Yesterday’s Leaked FroYo Build for G2 Reveals New Qualcomm Chipset


We hadn’t seen it for ourselves – as we’re not the type to crack open source files once they hit the internet – but apparently the firmware build that we saw leaked yesterday for the T-Mobile G2 held a couple of more secrets. Namely, Cyanogen discovered references to Qualcomm’s MSM7x30 chipset, though there is no word on the specific version. This is important because not only will this bring about native 720p 30FPS video recording and playback, improved 3D performance, and more, but we could also be seeing support for dual-mode HSPA+ and LTE, depending on the specific version.


That doesn’t mean all of these features will be donning the T-Mobile G2 at launch, however, as the phone has to be equipped with the hardware and unlocked through software, but we can at least get a bit giddy over the sheer possibility of even half of the features that the new chipset will bring. At least we know this will be their most efficient chipset yet, in terms of battery life and performance trade-off, but even if that’s all there is to look forward to, then I have no complaints.

[via AndroidPolice]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. i´m sorry but t-mobile is selling the htc hero as “G2”
    How can this phone be the G2?

  2. To say the least, this’ll be another high-end phone.

  3. Maybe you guys can stop complaining now?

  4. Yesterday’s “HTC PC1011 Pass The FCC….” and I saw 40+ posts most whining about TMobile and their phones. This phone is totally qualified as High End (+ no HTC Sense). Give T-mobile a break…Android is 2+ years old and Tmobile… between the G1 and Nexus, has had the best android phone on their network for almost half platforms life.

  5. @Stefan different markets use different names.

  6. @ben steel

    Nexus was sold by Google, not T-Mobile. T-Mobile had nothing to do with the Nexus. Google just decided to make T-Mobile the default carrier for the Nexus, even though they later started selling some for AT&T as well. The only notable Android phone T-Mobile has had (before the Vibrant) was the first Android phone ever (G1). Every other Android phone they’ve had has been mediocre.

  7. @ Contraus- Couple of points:
    -T-Mo is the first and only US carrier to offer Android for 9 months. They offered both the G1 and the MyTouch before anyone else got on board. Android wasn’t taking off then, so that probably made them a little squeamish.
    -After the Droid takes off, T-Mo works out a deal with Google on the Nexus One. Don’t say they had nothing to do with it. Out of the 4 US carriers, T-Mo just happens to end up as the default carrier? Not a chance. They were just the only ones willing at the time for it to be on their network.
    -They launch the best and brightest of original Samsung Galaxy S phones. I know that the Epic will beat it, but they are now using this G2 as their response to the Epic.
    Bottom Line: T-Mo is the first carrier to support Android. The lack of initial enthusiasm cooled them down a little, but now they are fully back in the Game. Nexus One, Vibrant, now the G2, and the Glacier down the road. That’s commitment AND class.

  8. I thought Qualcomm’s MSM7×30 chipset is just a cheaper version of the snapdragons current QSD8x50 chipset so i don’t know what are people getting excited about.
    Snapdragon QSD8x50-http://www.qualcomm.com/products_services/chipsets/snapdragon.html

    Snapdragon MSM7x30-http://www.qualcomm.com/products_services/chipsets/mobile_processors.html

    Check Adreno 205 GPU-http://developer.qualcomm.com/dev/gpu/processors

  9. @ Stefan, no need to be sorry. The Euro Hero is called HTC G2 Touch. The fake G2 in other words. This is the original.

  10. @Mahmoud, the 7×30 is a slightly newer version than the current Snapdragon- http://mobile.engadget.com/2010/03/25/qualcomm-msm7x30-development-unit-hands-on/

  11. @ Mahmoud Msm7x30 is not a snapdragon!! It’s called scorpion!!!!!!!! Totally different chipset

  12. And, with better 3D support and actual HD video encoding/decoding features, it may be even better than Hummingbird (or at least in the same league). With better power savings features than Snapdragon, equal speeds, and better video/gaming capabilities, I’d say we were on the same level as the Galaxy S line. Throw in the keyboard and a Camera w/ flash, and we’re competing with the Epic.

    The only question remaining? DOES THIS THING DO HDMI (or some other version) VIDEO OUT?! If yes, it’s mine.

  13. wow…if thats true i may need to trade in my vibrant for this when its released

  14. @Kevin, very nicely put!

  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBZcD-IqefY&feature=player_embedded#at=133

    Qualcomm’s Next Generation 7X30 Smartphone Platform at Mobile World Congress

    playing 4 video’s at 30 fps

  16. I was wavering on if I should wait for the end of my contract and the possibility of a better handset, or get the G2. Since I am a G1 owner, I feel compelled to get the G2 and now, after reading this, I am saying this is a done deal.

  17. This is what I’ve been waiting for from HTC. A chipset that was on par or equal to the hummingbird processor.

  18. I like that the phone comes vanilla android with sense widgets

  19. @shawn1224 , “on par or equal to”–well said

  20. @mark .. yea, I don’t think this is going to blow the hummingbird chipset out the water but it definitely won’t get embarrassed like it’s younger brother (the Adreno 200/snapdragon chip) that’s currently in most high end HTC devices.

    I’m personally waiting on the Mytouch HD and if it’s anything similar to this spec wise but with a bigger screen. I’ll be ecstatic.

  21. Damn I guess I will keep the vibrant but those specs are nice. My wife is getting the g2 on the first day. So its going to be around to play with. If its better then the vibrant, then ebay it goes!

  22. Not a complaint as I’m excited about this phone, but I sincerely hope it weighs less than my G1. That sucker has some weight to it, especially when you have it in your suit pants pocket. It already appears to be slimmer. Looks very promising. Loving the specs.

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