upcoming LTE handsets. It will also have dedicated shortcut keys for a number of Google services (though T-Mobile didn't go into detail about those), and come with Swype pre-installed.

T-Mobile says the phone will be available this month, so hopefully we won't have long to wait before we hear a price or a release date.

  • burnley14
    Sounds cool, but is it worth using T-Mobile as your provider? Nope.
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  • anonymousdude
    burnley14Sounds cool, but is it worth using T-Mobile as your provider? Nope.
    Better than AT&T or sprint as your provider in most cities.
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  • eklipz330
    anonymousdudeBetter than AT&T or sprint as your provider in most cities.Sprint in NYC is the best. if ur not a fan of the evo, the samsung epic with the onboard keyboard is probably ur choice
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  • morethantoast
    You can preorder tomorrow (sept 10) at best buy fyi. I'm just looking to upgrade from the god-awful 2g speeds on my iphone.
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  • gmarsack
    I liked t-mobile service, that is, their tech support. They were friendly, but at the time (this is probably changed) I couldn't get reception making calls from my house, so I switched to Verizon. Much better reception, but sadly, much higher phone bill.. ah well... GO ANDROID!!!!! GO GOOGLE!!!!
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  • False_Dmitry_II
    4gigs of Read Only Memory? What the crap use would that be?
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  • Arethel
    gmarsackI liked t-mobile service, that is, their tech support. They were friendly, but at the time (this is probably changed) I couldn't get reception making calls from my house, so I switched to Verizon. Much better reception, but sadly, much higher phone bill.. ah well... GO ANDROID!!!!! GO GOOGLE!!!!
    This pretty much sums it up. T Mobile is generally the cheapest of the big carriers and offers decent customer service but reception is an issue, being only a fraction of what AT&T offers. When I lived at my old apartment my roommate went T Mobile and G1 while I went AT&T and HTC Touch HD. His phone reception was poor at best at home, work, and traveling.
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  • scook9
    Looks like a nice enough phone....but isn't ALL the hardware a generation behind now? T-Mobile should have tried harder given their scarce coverage....this phone won't be making people want to switch over to them at all
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  • @scook9

    The latest and greatest cellphone has never been part of T-mobile's overall business plan. Top notch customer service and reasonable rate plans are what I have always seen T-mobile to embody. Therefore, in order to achieve the latter, sacrifices must be meet..."last season" hardware just happens to be one of those sacrifices.
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  • descendency
    scook9Looks like a nice enough phone....but isn't ALL the hardware a generation behind now? T-Mobile should have tried harder given their scarce coverage....this phone won't be making people want to switch over to them at all
    WTF are you talking about? How is 'all their hardware a generation behind?' Their 'one generation behind' hardware is faster than most other 'current generation' services.
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