Android Phones

Sprint announces two new Motorola Android phones for business users

May 5, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sprint and Motorola previously teamed up to deliver an iDen phone, the Motorola i1, geared for the business crowd. The two companies have joined forces once again to release another iDen device, and an enterprise phone to boot.

The Motorola Titanium joins Sprint’s Push-to-talk service through Nextel Direct Connect. The device picks up the mantle from the Motorola i1 as a “sleek and attractive, yet durable” phone that has military-grade resistance to dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, and high or low temperature. Unfortunately, it also inherits the i1′s use of Android 2.1 and not the more capable features sets of Android 2.2 or 2.3.

Disappointing as the software version may be, the hardware is at least promising. No word on when you’ll be able to grip that hardware, or how much it will cost when it finally goes on sale. Here’s a look at the early specs released by Sprint today.

  • Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services, including Direct Connect, Group Connect®, International Direct Connect®, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail®
  • Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™ and YouTube
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP3 & IMAP) email
  • 5-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS navigation
  • microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Meanwhile, the Motorola XPRT aims for Android users with a business-first mentality. Encryption and remote control are built into the MOTOBLUR-powered device, which Sprint thinks will please the IT department. The XPRT is more likely to please the employees thanks to a portrait QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch HVGA display, which is reminiscent of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon. The XPRT also has a 1 GHZ processor and supports international roaming.

The XPRT costs $129.99 on a two-year agreement and goes on sale June 5, 2011. Unlike the Titanium, the XPRT runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and has more features. Here are the early specs released by Sprint today.

  • Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
  • Google™ mobile services, such as Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Talk™, Gmail™ and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP & IMAP) email
  • Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
  • microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi® b/g/n
  • 1860 mAh Lithium-ion battery