Sprint is apparently gearing up to have a high-end Motorola Android offering of its own, not wanting Verizon to get all that action. Phandroid has heard that the device will be called Photon 4G, and will resemble the Droid X and Droid X2 for Verizon, which probably means it will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Expect the resolution to be qHD (960×540). It will also have at least an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, if not something more powerful, and, as its name clearly implies, WiMax connectivity (also known as Sprint’s flavor of ’4G’).
The handset’s model number is MB855 and it has already received Wi-Fi certification last month. It may also have passed through the FCC. Release is rumored to happen within the next couple of months, and the official announcement may come on June 9, when, according to Android Community and many other media outlets, Sprint is having an event.
Not any event, that is, but one where it will give “hands-on demonstrations of Sprint and Motorola’s latest collaborations”. That pretty much spells out “new phone announcement” in PR speak, so all of the above seems very plausible.
If indeed Sprint will announce the Photon 4G, it’s quite amazing that we haven’t seen one leak about this device yet. However, that will probably change, and fast, if it is going to be launched. So stay tuned, and, if you’re a Sprint customer looking to upgrade to a high-end Android smartphone, perhaps wait until June 9. You may regret going for another handset if the Photon really is going to be all it’s rumored to.
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