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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.