Based on a tweet by Cyanogen, the G2 isn't going to be sporting another rehash of the Snapdragon family of chipsets that has come to dominate HTC devices for the past 6 months.
You may remember back in November of 2009 (or maybe not, I didn't) that Qualcomm demoed an updated family of chipsets for mobile multimedia devices. The name of that chipset is the remarkably catchy MSM7X30 (really has a ring to it, no?), and it's bringing a little more to the table than its predecessors.
We already knew the G2 would be shipping with HSPA+ connectivity (the first phone to have it), but that's only one of the goodies Qualcomm's upgraded chipset will be offering:
- 720P video encoding (recording) and decoding at 30FPS
- Integrated 2D/3D GPU's with OpenGL ES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 API support
- 5.1 surround sound output
- Up to 12 megapixel camera support
- Integrated GPS
- Support for processor speeds between 800MHz and 1GHz (Scorpion CPU's, same as Snapdragon's)
All of this considered, the G2's spec sheet could really cause some heads to explode. Aside from what we've listed, Qualcomm is also touting that it is one of their most power-efficient chipsets. The new GPU could make the G2 the must-have gaming phone among Android devices, perhaps even besting the currently 3D-frontrunner, Samsung's Galaxy S.
All of this information is derived from what we know of Qualcomm's chipset, though. The actual specs of the G2 may vary, depending heavily on HTC's work to integrate the chipset's new features into the Android OS. Only time will tell, but this beats the next-to-absolutely-nothing we knew about the G2's spec sheet just yesterday.