T-Mobile G2x Officially Announced; Pricing for Sidekick 4G, G-Slate Now Confirmed

T-Mobile left us a nice gift in our inbox this morning letting us know that the T-Mobile G2X is now official and will be headed our way sometime this year. (Earlier rumors have pegged April 20th as the date to look out for but T-Mobile hasn’t given a release window outside of “Spring”.)

Just as we expected, the device will run stock Android 2.2 and does away with LG’s custom UI seen on the international version previously debuted. It still has a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, an 8-megapixel autofocus with LED flash that can record HD video, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls, and a lot more.

T-Mobile’s also putting 4G radios inside this thing – it’ll actually be their first phone to have the 42mbps HSPA+ radio inside ensuring users can take full advantage of the network whenever T-Mobile begins delivering those speeds. (We’re not sure how long that’ll last, though.) We’ll be out and about to get our hands-on with this thing.

In other news, both the Sidekick 4G and the LG G-Slate have been priced. The former will be available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract while the latter will be $529.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year deal. These still haven’t gotten new release windows outside of “Spring”, but keep an eye out on April 20th for that G-Slate too. Read on for full press details.

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 — March 22, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LGMobile 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 dualcore 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 latestinnovative hardware and preloaded content with our 4G network and the power of the dualcore 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 technologycreating 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 handle the 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 throughHDMI 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 TMobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobile.com.

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  • Blest

    Will this even be worth it? I don’t wanna kick thusthis cash out and it be obsolete because of the merger.

  • mikeyd85

    The fact this exists makes me hope that the Optimus 2X will have a custom ROM based on it. That’d make me very happy.

  • Cyberstoic

    @Blest — That is my thought as well. I need some clarification on what exactly will still work when AFee&Fee shuts off the AWS bands. If that turns my blazing fast expensive smart phone back to edge bands on AFee&Fee then it is just not worth getting.

    We need to know what bands these phones have and which will be able to definitely run on AFee&Fee post merger. Until then, I am not buying anything on T-Mo.

  • tq745

    it seems to have the bands that would work on att network. regardless i’m still picking this up…it doesn’t get better then stock android. this thing will upgrade to gingerbread in no time.

  • Austin

    Definitely won’t be getting g-slate at this point if the 3g is going to stop working after AT&T takes over.

  • mr.walker

    Why in the hell are they releasing the gx with 2.2? wtf man! Happy they got stock but damn. Dunno if I should get this phone or wait on the galaxy s2 or jump ship if this lame ass deal goes through with at&t. I feel sick to fucking stomach thinking about it(at&t merger)

  • torgo23

    According to the Spec Sheet

    Band (frequency):850 MHz;900 MHz;1800 MHz;1900 MHz;UMTS/HSPA+: AWS Band IV / 2100 / 1900 / 850

    That would indicate that it is going to be compatible with HSPA+ on the 1900 band that AT&T is using. Possibly this is why there is no release date? A last minute radio update to handle the AT&T buyout?

  • Sputnick

    Stock Android…Woohoo!! It’s on T-Mo…#$%^@!!!!

  • carmendiva

    I would so get the sidekick if it wasn’t for this merger.
    Looking towards the xperia play

  • booo

    torgo: if that is true im so up for it if it can handle att band frequency this phone is hot and if the deal goes through the only thing i have of tmobile is the branding a good company

  • dork

    this phone is to sick. needs 2.3 though. forsure getting this.

  • dork

    oh and this has nothing to do with the G2.
    its simply this, lg optimus 2x+ tmobile G series= tmobile g2x

  • Ace Curry

    IF it is stock Android, then why not 2.4? Dumb

  • LSxChevelle

    Well 2.4 wont be out by 4/20. Apparently 2.3 is already in testing. And I read it is capped at 14.4, not 42 mbps. Still picking this up at launch.

  • fangorious

    @LSxChevelle: I think 14.4 is just the limit of what the T-Mobile towers can handle right now. So with the handset being capable of 42 it’s future-proofed for HSPA+ upgrades.

