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The T-Mobile G2
Unfortunately this Scorpion doesn't pack much sting

If you're determined to get an Android slider on T-Mobile, then perhaps the upcoming T-Mobile G2 is the phone for you.  However, its specs may change your mind.

The company's insider newsletter 
T-Mobile Scoop reveals that the HTC Vision, aka the T-Mobile G2, will be using an 800 MHz MSM7x30 chip.  That chip uses the Qualcomm's Scorpion ARM CPU, also found in the 1 GHz Snapdragon.  

The lower clock speed seems like a bit of a blow.  But when you factor in that the 1 GHz Snapdragon crunched approximately 2.5 times less frames than the Samsung 1 GHz Hummingbird (a Cortex A8) in the GLSBenchmark, it appears even worse, given that the CPU core appears to have certain design shortcomings in the first place.

The good news is that the slower CPU will at least be somewhat offset by the operating system; the G2 will run Android 2.2 "Froyo" (which notably comes packing Flash 10.1).  As we previously discussed, Froyo brings a Just-in-Time Java compiler to the table, which allows Android applications to run up to five times faster.  Thus even this slow CPU may be capable of some decent performance.

Reportedly HTC isn't going to lay the Sense UI on top of this particular Froyo build.  That should offer better performance, and either improved or deteriorated usability, depending on your perspective on HTC Sense.  T-Mobile does brag that the phone will include "one-touch quick keys" to quickly access key functions.

The G2 has a couple of key advantages -- namely, that it has a physical keyboard, it's T-Mobile's first HSPA+ phone, and that it's on one of the most appealing networks in terms of contractual obligations and price.  However, in the face of phones like the Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G -- also on a well-priced network -- the G2 faces some stiff competition.



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DT - You got it mostly wrong!
By labbbby on 9/2/2010 1:39:33 PM , Rating: 5
As Paulywogstew pointed, this is not an A8 design. It's a custom Qualcomm design.

Also this SOC packs an Adreno 205 and not and Adreno 200.
It apparently adds the following features and has roughly four times the GPU power of the Adreno 200.
- Hardware-accelerated SVG and Adobe Flash®
- Significant improvements in shader performance over Adreno 200 GPU
- Streaming textures that can combine video, camera, SVG and other image surfaces with 3D graphics

Adreno 205 should be competitive with the HummingBird GPU (but the SGX540 should still be faster)

Finally why everyone is getting caught up in the GHZ race again is beyond me. Clocking my CPU anywhere between 900-1100mhz doesn't change much in user experience or battery life for that matter.

All of this combined and it should translate in similar or even better performance in everyday use and better battery life.




RE: DT - You got it mostly wrong!
By labbbby on 9/2/2010 1:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007














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