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Sprint Gives The Motorola Photon 4G A Release Date And Price– Coming July 31st For $199

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Ever since we wrote about the Photon 4G in our top upcoming Sprint phones post a lot of you have asked when this phone will finally come out and for how much. Well, today we finally got the answer to those questions with an official price and release date. Well, the Photon 4G will be available sooner than you thinkcoming at the end of this month, July 31st, for the as expected $199.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Photon 4G is kinda like the recently released HTC EVO 3D just without the 3D part. It’s a beast of a phone with specs like a 4.3 inch qHD screen (not 3D but still very, very nice and a screen that should make everything you view on it look amazing)1 GHZ dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB of RAM (again, for awesome speed)8 megapixel back camera with front camera for video chat, kickstand, and the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with custom Motorola UI on top. The Photon 4G can also be docked into a “HD Station” so you can connect the Photon 4G to a larger screen and use its Webtop OS with Firefox browser (this is the same OS that allows the AT&T Atrix 4G to turn into a “laptop” when it’s docked in its laptop dock). Unfortunately there’s no word on if the Photon  4G will get is own laptop dock (it’s slightly bigger screen makes it too big to fit into the Atrix’s), but if there is one we’ll make sure you know about it.

We saw the Photon 4G for ourselves a few weeks ago and we were very impressed. If you want a powerful Sprint phone and don’t want the 3D of the EVO 3D, this is definitely worth waiting for.

So, what’s it gonna be: Photon 4G, EVO 3D or are you waiting for a different phone to be your next Sprint phone? Sound off in the comments.

For more info on the Photon 4G check out Sprint’s site here.

Top 5 Upcoming Sprint Phones: Summer 2011

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We covered AT&T and Verizon a little while ago but now it’s time to cover the next big carrier on our list: Sprint.

So Sprint users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks/months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what Sprint’s got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to Sprint (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to Sprint that if you have an upgrade should be really excited for (and trust us– they’re really good).

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Sprint Launching HTC EVO 3D On June 24th

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On Sprint and waiting anxiously for any news on when their 3D superphone– the HTC EVO 3D— will be coming out? You can relax now as HTC and Sprint have finally released the final two bits of info on this 3D beast: it’ll be available starting June 24th for $199.99 on with the usual new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the EVO 3D is the successor to the very popular EVO 4G released last year and the first glasses-free 3D phone to be released in the US. Like the EVO 4G it’s a pretty powerful phone with a 4.3 inch qHD high-res glasses-free 3D screen (so it’ll look amazing whether you’re viewing 3D pics, games and videos or 2D everything else. It’ll also come with the “The Green Hornet 3D” movie and a demo of  the game “Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D” pre-loaded so you can see view its 3D goodness right when you get it), dual 5 megapixel cameras to capture videos in 3D (or full HD 1080p when not in 3D mode), front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest HTC Sense 3.0dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and of course 4G.

We checked out the EVO 3D at CTIA when it was announced and we were very impressed with what we saw. Everything was fast and the 3D screen looked great. You can see our full first look here, but if you’re on Sprint and looking for a powerful 4G phone you should definitely wait a couple of weeks to check this out.

Sprint Planning Some Major Announcements For Next Tuesday?

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Looking for a new Sprint phone? If we were you we’d hold off on that for a few more days. With CTIA 2011 (CTIA is where a lot of the new cell phones for the US are announced, kinda like CES just completely focused on cell phones and tablets) set to kick off next Tuesday, Sprint has sent out invites for an “exclusive event.”

Now we’re sure you wondering right now: what does this all mean, and more importantly what new device(s) are they about to show off? Well, if the rumors are any indication, Sprint is about to unveil some seriously insane and awesome stuff. Rumors have been saying the event (which is slated to run an insane 2 and a half hours!) will include the next generation of the incredibly popular EVO 4G (which just so happens to have been announced at CTIA last year) possibly called the EVO 3D (yes, that would mean this phone would pack 3D!), an HTC EVO View 4G tablet (possibly an Android tablet with 10 inch screen), and a Sprint 4G version of Samsung’s Nexus S.  Yeah, things look to be incredible indeed.

We’ll be live all week next week from CTIA in Orlando and will be at Sprint’s event, so make sure to check back here for everything you’re gonna want and need to know.

Sprint Kicks Off CES Week With 3rd 4G Phone, the HTC EVO Shift 4G

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It’s been awhile since Sprint last released a 4G phone– almost 5 months since their last one, the Samsung Epic 4G. Obviously with 4G getting even more popular (and competitive) thanks to Verizon and T-Mobile’s new 4G networks, we expect 2011 to be a huge year for 4G phones– and Sprint of course looks to continue its lead in 4G phones, announcing their 3rd 4G phone, the HTC EVO Shift 4G.

