T-Mobile is calling it "the fastest smartphone experience in America," but as it turns out, its Qualcomm Scorpion CPU is actually relatively slow -- the cellular carrier's insider newsletter T-Mobile Scoop
says the phone's MSM7x30 chip will be clocked at 800MHz, rather than the 1GHz
we'd hoped for. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that T-Mobile lying about speed, as anyone who's upgraded from Droid
to Droid 2
very well knows -- bloatware can easily clog the pipes even on phones running Froyo
, and we've heard that this particular HTC device is running a pure vanilla Android build
. Speaking of delectable operating system revisions, T-Mobile confirms you'll indeed find Android 2.2 under the hood accompanied by Flash Player 10.1, as well as "one-touch quick keys" the carrier claims provide Speedy Gonzales-like access to apps and shortcuts. Still waiting to be confirmed: a $200 subsidized price
, and the day we'll see it in stores.
It's important to keep in mind that the G2 seems to feature Qualcomm's next-gen MSM7x30
chipset, which can theoretically blaze. Of course, that all depends on firmware optimization, so let's keep our fingers crossed -- something tells us neither T-Mobile nor HTC have any interest in messing this one up.