T-Mobile G2 only 800 MHz? Don’t Give Up So Quickly

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We reported earlier that the T-Mobile G2 will come with an 800MHz CPU, not the “>1GHz”, dual core CPU that some of us were hoping for.

Some people are counting the G2 out of the game before any of us have had a chance to review it, based on the CPU alone. Others are holding to the theory that this is the successor to the G1, and not the successor to the Nexus One, leaving room to hope that we’ll see a possibly keyboardless, >1GHz-powered phone following the G2 to replace the Nexus One.

While both of these are valid opinions I’d like to side with many of our readers who have accurately noted in their comments that this new phone will feature Qualcomm’s next-gen MSM7x30 chipset, which is a 45nm system-on-chip with a lot of tricks up its sleeve.

45nm Construction

45nm runs significantly cooler than its larger brothers, and uses a lot less power. This could translate into either longer battery life or smaller phones (possibly both).

Or the power savings of the smaller construction could be negated by additional features — we’ll have to wait and see.

When Faster Doesn’t Mean “Faster”

No, this isn’t one of those “it depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is” sort of things. More megahertz doesn’t always mean “more speed” or “better performance”.

That seems counter intuitive, but we learned our lesson with MHz on desktop CPUs with AMD’s Athon XP series of chips. These chips were substantially faster than similarly clocked Intel processors.

AMD even came up with a performance rating that they used as the model number of the chips to help more easily compare them to the Intel’s. An “Athlon XP 1800+” performed faster than an Intel 1.8GHz — even though the Athlon only ran at 1.53Ghz; it also consumed less power in many benchmarks.

Intel later followed suit and started using model numbers rather than GHz to identify thier chips. Just because the new Qualcomm chip is clocked slower doesn’t necessarily mean that it performs any slower than its 1GHz big brother — it may even perform faster.

Let’s reserve judgement until we have the device in-hand and can run the benchmarks.

Geared for Multimedia

The MSM7x30 comes with HD support with the ability to play 720p video, and not just on-screen — it can output 720p over HDMI as well — if the phone has HDMI out (the chip does, the phone may or not include HDMI out). We’ll come back to that in a minute.

Data Speeds

As you know, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with Sprint’s Epic 4G. The speed of 4G is nothing short of astounding at an average of 500%+ that of 3G.

While the G2 isn’t a 4G phone, it is an HSPA+ phone, which can easily rival (and theoretically surpass) real-world 4G speeds. The MSM7x30 chip can reportedly handle simultaneous HSPA+ and LTE data connections, which could effectively double throughput to the device (if under both an LTE and HSPA+ bubble, and if it’s enabled on the actual phone).

Potential

So, if we combine the fast data speeds with the potential of 720p out over HDMI the G2 could potentially be a Google TV box in your pocket that could easily perform the same function as a set-top Google TV box just by setting it in a dock hooked up to your big-screen. (We don’t know if such a dock will exist, but I’m hoping!)

Add Netflix streaming (which we know is coming) and this could be my dream phone.

Conclusion

All you nay-sayers out there who are giving the G2 a big “thumbs down” just because of a MHz rating need to chill out and wait for the phone to actually exist before bad-mouthing it.

I, for one, and very excited to see what T-Mobile and HTC have put together in this phone. I’m eager to get my hands on the device to do some real-world testing!

What about you?

Were you going to turn your back on the G2 just because of it’s 800MHz processor? If so, has this article changed your mind, or convinced you to reserve judgement until the tests are in?

You know the drill, comment below!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.