First off, the names Vision and G1 Blaze seem to be killed off, and the device will now be known as the T-Mobile G2 (Not the G2 Touch). The leaked T-Mobile roadmappegs the launch of the G1 successor for a September launch, where it’s referred to as the Vanguard. What’s even more exciting is that the G2 should be running stock Android, which means faster updates than any other phone out there, theoretically.
With Android 2.2, some people believe that it’s the first time that you don’t need a custom skin on the device, even if the aesthetic appeal may not be up to par with skins such as HTC Sense. Still, I thought stock Android would be dead after the Nexus One stopped shipping, and the Droid 2 using the Motoblur-like UI. Glad to see that HTC hasn’t completely given up stock Android.
The G2 has been said to come with an 800Mhz MSM7230 CPU, which may not be the fastest in all of Android land, but if this is the device that’s rumored in this article by Android Spin, we may have a lot more to look forward to. The article says that the device will actually have a dual core 800Mhz processor, and may indeed be the flagship device for Android 3.0, or Gingerbread. The rumored device was said to come before the holiday season, which matches up with the possible September launch of the G2, but there are things that make us think that it may be a different device, as it makes no mention of a QWERTY keyboard, and is said to have a 4.3 inch display.
From the looks of it, the G2 has a display size from about 3.7 to 4 inches, but it doesn’t have a monster screen like the EVO 4G. While it’s nice to think about, Gingerbread isn’t even expected to be released until October, if not later. But who knows, we have already seen Android 3.0 floating around before.
Another speculative tidbit is that the upcoming HTC event invitation uses the word “dreamt,” which may not be anything to read into too much, but since the G2 is the obvious sequel to the G1 – which was initially codenamed the Dream – timing just doesn’t match up. Maybe we’re reading into this too much, but all of this new information sure makes us quite curious.
Even if the T-Mobile G1 successor doesn’t ship with a dual core 800MHz CPU or Gingerbread, it should still be a solid sequel to the world’s first Android phone. The design is much more plain-looking, and is void of any jutting chin seen on the predecessor, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like the Blackberry-like touchpad on the G2 – gone is the trackball or the optical trackpad seen on recent HTC Android devices.
If this thing doesn’t come with a dual core CPU, let’s hope the G2 ends up getting a bump to 1GHz before it ships. If not, guess we’re just going to wait until it gets overclocked. Well, guess I’m getting this thing as soon as it comes out, but I still with that keyboard had a dedicated number row.
So what do you think about the G2? Is it worthy to bear such a name?