Sprint and Motorola officially took the wraps off of the Photon 4G today at an event in New York City. The new phone follows in the footsteps of the Motorola Atrix and its abilities to dock with a laptop accessory to turn it into a form of netbook/smartphone hybrid.
The Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph are the first of ten new handsets coming to Sprint this year as the two companies renew a relationship that had gone by the wayside over the past few years. The phones will be spread over the Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and all of the new phones are due for release before the end of the year.
Despite the official announcement today, there is still no word on the release date beyond it being some time this summer. The original date we heard when this event was first announced was some time in July, so there is no reason to believe that has changed. There is also still no word on what the price for the phone or its accessories will run, but the release does state that information will be released closer to the launch date.
Totally disregarding the dock situation, and looking at this simply as a phone, it looks like a solid Android device. With a dual-core processor, plenty of built-in memory with generous room for expansion via SD cards and WiMax support, it looks as though this would be an excellent choice for someone on the hunt for a high-end phone on the Sprint network.
Photon 4G Tech Specs
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor
- 4.3-inch qHD Display (960 x 540)
- 2.6 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches (66.9mm x 126.9mm x 12.2mm)
- 5.6 oz (158 grams)
- International GSM capabilities
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
- WiMax Support
- 1 GB DDR2 RAM
- 16GB of on board memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card
- 8MP rear camera with 720p HD video capture
- VGA front-facing camera
- HDMI output up to 1080p
- Latest Build of MotoBlur
- Soft-Grip Back with Metal Kickstand
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Atrix-style Laptop Dock
- Corporate (MS Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP & IMAP) email access
- GPS navigation enabled
- 1700 mAh Lithium-ion battery
What do you think? Are you interested in the Photon 4G?