Motorola Photon GHLks

Motorola and Sprint teamed up for a press conference in NYC today, where they announced Sprint's newest beast of a phone: the Photon 4G. Check it out:

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  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, VGA front facing camera
  • Kickstand
  • Global-ready
  • WiMax
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Advanced, enterprise level IT security
  • Gingerbread
  • Webtop capable

This phone was previously rumored to be "the Atrix for Sprint," but while the general look of the device is quite similar, the Photon seems to be more of an evolution and less a rebranding. Judging by the pictures, it also looks to be rocking the newest version of Blur (the same one that we saw in the leaked Droid 3 videos).


The Photon also features the ability to use a Wiimote as a wireless game controller for you device, which is infinitely awesome. Take a look:

The Photon 4G will be available sometime "this summer" - but there is no word on official pricing at this point.

Update: To watch the full press conference, and see Motorola's official promo video for the Photon, have a look here.

Full press release:

Motorola’s First Sprint 4G Phone

Sprint and Motorola are taking wireless innovation to a new level with Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone on the Sprint 4G Network, Motorola PHOTON 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides on-the-go users with an edge in managing their lives, around the world. Motorola PHOTON 4G offers the perfect blend between personal and business needs and boasts enterprise-quality security for Android, international GSM capabilities, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual cameras and a kickstand for hands-free viewing.

Built with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, Motorola PHOTON 4G, combined with the Sprint 4G Network, lets users browse, download and multitask at blazing-fast speeds to support their busy lifestyles. Motorola PHOTON 4G does it all, providing users with an array of versatile tools, like the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (available for purchase following device availability).

Additional features include:

  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam to store photos and videos directly on the device and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Sprint ID for an easy way to personalize the user experience with apps, widgets, ringtones and more, all in a single download
  • 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks and one while roaming internationally on GSM (Mobile Hotspot capability while roaming internationally on GSM will be delivered through an upcoming software update)
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (sold separately) to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and government entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns

Motorola PHOTON 4G will be available this summer. Pricing, final specifications and a full list of accessories will be provided closer to launch.

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Hmm, a global Tegra 2 4G device with Gingerbread. Throw in an unlockable bootloader, so that I can get rid of the BLUR, and you've got yourself a pretty damn sexy product.

    • Phil Oakley

      If I was in America, I'd trade my Sensation in and get this!

  • Chris

    Nice to see qHD resolution and lots of RAM is catching on, but 1 GHz dual-core processor is starting to look slow compared to the 1.2 GHz models being put out by Qualcomm and Samsung. I know clock speeds aren't directly comparable between different designs, and that as in computers, GPUs are becoming more important, but it strikes me almost as being like those 800 MHz phones that came out after 1 GHz became the standard last year.

    The advertised security features are of interest though. Not much use to me directly since I'm still a student without a paying job, but if Android phone makers can make a serious push into the security marketplace, moreso than the limited efforts thus far, then they could have Blackberry on the ropes. It's the only truly exclusive feature it has left.

    • Jaz

      Android has already made a big push in security. Android os was chosen by the us military to supply all phones to military personnel due to its security features that are going to be introduced in the next os(not gingerbread). Rumor is they are as secure as blackberry but with the usefulness and ease of android.

      • Chris

        Security hasn't been really emphasized across the board, and Android doesn't really have anything to match Blackberry Enterprise Server, at least at master level. Third-party developers and vendors may ship their own security software, but very little ado has been made about Android's native security features.

  • JAG

    If thats an unlocked phone, I think I'll be getting it.

    But I like it anyway, I like new Blur also, its not like before!

  • SiliconAddict

    No keyboard. ;_;

  • http://extremeshowoff.com Sener

    I like this way better than the Evo 3D. At least this has Nividia proccessors... More memory too!

  • Lucian Armasu

    They need to get rid of Webtop it's useless. Just make it show the Honeycomb UI when you connect to a laptop or PC screen. Much simpler and it doesn't use as many resources as running 2 OS's in the same time.
    Also, can't wait until we see some Google TV's with Kal-el and gamepad/controller support! Android will soon become a console platform. It could also work by just docking your phone to the TV, and show the Google TV UI.
    I've said it before, the Honeycomb UI and Google TV UI need to be made as add-ons for the core Android and appear once you dock them to either a PC monitor or a TV.

  • Jaz

    This is really making me think twice before buying the evo3d. Its too bad motorola has locked bootloaders and are a pain when it comes to rooting. I will stick with htc sense and htc. Plus I don't travel as much out of the country and I don't need IT style security on my email at work right now. Maybe if they threw in a fingerprint scanner too. Right now htc makes a great phone with great ui compared to motorola.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I simply can't stop laughing every time I turn around something new and high powered gets announced on sprint. Honestly sprint has been taking all the other carriers behind the wood shed and have commenced to wipping carrier butt. It's truly sad what you see on Verizon and they have the outright NERVE to be asking for 250 and 300 dollars for single core 2010 devices with the same specs as my current Evo 4g. Then you turn around and see what tmobile and sprint are doing with dualcore devices on there networks and you scratch your head..WHO'S FOOLING WHO HERE???? Point blank if your not toting around a Android based sprint device then your simply OUT OF THE GAME OF TECHNOLOGY...

    • Chris

      Well, either you're trolling or you're out of the game yourself; of the four flagship phones listed in AP's own poll, two are non-exclusive and were released elsewhere first. The other two basically have the same specs as each other, except that one has a 3D camera.

      The Sensation is on par with both of those phones, and the Optimus 3D is slated for AT&T with similar specs to the EVO 3D, including 3D camera. The Thunderbolt may not be the beefiest phone in hardware, but it crushes WiMAX in actual connection speeds.

      I think it's time to put down the Kool-Aid.

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    • JAG

      I think you are wrong dude, this has some better features

  • Zero

    how about the battery life?

  • Kane

    Kickstand, hell yeah!!!!

  • wolfie

    That's the damn phone the dx2 should of ben.....

    Wolfs and licks all.