  • Jedediah

    I’m going to hold out for the pyramid in June

  • A Turtle

    So, okay, people that are saying they won’t buy a new phone from T-Mobile, the deal will take one year to finalize out, then it’ll take two years to have everything totally merged. That’s 3 years. Since you guys are on a phone fan website, I would imagine you buy a new phone more than once every 3 years. So I don’t see the problem, I will definitely be getting this, and then getting a new phone once the merger is done.

  • Rob (not Jackson)

    It is NOT 42 Mbps. A Gizmodo article combined two stories.

  • Tq745

    @rob, according to engadget it is 42 mbps…and in case

  • rawr4dj

    ok i guess im the only person that noticed this quote “In other news, both the Sidekick 4G and the LG G-Slate have been priced. The former will be available for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract while the latter will be $529.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year deal.” WOWWWWW Now i know i am cheap but this is outrageous how do you sell a phone with outdated OS for theoretically 6$29.99 and thats before the the mail in rebate that will take @ least a month to receive the Thunderbolt doesn’t even cost this most out of contract nor does the Atrix 4g my question is how much will this cost out of contract over $1,000? OR is this just a typo

  • paul s.

    Don’t get Overly excited just yet…sure it has att bands & stock Android (yesss) BUT only Honeycomb is optimized for dual core phones and that means 2.4…..we’ll just have to see how fast they are at updating. just my thoughts …

  • Tanner

    I’m starting to think tmobile is seriously playing att to grab more of their spectrum and cash. Either way this phone is future proof as it supports the att bands also. This would be an amazing world phone.

  • tomnewtn

    here is the link to the TMO spec sheet I’ve been posting everywhere. It shows ATT 3g bands included- http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/detail_popup.aspx?device=c9b57234-f031-4b6b-a78b-0ce7d33dc739

  • The Wrath

    By virtue that this phone is stock, I doubt very seriously we won’t see some variant of honeycomb and beyond on it as soon as it comes available. If nothing else, it’ll be REAL easy to flash whatever the hell ROM to it you want. I really don’t see why this isn’t being considered a top line next gen Google device. Out of the box this thing smokes the Nexus S (minus 2.3 of course) For all immediate intents and purposes, assuming it’s reliability and build quality is on point, this phone is future proof for at least a year and possibly beyond. It’s the new Nexus device. I think it’ll also be the phone that makes people take LG seriously as a mobile device manufacture. All my assumptions and conjecture aside, this WILL be the phone the Samsung Galaxy S phone was supposed to be. Developers will go Star and Buck wild with it, and as long as the carrier and LG supports it, it’ll be a game changer.

    This coming from an HTC disciple. BTW.

  • Lies

    I’m sure once Android 2.4 becomes available they’re going to send an update out to the T-Mobile G2 and This phone. And allother stock Android phones because it shouldn’t be much customization to match the needs and codes of the OS for the phone. They never sent out Android 2.3 Gingerbread because it gave many phones bugs. Like the Nexus One, and the Nexus S so I want them to take their time while fixing Android to meet the matches of the G2 and The G2x

  • Lies

    But T-Mobile and Sprint could have released more than one major phone! I mean WTF” where is the HTC Pyramid. I guess both company’s released a major phone and said fuck it we don wat we had to do. Wtf look at Verizon, I can’t believe I’m saying this but look at AT&T they’re releasing more than jus one major high end device. So wat everybodys gonna start rockin Evo 3D and T_Mobile G2x’s like they did last year. Everywhere I looked somebody had a Samsung Epic, or and Evo. Both company’s need to get it together wit this because they won’t get any where

  • aberkae

    I’m getting it

  • michael

    Please give us a date of when this comes out ASAP

  • Angel

    its a 1.3megapixel no vga.

  • aberkae

    “T-Mobile’s also putting 4G radios inside this thing – it’ll actually be their first phone to have the 42mbps HSPA+ radio inside ensuring users can take full advantage of the network whenever T-Mobile begins delivering those speeds”
    proof? so far i hear 14 mbits per second