Sprint Wireless joins Nvidia Tegra 2 fun today.
Motorola’s first dual-core Android smartphone for Sprint now available.
Sprint Wireless is finally a member of the Nvidia dual-core Android family after launching its first Tegra 2 powered Android smartphone today, the Motorola Photon 4G — or considered by some as the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone of the WiMax carrier.
The Motorola Photon 4G is sporting a tag price of $199.99 (with a two-year contract agreement), while some third-party retailers are selling the phone with 20% discount. The new Moto phone is the one of the latest bets of Motorola Mobility against the growing smartphone market share of Apple inc. Under the hood, the Photon 4G is an almost pure-blooded Android device with Gingerbread 2.3 below the new Motorola skin that other phones are also using like the Droid 3 and the new Gingerbread UI of the Atrix 4G.
Aside from the Nvidia processor and Android Gingerbread, the new Photon 4G is also offering compatibility with optional accessories like the Webtop and the LapDock that can transform the phone into a new Motorola netbook computer. The Photon 4G is also packed with a kickstand and can shoot high-quality videos and photos with the 8 megapixel rear camera can receive or start a video call courtesy of the front-facing VGA camera.
When it comes to design, it’s quite obvious that Motorola is starting the embrace the fancier side of the smartphone business with the hexagonal shape. Sprint Wireless is promoting the Photon 4G as a “gaming device” with a tag line “The gaming guru’s weapon of choice” with a promotional video showcasing the application execution power of the new Moto device. I embedded the video below for your convenience.
So, is this the phone that we’ve all been waiting for? Maybe. Here’s a little reminder though, Motorola is also expected to introduce a new smartphone but under the Verizon banner, the Motorola Droid Bionic which will include the 4G LTE or Long Term Evolution technology that is theoretically faster than WiMax. But if you love Sprint Wireless and love to travel, then the Photon 4G is a perfect device because it is a “world phone” that accepts international SIM cards.
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