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If you're a Sprint customer who has been waiting for an Android device that incorporates Direct Connect functionality, then the Motorola Admiral has your name written all over it. This Blackberry-esque handset is the first Android-powered device to rock Sprint's push-to-talk functionality, wrapped in a rugged shell:

Pax_Front_1, 7/5/11, 10:42 AM,  8C, 4650x2700 (616+2672), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R69.0, G51.2, B75.9
 Admiral_Dyn_R_vert_Hero_Sprint_m Pax_Back_1, 7/6/11, 2:45 PM,  8C, 4648x2704 (688+2840), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R78.0, G60.2, B84.9

  • 3.1-inch display
  • 1.2GHz single-core processor
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure, and high/low temperature resistant
  • Android 2.3.x

I have to say, I'm actually impressed with the look of this device. It's by far the most elegant looking solution in Sprint's Direct Connect lineup of phones.

The Admiral will be available for preorder on October 23rd for $99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contact, and will land in-stores on November 13th.

First Android-Powered Smartphone with Sprint Direct Connect, Motorola ADMIRAL, Available Oct. 23 for Under $100

Motorola ADMIRAL delivers the gold standard in push-to-talk to the Sprint Network; Boasts Android 2.3, a 3.1-inch touchscreen display with QWERTY keyboard and military spec toughness

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 20, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced the availability of Motorola ADMIRAL™, the first smartphone that boasts Sprint Direct Connect® speed, powered by Android™. It goes on sale in Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and can be ordered at Sprint Stores beginning Sunday, Oct. 23, for $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. It will be available Sunday, Nov. 13, through all Sprint sales channels.

Motorola ADMIRAL features Android 2.3, Gingerbread, a 1.2GHz processor, 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard. It will use the Sprint 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network to provide the gold-standard push-to-talk capabilities of Sprint Direct Connect.

Ready for the toughest conditions, Motorola ADMIRAL is designed to meet Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure and high and low temperatures. Plus, with Corning® Gorilla® Glass®, Motorola ADMIRAL’s touchscreen display is scratch-resistant.

“Motorola ADMIRAL will be the flagship smartphone of Sprint’s all-new Sprint Direct Connect portfolio,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “We know our customers will appreciate this tough Android-powered smartphone that combines 3G data speeds with push-to-talk capabilities. It is designed to offer mobile professionals instant communications and mobile broadband data access when it matters most while being able to withstand the toughest environments.”

“Motorola is excited to bring the first Android-powered smartphone to the Sprint Direct Connect portfolio,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president of sales, Motorola Mobility. “With Motorola ADMIRAL, Direct Connect customers can enjoy the instantaneous connection they have come to expect from a push-to-talk device, along with the speed, durability and security needed to get the job done, wherever the work day may take them.”

Built with business in mind, Motorola ADMIRAL supports Microsoft Exchange and other email systems. It is easy to push delivery of Microsoft Exchange email tailored to the needs of specific users, and with robust calendar capabilities, employees can access the corporate Global Address List to create, edit and share meetings.

Motorola ADMIRAL also has the security features IT departments demand and protects sensitive company data with enhanced on-device security features that can be managed via the existing Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Server, including password support, remote wipe and data encryption, as well as more than 30 other security policies. It offers standard PIN and password lock support, but goes above and beyond to include an alphanumeric requirement, complexity standards, expiration, history and recovery capabilities that are considered best-in-class features for Android-powered smartphones in the industry. Data encryption at rest on the device and microSD card also helps ensure that sensitive company data remains confidential.

