Sprint intros Android-based Samsung Transform, LG Optimus S and Sanyo Zio
The new handsets (Samsung Transform, LG Optimus S and Kyocera Sanyo Zio) are Android-based and come with Sprint ID, which “allows users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once. Packs are designed to meet customers’ interests – for instance, whether they are a sports fan, fitness fanatic or auto enthusiast.”
The Transform is pretty much a smaller Samsung Epic 4G (sans 4G and without too many high-end features). It has a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, GPS, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 800MHz processor, front-facing VGA camera for video chat, and a 3.2MP photo camera on the back.
The Samsung Transform runs Android 2.1, but it will be upgraded to 2.2 Froyo later this year. Sprint will sell the smartphone starting October 10 for $149.99 on contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).
Also available starting October 10, the Sanyo Zio will cost $99.99 on contract, coming with Android 2.1, a 3.5 inch WVGA display, GPS, Wi-Fi,and 3.2MP autofocus camera.
Like T-Mobile’s Optimus T, Sprint’s LG Optimus S is a modified Optimus One. Hence, it features Android 2.2 Froyo (thumbs up to LG for that), 3.2 inch HVGA display, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.2MP camera.
The Optimus S will be available at Sprint starting October 30 for $49.99 on contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).