Today's event killed two birds with one stone, with Sprint and Motorola unveiling both the Photon 4G and the Triumph, the latter a seriously respectable device headed to Virgin Mobile. It's being called one of the best phones available for prepaid customers and it's got the specs to prove it: 4.1 inch WVGA display with 800x480 resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 MP rear camera with 720 video capture, VGA front facing video camera, 512 MB RAM, and HDMI out, all stuffed into an impossibly thin package. It's got "Virgin Mobile Live", the carrier's video and music streaming software, and it ships with Android 2.2 Froyo. But wait, did we mention this bad boy is Blur-free? That's right-- you've got a Vanilla Froyo experience on Virgin Mobile. Pretty cool, huh? Hit the break for pics.
We've been all over the LG Optimus Black in the past -- we gave it a full run through in our review but we now know that it will be making its way to Telus in Canada. Telus has done some special customization with their release though -- they've managed to team up with Skype to offer a special "Skype edition".
Of course, all that really breaks down to is that Skype comes pre-loaded and you can charge Skype credits right to your TELUS account but still -- that's pretty cool in our books. As it stands right now, Telus hasn't issued a date for release but they now have the splash page up announcing the device, which we take as a good sign that it will be sooner rather than later.
Update: We've spoken with Motorola PR, who tells us the Photon does not have an unlocked bootloader, and the rep who initially told us otherwise was in error. Please read the full story here.
One of the more exciting (if extremely nerdy) specs to come out of today's Sprint Motorola Photon 4G event (see our hands-on) is that the upcoming Android smartphone indeed will ship with an unlocked bootloader. While we don't actually have a shipping date for the Photon just yet, it does sound like we'll see a Moto device with an unlocked bootloader sooner rather than later -- and well ahead of the "late 2011" time frame we'd previously been given.
The Motorola Photon 4G is here, and we got a nice up-close look at it today in New York City. CEOs of Sprint and Motorola Mobility, Dan Hesse and Sanjay Jha respectively, took the opportunity to reiterate their companies' commitment to each other, promising ten new devices within the next year.
The Photon 4G has a beautiful 4.3 inch qHD display, a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, WiMAX connectivity, and it's webtop ready. It's a world phone, and it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at release. It's got the same Blur you've all come to love, which Sprint execs lauded for its enterprise-friendly security features. And contain your excitement: Motorola reps have said that it does NOT, I repeat does NOT have a locked bootloader. Is Motorola reconciling with the developer community? EDIT: Looks like some of the reps at today's event weren't on the same page as Motorola, as the company has backtracked and said that the Photon does indeed come with a locked bootloader. Bummer. Check the pics and the video after the break.
We've heard rumors aplenty about the Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Canada in the past. In fact, Samsung themselves have stated it would be coming soon, but they never mentioned as to when, exactly or to what carrier it going once released. The latest info is suggesting an early Q3 release but most recently Samsung Canada has updated their Galaxy S II site to once again reflect the "coming soon" sentiment. If we had to take a stab in the dark we'd say it's likely we'll see a variation of the device on Rogers, Bell and TELUS with likely Bell and TELUS getting dibs on the initial release. But we'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out for Samsung. Stay tuned!
3G/4G Handset – The latest arrival to America’s favorite 4G network
1GHz dual-core NVIDIA®Tegra™2 Processor for quick downloads and app performance
4.3” qHD touchscreen for cinematic viewing with kickstand
Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread operating system
International GSM capabilities
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices (additional fee required)
Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
Messaging – personal and business email, Google TalkTM instant message and text
Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with
apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download
GPS navigation enabled
Dual cameras – 8 megapixel HD video capture camera and VGA front-facing camera
720P HD Video capture and the ability to output HD video (1080P) via HDMI
Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
HD Multimedia Dock* and Car Dock* for a truly unique handset experience
16GB of on board memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
Dimensions: 2.6 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches (66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm)
Weight: 5.6 oz (158 grams)
Display: 4.3-inch qHD 540x960
Memory: 16GB eMMC ROM/1GB DDR2 RAM
Battery Specifications: 1700 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Talktime: CDMA: up to 10 hours; WDCDMA: up to 9.1 hours; GSM up to 10.4 hours
Sprint today in New York City announced the long-rumored Motorola Photon. The 4.3-inch Android smartphone runs Gingerbread, sports an 8MP camera on the back, VGA camera on the front, mobile hotspot and Wimax. Under the hood, it's got a dual-core Tegra 2 processor.
It's Motorola's first 4G phone, beating out the delayed Droid Bionic on Verizon.
It's got 16GB of on-board storage, and you can add up to a 32GB microSD card for up to 48GB of storage. On top of that, it's a world phone, so you'll be able to use it on 3G GSM networks outside the United States. The Photon also sports a 1700mAh battery.
Just a quick reminder that we're lunching with Sprint and Motorola at a little event here in New York City. Will we see the long-rumored Photon? (That's a code name, remember.) Something else? And, most imortant, what are we eating? All that in more in the coming minutes, folks.
When I look at the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC EVO 4G, I think it's definitely for the most rough-and-tumble of Android users out there. This is for the types who need to check their email while scaling a mountainside, the people who send a text while skydiving, or those prone to dropping their phones on the ground (a lot). Or not.
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