This phone is pretty much a mix of the wildly popular EVO 4G and Epic 4G, taking pieces from both and putting it in a nice, simple design. Specs include:

  • A full slide out QWERTY keyboard (like the Epic)
  • Android 2.2 with HTC Sense— Like the EVO, with all the usual assortment of standard Android apps like the Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube as well as Sprint apps like Sprint Mobile TV all pre-loaded.
  • 3.6 inch touchscreen— A step down in size from the EVO’s massive 4.3 inch and Epic’s 4 inch screen, but this does keep the same resolution of 800 x 480 so everything will still look just as sharp, clear and amazing as on those beasts.
  • 800 MHZ processor– To keep things running smoothly. Again, not as fast as the EVO and Epic’s respective 1 GHZ processors, but should be more than enough for browsing the web, watching some YouTube, texting and playing Angry Birds.

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  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording– Like on the Epic, though for some reason there’s no front camera for video chat. You’d think (and expect) that since it’s a 4G phone and takes so much from the EVO and Epic that it would have this too…
  • microSD card slot— With a 2 GB card included in the box (upgradeable to 32 GB).
  • And of course, 3G, 4G, WiFi and GPS

At $149.99 it’s the cheapest 4G phone at launch yet, though that $50 here does seem to be a big difference in what you’re getting when compared to the $200 EVO or even the $249 Epic– with both offering much more bang for the buck in their bigger screens, front cameras and faster processors. And with places like Amazon offering both of those phones for only $99.99 on 2 new year contract (see here for Epic and here for EVO. UPDATE: as commenter kweenb points out, when upgrading from a current Sprint contract, Amazon charges $179.99 for the EVO and $199.99 for the Epic— why we don’t know. The $99.99 price we saw is when buying either of the phones as a new Sprint customer. And if you are looking for an EVO, you may also want to check out Radio Shack, whose offering on upgrade an EVO for the same $149.99 as the EVO Shift 4G), we’d recommend you look there before going for this (that, or wait a couple of weeks to see if Sprint drops the price on this closer to that level).

The HTC EVO Shift 4G launches this Sunday, January 9th, for $149.99 on a new 2 year contract with Sprint data plan and additional $1o a month 4G  “premium data” add-on (still required for all 4G Sprint phones). Full specs and more info can be found at Sprint’s site here.

Sprint Announcing a 4G Phone This Week?

A rumored shot of the 4G packin HTC Supersonic for Sprint

Ok Sprint users– you can now think of this past week as an awesome one. Not only was it announced that you guys will soon be getting the Nexus One, but if these rumors are true– then we got for you something that will make that look like a toy. So what could possibly upstage news of the “Google Phone” coming to Sprint? Try the first US 4G phone! Yes, you read that right– a 4G phone!

As we know, for the past 2 years Sprint has been working hard on the rollout of their upcoming 4G network all across the US– already covering major cities such as Baltimore, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Chicago (just to name a few); with others like New York, Boston and San Francisco said to be on the way in the “near future.” So with all that ever-expanding 4G coverage and only 2 data modems– like the Overdrive— being the only devices able to use it, it would make sense for Sprint to be preparing to launch a 4G phone to really kick off the 4G party (particularly with Verizon and AT&T beginning their 4G rollouts later this year/early next year).

So what could this first 4G phone possibly be? Obviously it has to be something insane, and from what this looks to be– we can definitely see this being it. Pix and info are pointing to an all touchscreen, Android 2.1 running phone called the HTC Supersonic (maybe the name has to do with the “super fast” 4G speeds?) to do the honors as the first Sprint 4G phone. The Supersonic is also said to be packing HTC’s latest and greatest version of it’s Sense UI (as we saw back at MWC), a 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor (as seen on the Nexus One), a 5 megapixel camera, and a 4.3 inch touchscreen (like on the HD2). All this in a very slim and sleek design as you see in a rumored shot of the device above.

Now those are just some rumored specs on the device (remember– until we hear official word from Sprint or HTC that’s all we can say this is), but according to the Wall Street Journal, we shouldn’t have to wait to long for this to all become official as Sprint is expected to do so this week at CTIA (think of CTIA as a part 2 of the big cell phone shows along with MWC, just this is taking place in Las Vegas and with more of a focus for US phones. This was where the AT&T Samsung Impression was announced last year for example).

We’ll of course have all things CTIA covered for you when the event takes place this Tuesday through Thursday– so stay tuned and keep checking back!

Pic and info from Phone Arena

4G Coming to Sprint's Palm Pre?

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Palm Pre– getting 4G?

I was at Best Buy the other day, and Iwas talking with a Best Buy Mobile (Best Buy’s cell phone department) guy. We talked about a lot of upcoming phones, and he shared with me something about the Palm Pre which, if true, would be absolutely awesome– think something that can really kill the iPhone! This news is really big if true, so big that we’re devoting a seperate post to it instead of putting it in the Upcoming Sprint phones post we wrote! Read on for all the details! Read the rest of this entry

4G Coming to Sprint’s Palm Pre?

palm-pre-21

Palm Pre– getting 4G?

I was at Best Buy the other day, and Iwas talking with a Best Buy Mobile (Best Buy’s cell phone department) guy. We talked about a lot of upcoming phones, and he shared with me something about the Palm Pre which, if true, would be absolutely awesome– think something that can really kill the iPhone! This news is really big if true, so big that we’re devoting a seperate post to it instead of putting it in the Upcoming Sprint phones post we wrote! Read on for all the details! Read the rest of this entry