This morning Sprint invited us to a media luncheon in New York City on June 9. This afternoon a very well positioned source (who requested anonymity) spilled the beans on why Sprint and Motorola are taking the press out to lunch: Photon 4G.
Sprint will unveil multiple devices at the event early next month, likely including a WiMax-enabled version of the Motorola Xoom Android tablet. But top billing will go to the Photon 4G, an “Atrix 2.0″ smartphone/mobile-computer with an NVIDIA Tegra 2-dual-core processor and WiMax radio. The phone will, of course, run Google’s Android OS. Our source confirmed the following specs:
Photon 4G Tech Specs
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 4.3″ qHD Display (960 x 540)
- WiMax Support
- 1 GB RAM
- 8MP Camera
- Latest Build of MotoBlur (as seen on Droid X2)
- Soft-Grip Back with Metal Kickstand
- Atrix-style Laptop Dock
- Target Ship Date of July
This isn’t really a shocker, considering how Motorola positioned Atrix 4G as their vision of mobile computing. Even though Atrix hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since its launch on AT&T, Moto wouldn’t have designed and produced such an involved phone/dock/software system unless they planned to deploy multiple verisons of it across multiple carriers. Interestingly, our source would only confirm a laptop dock as in the works for Photon, even though both laptop and multimedia docks are available for Atrix.
UPDATE: This is my next… is upping the stakes here with a report that “Codename: Sunfire” will also sport a GSM radio for global roaming. Photon 4G as a world phone? Can’t hurt, right?