Motorola Photon 4G

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.

Why should you care about having an unlocked bootloader? If you're the type who likes to tinker, it's a much-desired feature.

And another one that should get you excited: The Photon 4G sports Gorilla Glass. That's the uber-scratch-resistant kind of display that, frankly, should be on every smartphone. Nicely done, Moto!