T-Mobile G2x: hands-on with LG’s HDMI Mirroring Android phone

ctia-2011-t-mobile-lg-g2x-front

T-Mobile (soon to be AT&T) and LG have a great relationship. Together, the companies are working together on the G-Slate tablet and a new premium Android phone, the T-Mobile G2x. I got my hands on the G2x yesterday afternoon and it has some impressive features. Most notably, the ability to instantly stream HDMI content (via its Mini HDMI port). This feature is called HDMI Mirroring. When connected to a big screen, I was able to actually use the phone as a controller and play Android games on a 40-inch TV screen. This feature isn’t brand new, but out of the box, it’s an interesting addition.

The G2x doesn’t skimp much on specs either. It runs Android 2.2 (2.3 coming, they tell me), can run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ high speed network, has a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4.0-inch display (480×800), 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The rear camera pumps out 8MP images with a built-in flash and can record 1080p video at 24fps–the front camera is 1.3MP.

LG’s Optimus UI add-on to Android is pretty minimal and mostly lets Google’s OS do its thing, which I like, and the overall experience was very snappy, if a bit standard for an Android device. For the most part, this is a good looking, solid new Android phone with a responsive and bright screen. We look forward to checking it out at launch, but it appears to be a great addition to T-Mobile’s burgeoning Android lineup.

I’ve included a short video below from the show floor below that runs through some of the features. Please forgive the lack of focus.

Emerging Tech

A.I.-powered website creates freakishly lifelike faces of people who don’t exist

No, this isn't a picture of a missing person. It's a face generated by a new artificial intelligence on the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Here's how the impressive A.I. works.
Mobile

OnePlus breaks into the top five among U.S. smartphone companies

We've been impressed with the value offered by OnePlus phones for years, but in 2018 the Chinese manufacturer really stepped things up. After impressive sales, OnePlus broke into the top five U.S. smartphone companies in the high-end…
Home Theater

Samsung’s 2019 QLED TVs are now on sale. Here’s how much you can expect to pay

Samsung's lineup of new TVs were an impressive collection to behold when they made their first appearance at CES this year. Now, we have all of the details on the QLED 4K & 8K models, including features, sizes, availability, and price.
Music

The 25 best love songs on Spotify for your wooing pleasure

Valentine's Day comes but once a year, but love is forever. If you're hoping to impress your significant other -- or if you're trying to procure one -- we put together a list of the best love songs for your wooing pleasure.
Mobile

Love music? For audiophiles, the LG G8 ThinQ may be the best phone ever made

LG is expected to release a successor to the LG G7 ThinQ, possibly called the LG G8 ThinQ, this year and rumors about it are already spreading. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Mobile

Smartwatch sales soared in 2018, with Apple leading the charge

The NPD Group, a market research organization, has reported smartwatch sales soared in 2018. Apple is leading the charge, but it's clear there's still room in the market for competitors, as Samsung and Fitbit also did well.
Product Review

Nokia’s 3.1 Plus is an affordable phone that’s crippled by its camera

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is HMD Global’s first smartphone to be sold by a U.S. carrier in-store. It’s only available on Cricket Wireless right now, which underlines its focus on affordability. Should you buy a phone this affordable?
Mobile

Love Playmoji pack adds animated Valentine’s stickers to your Pixel photos

Valentine's Day is here, and to celebrate, Google has added the "Love Playmoji" pack to the Playground feature on its Google Pixel camera. The new feature will add cute AR-driven extras to your Pixel photos.
Mobile

Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of the first phones with monster Snapdragon 855 chip

Xiaomi's next major smartphone release will be the Mi 9, and the company hasn't held back in giving us a good look at the phone, revealing the design, the camera, and a stunning color.
Wearables

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.