|08-24-2010, 05:30 PM||#1|
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First Look at T-Mobile G2 and MyTouch HD
T-Mobile’s leaked roadmap from last month included two more devices from HTC that are scheduled to launch later this year. One is believed to be the T-Mobile G2 and the other is myTouch HD. We have already seen renders of both phones with T-Mobile branding, but now reports are starting to come in of actual prototypes and new details are starting to emerge.
TmoNews is reporting that the myTouch HD is the phone known as the HTC Emerald from the leaked roadmap. Early speculation about T-Mobile’s secret Project Emerald had suggested a Sidekick branded device from HTC, but TmoNews is now saying that was pushed back to 2011.
The myTouch HD will be the follow up to the myTouch Slide and feature the same HTC Sense “Espresso” UI and Genius Button. Other than those two features, that is about where the similarities end. HTC’s myTouch HD will features a touch only design, display between 3.7-4.3 inches, and be the first T-Mobile phone with a front facing camera.
No details about the processor were provided, but I think there are two likely options. It could feature the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7230 (like the G2) or maybe the 1.2 GHz dual-core MSM8260. Qualcomm announced they had started sampling the dual-core Snapdragons, but it is uncertain when products based on those will actually launch. If the myTouch HD launches in November (as originally planned) or maybe December, I think it has a chance of including a dual-core chip.
My gut tells me that if NVIDIA and Texas Instruments can get dual-core CPUs in smartphones this year, then so can the giant Qualcomm.
Earlier this week, T-Mobile put up a teaser site for the upcoming HTC G2 smartphone. Today, Engadget has received photos of the phone out in the wild.
The new device, which is the T-Mobile branded version of the HTC Vision, features a slide-out keyboard just like the original T-Mobile G1. The G2 will also be the first phone to run on T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network, which theoretically has speeds that can rival 4G.
It’s also believed that the G2/Vision will be the phone unveiled at a special HTC event next month.
Aesthetically, the phone echoes some of the design cues from the Nexus One, and the keyboard may be appealing to those that find the flatness of the Droid 2 untenable.
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