Motorola i886We broke this news to you way back in October, and Sprint this morning officially announced the Motorola i886, a horizontal sliding keyboard device with Nextel Direct Connect that meets military 810G specs for ruggedness. It's got a 2.2-inch display at 240x320, 2MP camera with digital zoom, GPS, Blueooth 2.1+EDR, comes with a 2GB microSD card, a 1380mAh battery and weighs 4.98 ounces.

The phone runs an unannounced version of Android and of course has the usual Android-style buttons tucked away on its front keypad.

The i886 has full access to the web and e-mail, including POP3, IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync protocols. SMS in on board, of course, and you get all of the Nextel Direct Connect features, including group messaging.

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The Motorola i886 is available for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract. Full presser's after the break.

Motorola i886
Built tough and slim – boasting a full QWERTY keyboard & the power of direct-connect

Motorola i886 is the first handset with a side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard and Nextel Direct Connect®. The combination of texting, email and Nextel Direct Connect make this device the ultimate tool for instant communication. As an added bonus, it’s built tough to meet Military specification 810G requirements for dust, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, low pressure and solar radiation, all while maintaining a slim profile! Motorola i886 supports all the Nextel Direct Connect features, including Direct SendSM, Direct TalkSM, Group Connect® and Next Mail®. It is also equipped with a 2MP camera, stereo Bluetooth®, MP3 player, group messaging and GPS.

• Direct Connect for instant, one-to-one push-to-talk communication nationwide with any other Nextel Direct Connect subscriber
• Group Connect to communicate or coordinate activities with up to 20 other Nextel Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide
• International Direct ConnectSM lets you instantly connect from the United States to users in other eligible countries, including Canada and Mexico, and lets you make and receive push-to-talk calls while travelling in those countries
• Direct Talk offers a reliable backup all-digital, off-network, push-to-talk service that works anywhere, anytime between compatible phones for short-range communications (range will vary based on terrain and conditions and in-building performance)
• Direct Send sends pictures or contact information to other Direct Send-capable phones using the Direct Connect button
• Group Messaging to send messages to groups of up to 20 people at the same time
• NextMail lets you send voice messages to any email address to document and track activity using the Direct Connect button

• Rugged design meets Military specification 810G requirements for dust, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, low pressure and solar radiation
• Sliding design with full QWERTY keyboard
• Access to email, including Exchange ActiveSync, POP3 and IMAP
• Instantly send and receive SMS text messages across the room or across the country
• Send or receive Multimedia Messages (either audio, images, text, or all three in the same message) to or from email addresses and other capable users
• 2.0 megapixel camera and camcorder with digital zoom
• Built-in MP3 player
• GPS Navigation enabled
• Advanced Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology 2.1 with EDR
• Supports up to 32 GB MicroSD card (2 GB card included)

• Dimensions: 4.58 inches x 2.01 inches by 0.73 inches (116.3 mm x 51.1 mm x 18.5 mm)
• Weight: 4.98 ounces (141.2 grams)
• Display: 2.2-inch 65K TFT (240 x 320)
• Battery Specifications: 1380 mAh Lithium-ion
• Talk Time: up to 4.08 hours talk time1