T-Mobile announces G2x, 42Mbps network upgrades

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: March 21, 2011

T-Mobile G2x

We've seen a couple of leaks revealing T-Mobile's plans to offer G2x, better known as the Optimus 2X, but today Magenta has gone ahead and made everything nice and official for us. The G2x is mostly the Optimus 2X we've come to know and love, meaning you're looking at a 4-inch 800x480 display, dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, and 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter. Where the G2x does differ, though, is the fact that it packs stock Android 2.2 and compatibility with T-Mobile's 4G network. T-Mo also announced several new hotspots and USB sticks, including the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 that supports their 42Mbps network and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot, which connects up to five WiFi-enabled devices to T-Mo's 21Mbps network. You can expect all of those devices later this spring.

Additionally, T-Mobile announced the first major markets where it'll be upgrading its network to support speeds of up to 42Mbps. The areas that'll get access to Magenta's speedy new network first are Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando, with Chicago, Long Island, and areas in Northern New Jersey next in line for the upgrade. By the middle of the year, T-Mo plans to cover 140 million people in 25 markets with 42Mbps speeds.

We've known that a lot of this was coming for some time now, but it's good that it's all official, even if T-Mo wasn't as forthcoming as we'd like when it comes to concrete release dates for stuff like the G2x. Thanks to our friends at TmoNews, though, we've got a possible launch date for both the G2x and G-Slate: April 20th. As usual, we'll keep you updated with more pricing and release info as it's made available!

T-Mobile and LG Mobile Phones Introduce T-Mobile G2x with Google, a Powerful Gaming and Entertainment 4G Smartphone
T-Mobile’s first smartphone to feature a dual core processor, the G2x is the latest smartphone to join T-Mobile’s G-series lineup on America’s Largest 4G Network
Bellevue, Wash. and San Diego, Calif. — Mar. 21, 2011 PDT

T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones (LG) today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® G2x™ with Google™ by LG. The latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile’s exclusive line of G-series devices, the G2x is made for speed and mobile entertainment, with built-in support for 4G speeds on America’s Largest 4G Network™, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor with dual-core CPU, brilliant 4-inch capacitive touch screen display and preloaded content, such as Need For Speed™ SHIFT HD.
“More consumers than ever are turning to their smartphones to stay entertained wherever they are with access to their favorite video games, TV programs and more,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “By combining the latest innovative hardware and pre-loaded content with our 4G network and the power of the dual core processor, the G2x offers the mobile gaming and entertainment experience our customers crave.”
“The move into dual core technology is the next big leap forward in mobile technology creating a new superphone segment,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing, LG Mobile Phones. “These super-powered processors will allow both developers and users to utilize the unmatched speed and power in multitasking, multimedia and functionality never before realized in a mobile handset.”
The G2x will keep customers entertained with access to preloaded games and applications, including the following:
Need for Speed™ SHIFT HD, developed by Electronic Arts (EA), is an award-winning, authentic racing game that combines the true driver’s experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks.
DTS Ultra Mobile™, which includes two innovative audio technologies – DTS Envelo™ and DTS Boost™ – for a premium surround sound experience. When listening to music or playing games on the T-Mobile G2x, customers will enjoy rich, enhanced sound that adds depth, dimension and volume levels that are robust without distortion.
A demo of Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance - N.O.V.A., developed by Gameloft, is a fast-paced sci-fi action game in which players operate as Kal Wardin, an elite soldier established to protect humanity from alien threats.
T-Mobile TV, offering live and on-demand TV including news, sports and full-length entertainment, plus full episodes of your favorite shows.
Zinio eReader, the largest online newsstand, enabling customers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways with more than 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries.
T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™, enabling video conversations with friends and family through T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi.
Developed by graphics powerhouse NVIDIA, each CPU in the Tegra 2 processor runs at a speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Combined with T-Mobile’s lightning-fast 4G network, the G2x delivers a fast Web browsing experience, smooth game play, instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications for a compelling mobile entertainment experience.
In addition, the G2x will include NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone application, which provides quick access to games optimized for the Tegra 2’s dual-core architecture, which is built to handlethe performance requirements of mobile games that use PC and console quality graphics features.
The G2x comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera paired with the preloaded T-Mobile Video Chat application powered by Qik for staying in touch with family and friends. With the phone’s 1080p high-definition (HD) video recorder and DLNA compatibility, G2x customers can capture video and wirelessly connect to a compatible HD TV or other DLNA device for streaming full HD video content or enjoying a console-like gaming experience through HDMI mirroring, taking advantage of the phone’s accelerometer and gyro sensor.
Powered by a stock version of the Android™ 2.2 operating system, the G2x offers access to more than 150,000 applications available on Android Market™ and integration with Google services such as Google Voice™, Voice Actions™ from Google, Google Goggles™, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Places and Navigation, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Earth™ and more.
The G2x features smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar, social networking, and instant messaging. The G2x also includes Swype® for easy text input, 8GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot with support for expandable memory up to 32GB, Stereo Bluetooth® 2.1, built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, Adobe® Flash® Player support and a music player.
The T-Mobile G2x with Google is expected to be available nationwide later this spring at T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com.