T-Mobile's upcoming G2 smartphone has broken cover, with Engadget being sent images of the new HSPA+ handset in the wild. Basically an HTC Vision with an HSPA+ modem, it's also now clear that the vague outline on T-Mobile's teaser page hides a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad and, if the rumors are true, a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
T-Mobile USA has just pinged us to flag up their latest teaser site, for the new T-Mobile G2. Billed as the network's first HSPA+ smartphone - which T-Mobile reckon will deliver speeds on a par with 4G rivals - there's scant detail as to the identity or specifications of the G2 itself, but we're guessing it's the HTC-made QWERTY slider previously known as the HTC Vision or T-Mobile G1 Blaze.
"You snooze, you lose" may not be the most eloquent way of putting it, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse knows that the longer it takes to get customers onto shiny devices like the EVO 4G, the more chance his carrier rivals have to overtake him in high-speed mobile networks. T-Mobile USA has just announced that their HSPA+ network is now the most pervasive in the country, currently covering more than 85m people and on track, the carrier promises, to offer HSPA+ to over 185m people by the end of 2010.
T-Mobile USA are ramping up for an interesting second half of 2010, with official confirmation that an HSPA+ capable HTC-made Android smartphone will debut in September. Interestingly, a leaked T-Mobile roadmap spotted yesterday tips the HTC Vanguard as due that month, though neither carrier nor manufacturer are spilling any details on the smartphone's specs or name. What we do know is that it's likely to see roughly 10 Mbit/s download speeds, and will be followed by another HSPA+ capable handset in Q4 2010.
Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor is well known to most who follow the smartphone space, and at Computex 2010 the company has outed their latest generation of chip. The Qualcomm MSM8260 and MSM8660 Snapdragon chips each get dual-core 1.2GHz application processor cores, support for 1080p HD video encode and decode, and 3D/2D engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration. Best of all, they're already sampling to manufacturers.
There seems to be a lot of chatter about 4G today. For good reason, of course. As we get further and further into 2010, wireless carriers are focusing more and more on the fact that 4G is becoming a very, very real feature that people want. Then there's no surprise that we got an email from T-Mobile today, telling us that their HSPA+ network is out there, working, and there's already devices out there that take advantage of it, with more to come.
The talk of a BlackBerry slider smartphone continues to bubble, and BGR's sources reckon they have some fresh information on the matter. The in-development device is apparently a portrait-orientation slider, more similar to the Palm Pre in form-factor than it is to the more common side-sliding QWERTY handsets, and it's likely to have a touchscreen along with the pull-out 'board. In fact the source reckons this particular BlackBerry is what the ongoing Magnum/Dakota project - which paired a keyboard, touchscreen and optical joystick - evolved into.
That would leave the unnamed new device as pretty much a BlackBerry Storm 9520 with a slide-up keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Bold. Other specs include WiFi 802.11n - "100% support" insists the source - and a 360 x 480 display. Software is expected to be BlackBerry OS 6.0, and - best of all - this isn't going to be a Verizon exclusive; RIM's first slider will be a GSM/HSPA device.
Viliv's S10 Blade, the company's 10.1-inch convertible touchscreen netbook, has finally gone up for preorder. The good folk at import specialists Dynamism are listing seven SKUs of the netbook; the basic S10 Blade comes with Windows XP, a 60GB HDD and 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor (and thus lacks OS multitouch support), but after that it's Windows 7 all round and a choice of 32GB or 64GB SSDs.
T-Mobile USA have started 2010 kicking, promising a speedy HSPA+ roll-out over the coming twelve months as it updates its existing HSPA 7.2 data service. It's finding time for a few quick jabs at American rivals, however, suggesting that "while other carriers talk about 4G plans and the promise of compatible devices, T-Mobile will speed ahead with HSPA+ deployments across the bulk of its 3G footprint this year". There's also a knowing nod to - we're guessing - the Google Nexus One...
Today is definitely Wednesday. But in Bend, Oregon, that doesn't have to mean a bad thing. In fact, we'd be willing to wager that it's a pretty good day for customer's of BendBroadband. Why? Because the company has officially launched its next-generation wireless broadband service, touting HSPA+. And while it may not be able to reach the full capacity of the technology as we know it, there is absolutely no reason why BendBroadband customers should not be excited about this launch.