Will the HSPA+ T-Mobile G2 Be a Stock Android Phone?
More details about the HSPA+ smartphone efforts are emerging regarding the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone. It has always been believed that the G2, previously known from the codename as the HTC Vision, would be a high-end device with support for the carrier’s 4G-like HSPA+ network.
What’s unknown is if the device will sport HTC Sense, the the HTC Sense Expresso UI found on the HTC myTouch Slide on T-Mobile, but according to PhoneArena, a product listing on WalMart reveals that the device is listed as a “with Google” Android smartphone, meaning that it should be devoid of any customizations. That, however, hasn’t been confirmed by the manufacturer, HTC, nor the carrier, T-Mobile.
Early specs indicate that the G2 will have a 4-row keyboard, 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3.7-inch WVGA display, probably of Super LCD type offering comparable performance to AMOLED screens. The device was last shown with a sliding mechanism that is reminiscent to Nokia’s Symbian N97 and N97 Mini, albeit without a tilting or angled screen when opened.
Update: As one of our readers noted, a “with Google” designation may not necessarily mean a stock Android device; our reader’s European edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone has that designation and also TouchWiz, making it a customized Android smartphone.