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First HSPA+ Handset Debuts, T-Mobile G2 Running Android 2.2

Sep 09, 2010, 20:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Megna)

"T-Mobile today finally unveiled the G2, the first smartphone to run on its HSPA+ network, running Android 2.2 and capable of 4G data downloads, featuring a 3.7-inch screen, full keyboard and HD video capture.

"The G2 is the first smartphone to run on the high-speed network technology HSPA+, which means it can download at speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps (megabits per second) on T-Mobile's network, according to the carrier. Still, there's some debate over the actual performance of both 4G and HSPA+ devices, and Sascha Segan of PCMag writes of the difference based on hands-on experience.

""That's (14.4 Mbps) double the speed of T-Mobile's and AT&T's fastest previous phones, which operated at 7.2 Mbps -- but it still doesn't reach the maximum speed of T-Mobile's network, which runs at theoretical speeds of up to 21 Mbps. In real-life circumstances, we've gotten speeds more like 5 Mbps with USB modems on T-Mobile's HSPA+ system. That's the fastest 3G system where it's available, and it often matches Sprint's 4G WiMAX on speed," writes Segan."

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