Key features of Motorola ADMIRAL include:

  • 1.2GHz processor to unlock full multi-tasking possibilities, including instantaneous page downloads and seamless document editing
  • Quickoffice® to view and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe® PDF documents anywhere, anytime
  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, flash and 4x zoom
  • Full suite of Google mobile services, including Google Maps™, Google Talk™, Gmail™, Google Voice™ and YouTube™
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 250,000 applications, widgets and games
  • Adobe® Flash® Player to enjoy games, interactive web apps and websites with technical or training videos
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4GB internal memory with option to increase with up to 32GB micro SD card
  • Connected music player with access to all your favorite artists, including live, personalized recommendations for songs and videos, as well as news and event updates from the world of music

Sprint Direct Connect is a portfolio of push-to-talk services that allow individuals and groups to get more done – quickly and easily with just the push of a button. Among the initial Sprint Direct Connect services:

  • Sprint Direct Connect – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms.
  • Guaranteed Talk Permit – The assurance that when you hear the push-to-talk “chirp” that your call was successfully transmitted.
  • Call Alert with TextSend an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
  • Group Connect® – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
  • TeamDCSM – Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide2.
  • NextMail® – Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.
  • Availability Notification – Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.

With more than 18 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in push-to-talk, serving the world’s largest push-to-talk community with millions of Direct Connect subscribers. Direct Connect from Sprint has set the industry standard for push-to-talk worldwide.

A pioneer in push-to-talk technology, Motorola Mobility has been providing devices for the push-to-talk community since the network’s inception. With the introduction of Direct Connect from Sprint, Motorola Mobility continues to innovate and provide reliable and compelling products that utilize the latest push-to-talk solutions.

Motorola ADMIRAL requires activation on a plan with unlimited data. Sprint Business customers may be eligible to activate Motorola ADMIRAL on a Sprint Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan, starting at just $59.99 per month plus required $10 per month Premium Data add-on for smartphones. Business Advantage Messaging and Data plans include Any Mobile, AnytimeSM for unlimited calling to and from any mobile in America, plus unlimited web, texting and Direct Connect.

For consumers, Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, Anytime includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 per month Premium Data add-on for smartphones and $5 Direct Connect add-on. Simply Everything delivers unlimited web, texting, calling and Direct Connect for $99.99 per month plus required $10 per month Premium Data add-on for smartphones.

The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously with up to 5GB of data while on the Sprint network3. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

For more information about Motorola ADMIRAL and Sprint Direct Connect, visit www.sprint.com/sprintdirectconnect.

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.

  • Adrian Greer

    I am assuming that by Sprint PTT, and you mean Nextel... My mother in law already has a Sprint (Netel). Phone Cards running Android (1. 6). Because Are they saying that this will be the first one under $100?

    • Cameron Summerson

      No. Sprint Direct Connect and Nextel Direct Connect aren't the same thing.

      • JayMonster

        ah... THAT is the difference. I was trying to figure out what they were talking about by "first" since the Motorola i1 had DirectConnect, but that was on Boost Mobile and that was iDen.

        • VonLaserface

          The i1 is available on Sprint too, they'll give you bulk pricing by the pound if you ask nice.

          I think both people to purchase one thus far have returned it.

  • Uphor8

    1.2 GHz - not bad for a candy bar phone, but still - it's not dual-core. Either way bye-bye RIM.

  • mrbrooks418

    Awwweeeee, look. They made and Android phone with "beep, beep"....... Lmao.

  • Hans

    But, I thought we had all gone over to torrents? =)

  • Jaz

    This phone looks nice, especially for the companies that rely on nextel. Now they'll have the same ptt experience with better coverage and 3g speeds, not to mention a nice android phone. The new ptt from sprint has gotten great reviews and it should expand coverage 3x as much as nextel did.

  • Courtney

    I hope this comes to Boost too. I work at a satellite store and peolple constantly request an Iden with push to talk. The I1 was full of fail.

  • JayMonster

    But this is NOT iDen. Does Boost work with the new SprintConnect?

    • VonLaserface

      The new PTT does still connect with Boost phones and Nextel phones, at least for the time being.

      Based on the few chances I've had to play around with it I'm really impressed. It connects almost instantly (no more "finding the subscriber you are looking for") and the sound quality is great. Nextel always felt clunky to me but this is pretty smooth.

      They'd be missing a big opportunity if they didn't get this feature in a handful of higher end Androids.