By Corey A. Washington –
It’s important to give credit where credit is due, which is why you have to hand it to Sprint for breaking ground again. After being the first major carrier in the U.S. to offer a 4G smartphone last year, the HTC Evo 4G, Sprint is getting ready to introduce the first international 4G smartphone, the Motorola Photon 4G.
On July 31, the Motorola Photon 4G will hit stores, becoming the sixth 4G handset available by Sprint. While Sprint already has several impressive 4G smartphones running on Google’s Android , the Photon is poised to stand out in the crowd for several good reasons.
The HTC Evo 4G was transformative for Sprint. It quickly turned into one of the most popular smartphones, selling out at many retailers quickly. But it’s been over a year since the smartphone debuted. The highly-anticipated HTC Evo 3D could have been a clear successor, but there’s a big question mark on whether 3D is just a fad with more appeal in a movie theater than in a smartphone.
Sprint also offers one of the most coveted Android smartphones available, the Samsung Nexus S, considered by many as the most “pure” Google experience on an Android handset. However, overwhelming praise for the Nexus S has come from within the developer community. Although the Nexus S is a powerful phone and a formidable handset, it has also earned its share of criticism for several bugs after it hit the market. While bugs do happen -- and get fixed -- the Nexus S didn’t duplicate the same fanfare of, oh say, the HTC Evo 4G.
In comes the Motorola Photon 4G, without the same niche appeal as the Nexus S or the optional 3D ability as the HTC Evo 3D. On top of that, it’s a handset that could be used overseas.
That alone shows the Motorola Photon has a lot going for itself already, particularly as a 4G device. But the handset also boasts some very impressive hardware specs and features if you‘re not convinced. The Motorola Photon 4G is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera, an HDMI port, and, in HTC Evo fashion, a handy kickstand. Out of the box, the handset will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Photon will also hit the market with the latest version of Motorola’s UI, MotoBlur.
The Motorola Photon 4G is expected to price around $200 on contract and about $600 without contract. The phone hits shelves July 31, but Sprint Premier customers can get their hands on it 3 days sooner than everyone else. The Motorola Photon 4G just might be the newest high-end smartphone contender that consumers are waiting on from Sprint.
Corey Washington is a contributing writer covering technology for Black Voice News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.