Alongside of that big, bad Photon 4G, Sprint and Motorola unveiled a second Android device today. This one’s headed to The Now Network’s little prepaid brother, and while it’s not quite the beast that Photon is, I’d argue it’s possibly a more newsworthy device. Why? The Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile brings some serious specs and one of those trendy giant screens to a contract-free Android smartphone. Laptop docks, kickstands and 4G we’ve seen before, but HDMI-out and a front-facing camera on a prepaid device with full Android Market access? To me, that’s a milestone: Smartphone specs have advanced so far that the playing field is really starting to even out, and the upshot is that you don’t have to sign on for 24 months to get an 0.4″ thin, high-end device.
We’ve yet to hear any word on pricing or release date for Triumph, so I’ll withhold full judgement until we do, and hardcore Fandroids will cry foul at Triumph’s lack of Gingerbread (the device ships with Android 2.2, not the more recent 2.3 update). Still, the device is no slouch, at least on paper, and it’s hard to argue with contract-free monthly plans starting at $25 for 300 voice minutes and unlimited text/data and topping off at $60/month for unlimited voice/data.
Motorola Triumph Tech Specs
- 4.1-inch Display: 800 x 480 (WVGA), Multitouch
- Android 2.2 OS with Flash support
- Size: 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″, Weight: 143 g
- Connectivity: microUSB, 3.5mm , HDMI port
- Dual Cameras: 5MP Rear, VGA Front
- 720p HD Video Capture with HDMI Video Out
- 3G (EVDO Rev A) and Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Bluetooth 2.1
So whaddaya think, Android fans? Would you jump ship from an $80+ monthly plan on one of the big four carriers to save twenty bucks or so each month by using Triumph on Virgin? Why or why not?
P.S.: Bonus points to any of you fans of Canadian power trios who got the pun I made in the headline!