Mar 22 AT 5:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Motorola i1: World’s first push-to-talk Android-powered smartphone

The phone we outed last year as the Motorola Opus One is finally official as the Sprint i1. This is Sprint’s first Android device to support Nextel’s Direct Connect and we expect it will be marketed on the company’s Boost Mobile brand.

Like other recent Android phones from Motorola, the hardware and specs of the i1 are from last generation. Users will find a 528 MHz processor running Android 1.5.

Sprint is hoping to market the Motorola i1 to the working crowd by hiring Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) as their spokesperson and highlighting the device’s rugged build. The Motorola i1 meets the Military Spec 810F for protection against blowing rain, dust, shock vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, salt fog, humidity and solar radiation.

“Typically, the work I’ve done tends to take its toll on my phones and I end up breaking ‘em on the job. It’ll be fun to use one that’s not afraid of a little dirt.”Mike RoweDirty Jobs

Motorola i1 will be available through Sprint in North America in the summer of 2010. Customers interested in Motorola i1 can pre-register at www.sprint.com/motoi1 or www.motorola.com.

Highlights of the device include:

  • Talk and Standby Time: Up to 4 days standby; Up to 210 min talk time
  • Bands/Modes: 800 / 900 (i) 2400 (w)
  • Weight: 131.26 grams, 4.63 oz.
  • Dimensions: 58mm length 118mm depth 12.8 mm
  • OS: Android 1.5
  • Battery: 1400mAh
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth2 2.0 micro USB; Over the Air Sync, 2.5mm headset jack
  • Display: 3.1” display 320×480 HVGA  265k TFT
  • Messaging/ Email: MMS, SMS,  corporate, Gmail IMAP, POP3, Attachment and document viewer
  • Audio: Adobe Flash, MP3, WAV, WMA, WMV, MIDI, MP4
  • Video: H.263,  H.264, WMV
  • Camera: 5MP, auto-focus, LED flash, 4X digital zoom
  • Browser: Opera Mini 5 Browser, Android Webkit w/Adobe Flash Lite®
  • Memory: Removable 2GB memory card included, up to 32GB supported

Source: Motorola

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