Equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD screen, 16GB of onboard storage, an 8MP, 1GB of RAM, a front camera and Android Gingerbread, the photon might just be the most capable Android phone when it hits stores later this summer.
Additionally, the international roaming powers of the Photon mean it's equipped with a GSM radio, which are compatible with cellular frequencies overseas. And it works with Motorola's webtop dock, so you can dock the Photon and gain access to a larger screen and keyboard.
Pricing and release date haven't been specified, but Sprint says they'll announce that closer to launch.
Sprint and Motorola Forge Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation
New portfolio of Android-based devices empower both businesses and consumers with world-class versatility, productivity and entertainment features
June 09, 2011
Sprint to launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011, including Motorola PHOTON 4G, boasting Sprint 4G, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, Motorola XPRT, a business-class Android smartphone, and Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Motorola Android smartphone for Virgin Mobile USA
New York City – June 9, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies' device innovation leadership. Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011, bringing revolutionary performance, speed and design to Sprint customers. This new portfolio demonstrates a commitment to bring customers advanced devices with industry-leading features, including smartphones, tablets and best-in-class Push-to-Talk devices.
Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola's first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android™ 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola. These two devices, along with the additional products in the new portfolio, build upon Sprint and Motorola's long history of innovation across Sprint 3G and 4G networks and Nextel National Network.
"Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH."
Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years, according to the survey.
"We are excited to be partnering with Sprint to announce a new portfolio of innovative, differentiated Android-based products that make the mobile experience better for people – whether at home or at work," said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. "These devices showcase our deep insight into consumer needs and harness the power of Sprint's networks."
Motorola's First Sprint 4G Phone
Sprint and Motorola are taking wireless innovation to a new level with Sprint's first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network, Motorola PHOTON 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides on-the-go users with an edge in managing their lives, around the world. Motorola PHOTON 4G offers the perfect blend between personal and business needs and boasts enterprise-quality security for Android, international GSM capabilities, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual cameras and a kickstand for hands-free viewing.
Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Motorola PHOTON 4G, combined with the Sprint 4G Network, lets users browse, download and multitask at blazing-fast speeds to support their busy lifestyles. Motorola PHOTON 4G does it all, providing users with an array of versatile tools, like the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (available for purchase following device availability).
Additional features include:
Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from locations around the globe
Ability to utilise the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (sold separately) to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and government entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns
Dual cameras – 8 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam to store photos and videos directly on the device and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customise the experience
Sprint ID for an easy way to personalise the user experience with apps, widgets, ringtones and more, all in a single download
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks and one while roaming internationally on GSM (Mobile Hotspot capability while roaming internationally on GSM will be delivered through an upcoming software update)
Motorola PHOTON 4G will be available this summer. Pricing, final specifications and a full list of accessories will be provided closer to launch.