Motorola Photon GHLks

US Cellular just sent out a presser for the upcoming Motorola Electrify, which is basically a rebranded Photon 4G minus WiMax. There's little doubt that this will be US Cellular's flagship device, as it's far-and-above their current highest-spec'd device:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Webtop capable
  • Kickstand
  • Android 2.3

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The Electrify will be available sometime later this month for $199 with a two-year agreement.

Congratulations, US Cellular customers, you just scored a pretty amazing piece of kit.


Android Smartphone Combines Unparalleled Power and Versatility

CHICAGO (September 12, 2011) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) announced today that the Motorola ELECTRIFY™ will join the carrier’s cutting-edge device portfolio later this month. The Android™-powered smartphone is designed to deliver the next generation of multi-media features and a powerhouse dual-core 1GHz processer for 70 percent faster overall performance1 and 75 percent faster browsing than leading single core smartphones2. With a best-in-class display, camera, webcam, loads of software applications and a dedicated media kickstand, customers will be able to seamlessly multi-task throughout the day. The ELECTRIFY will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with purchase of a data plan.

“The ELECTRIFY is more than a “smart” phone,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Its multi-tasking capabilities make it the perfect personal assistant for customers who depend on their smartphone to meet the ever-changing needs of their busy lifestyles. Our commitment to providing a variety of devices that enhance customers’ lives is one of the reasons consumers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless.”

The Motorola ELECTRIFY features a 4.3-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) touchscreen and a kickstand for convenient hands-free viewing of high-quality movies, TV shows and videos. Plus, with HDMI output and full Mirror Mode, customers will be able to connect the ELECTRIFY to any HD screen (via HDMI cable*), so the entire family can enjoy the latest movies or hottest new Android games on their television at home.

The ELECTRIFY’s premium 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and auto photo-enhancing software will allow customers to leave their camera at home and still capture incredible photos and videos. The device also features a front-facing camera for video chat on-the-go. Customers can take and store tons of photos and videos with 16GB of memory on-board that can be expanded to 48GB with a 32GB memory card purchase.

With Motorola’s exclusive webtop application, customers can expand ELECTRIFY’s power to include a larger screen and full keyboard for amazing functionality and productivity.  Plug ELECTRIFY into the Motorola HD Station* and connect to an HD monitor to launch a full Firefox 4.0 browser, simultaneously surf the web, stream music, and run useful apps. Customers will have instant access to personal and corporate e-mails and will be able to download photos and videos in a flash on U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.

Smartphone enthusiasts who switch to U.S. Cellular get unique benefits, like new phones faster without continuously signing contracts, free Battery Swap and valuable rewards points for simply doing things like paying their bill on time and referring friends. Points can be used for new phones faster, additional lines, devices, accessories and ringtones. Several of U.S. Cellular’s value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for smartphone customers. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls. A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular can save more than $1,000 a year with the company’s National Premium Plus family plan.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • theandroidoctor

    Cameron Summerson I hope that you or someone check what you print? The Photon or Electrify has only 8g of internal memory. I know this because I have the photon. Please correct for those who are reading your article thinking about buying the phone.

    • David Ruddock

      Hi there,

      The Photon has 16GB of internal memory, 8GB of which is usable for media and other storage, 4GB of which is usable for apps. The other 4GB is reserved for the Webtop OS.

      There's no need to attack our credibility.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Yup. I own a Photon as well and can confirm this to be the fact. It may say 8GB when you check the available storage, but it actually *is* 16GB. As David said, half of that goes to system storage and such.
        Further proof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_Photon - 16 GB onboard.

  • http://onecoolpixel.com Dr Dave

    Here ya go -


    Aaron's link was off by a "-" :)

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

      Fixed Aaron's link - thanks.

  • isumegrad

    It may be important to note that on Us Cellular's website and on Mororola's website the Electrify is shown to be only 3G; this has also been the response to Facebook fans on the official Us Cellular page confirming it is not a 4G phone.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Ah, yes, let me check... Oh, there it is. In the FIRST SENTENCE.

      "US Cellular just sent out a presser for the upcoming Motorola Electrify, which is basically a rebranded Photon 4G minus WiMax."


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


      • isumegrad

        Yes, I saw that as I am able to read. Of course the Photon 4G would have to be sans WiMax to work on US Cellular's upcoming LTE network. My point was that most reviews or news of the Electrify fail to explicitly state that it is a 3G phone and is without a radio that would allow an upgrade to 4G once US cellular launches their LTE network (US Cellular Facebook reps are confirming this as well as customer support). That might be a nice piece of information to include in a newsbite.

        • Mega


  • Dan

    Wait so the electrify i just bought wont run 4G with US cellulars 4G service when it switches over??? So what was the point??? Son of a B*#@H!!!!!!! That p!$$es me off something furious im gomna be stuck with 3G after the switch????? Its not a rebrand if its not the same EXACT device its a different f*#@in device THAN!!!!!!!

  • http://jruizphoto.blogspot.com Javier Ruiz

    In my Motorola Photon said:
    Internal Storage
    Total Space
    Available Space
    8.58GB (Some app I have already installed)
    Application Storage
    Available Space
    2.56 (Some app I have already installed)
    The phones never comes with 4GB for app.
    Windows Media Sync
    Storage Location
    Internal Storage (8.58GB/8.92GB)