T-Mobile tipped off Twitter last week that the G2X was coming and Friday, the operator’s website confirms it. Web orders begin Friday at $199 for the Android 2.2 handset. Built by LG and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz chip, the G2X is T-Mobile’s first dual-core smartphone. The handset arrives in stores on April 20 and benefits from T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network for fast mobile broadband connectivity.
In some sense, I saw this handset in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, where I captured this video of the graphical prowess of the phone. The actual smartphone in the video is the LG Optimus 2X, which was a demo unit with some software optimizations yet to be made. As is often the case with carriers, T-Mobile has branded LG’s Optimus 2X as its own, and outside of some carrier-specific software, its the same device.
Aside from the fast CPU and graphics chip — which provides near-flawless, high-definition video playback — the G2X appeals with its overall feature set:
- 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution
- 8 GB of internal storage with support for up to 32 GB of microSD expansion
- 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, 1080p video recording; 1.3-megapixel front camera
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with support for wireless stereo music playback
- DLNA support and HDMI out for video sharing on digital televisions
- 4.88″ x 2.48″ x 0.43″; weight of 5 ounces