May 05 AT 11:11 AM Edgar Cervantes 6 Comments

Motorola XPRT and Titanium officially announced, headed to Sprint

Though we were not too amazed by its release, the Motorola Droid Pro is a good phone for business. Not only is it an enterprise-ready world phone, but it also has a good Blackberry-like keyboard (portrait), which is something many of you may prefer. You may have liked the idea of a non-slide-out physical keyboard, and you should be happy to know that Verizon is not the only one with that option anymore. Motorola and Sprint just announced two devices: the XPRT and the Titanium, and while they look almost the same, they serve completely different purposes.

The Motorola XPRT features enterprise security as well as being a worldphone, which should make it a good option for the businessman. If you have been using a Blackberry, we know that getting to learn a whole new OS can be demanding, but the portrait keyboard should make the device feel much more familiar. The XPRT also has a 1GHz processor and a 3.1-inch screen, as well as being loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo.

Additional key features of Motorola XPRT include:

* Android Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
* Googleâ„¢ mobile services, such as Google Mapsâ„¢ with Navigation, Google Talkâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢ and YouTubeâ„¢
* 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 Motorola

On the other hand, the Motorola Titanium is meant to be the successor to Motorola i1 (which most of you do not like at all), but this time with Android 2.1. Like its predecessor, the Titanium is an iDEN device, and will be push-to-talk capable, but that isn’t the only similarity this device has to its ancestor. The Motorola Titanium is also a rugged device (explains the name), “Built military-grade tough, Motorola Titanium is certified to Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature.” If you are one of those loyal PTT users, this will be the best option for you, at least when it comes to Android devices.

Additional key features of Motorola Titanium include:

* 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 Calendarâ„¢ 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 Motorola

Motorola and Sprint did not announce the price and availability for the Motorola Titanium, but they did give us Motorola XPRT’s official price and release date. The XPRT will go for $129.99 on a two-year contract, and will be available in stores on June 5th, which is just a month from now. Now, we know that these devices are not the best you can find out there, but it is still nice to get more options (Especially for Nextel!), and portrait keyboards just might be your thing. What do you guys say? Liking the form-factor? Excited to see the Droid Pro idea spread to other carriers? Who will be getting in line for one of these?

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Sprint and Motorola Unveil Two Android Devices for Business: Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium

New Android smartphones target professionals with enhanced business-class experiences; Motorola XPRT offers enterprise-grade security and enhanced MOTOBLUR experience on an Android World Phone; and Motorola Titanium pairs best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect with Android

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2011 – To meet the growing demand for mobile devices with industry-leading enterprise features, Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) will launch two new smartphones with enhanced business-ready capabilities, built on the Androidâ„¢ platform. Motorola XPRTâ„¢ is the first Android smartphone from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Motorola Titaniumâ„¢ leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1.

“We are pleased to extend our portfolio of products directed at business-users with these two powerful and versatile Android devices,” said Paget L. Alves, president — Sprint Business. “Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect’s sub-second Push-to-Talk.”

Motorola XPRT will be available on Sunday, June 5, in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), for $129.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Pricing and availability for Motorola Titanium will be announced at a later date.

“Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium blend feature-packed consumer experiences with an optimal set of productivity and security tools,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president of sales, Motorola Mobility. “We are pleased to partner with Sprint to deliver each of these unique business-ready devices to their continuously growing enterprise customer base.”

Packed with Productivity Tools

Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo. This full-feature world phone is equipped with a pinch-to-zoom capable touchscreen, 3.1-inch HVGA display, full QWERTY keyboard and 1GHz processor with Adobe Flash 10 web browsing.

Enterprise managers and workforces across field service, field sales, healthcare, retail, utilities, manufacturing and transportation/distribution industries will benefit from its feature-rich capabilities, enterprise-class security and data encryption. Motorola XPRT delivers business-class security features with 256-bit AES data encryption and controls the IT department will appreciate, including the ability to remotely handle functions like enabling pin or password lock, password recovery and data wipe on both the phone and SD card if lost or stolen.

Motorola XPRT comes loaded with MOTOBLURâ„¢ offering personalized content, including email and social media updates, delivered right to the user’s home screen. It enables convenient viewing of news feeds, updates and messages from social media sites from a single screen.

Additional key features of Motorola XPRT include:

* Android Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
* Googleâ„¢ mobile services, such as Google Mapsâ„¢ with Navigation, Google Talkâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢ and YouTubeâ„¢
* 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

Motorola XPRT requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint also offers great value with international service add-ons for Motorola XPRT. For just $4.99 per month, the Sprint Worldwide Voice Add on offers discounted rates while traveling in more than 100 countries. For only $2.99 per month, you can make local calls in Canada, call back to the United States and even receive calls in Canada for just $0.20 per minute. That’s a savings of $0.39 per minute over standard roaming charges. While roaming in Canada, Mexico, China, and other destinations data rates start as low as $0.002 per KB (on CDMA networks).

To sign up to learn more about Motorola XPRT, please visit www.motorola.com/XPRT.

Leading in Push-to-Talk

As the successor to the popular Motorola i1 launched by Sprint last year, Motorola Titanium is sleek and attractive, yet durable. It is the first iDEN device to combine Sprint’s best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect and Android 2.1, Éclair, for a feature rich business-class experience. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch touchscreen display. Built military-grade tough, Motorola Titanium is certified to Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature.

With more than 17 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in Push-to-Talk, serving the world’s largest Push-to-Talk community with millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national Push-to-Talk network. Nextel Direct Connect has set the industry standard for Push-to-Talk worldwide. More U.S. workers communicate in less than a second with Nextel Direct Connect than with any other Push-to-Talk service.

Additional key features of Motorola Titanium include:

* 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 Calendarâ„¢ 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

To learn more about Motorola Titanium, please visit www.motorola.com/titanium.

Via: Engadget

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://www.fundraw.com Greg

    Sprint’s phone lineup for the past year or so can be described with one word: BORING. With their $10 upcharge for data plans, the Everything Data family plan we’re on at $129 will go to $149 when we next upgrade our phones and sign new contracts.

    OTOH, A 1400 minute Verizon family plan with two basic smartphone data add-ons is the same price. We’d lose free SMS, but that’s $10 a month to fix.

    So later this year, when my latest 2-year with Sprint is up, they’ll probably lose me… not because they’re bad, but because they gave up their price advantage and their phone selection sucks. They’re not driving me away, they’re just not providing a real compelling reason to stay.

    • http://Website Anonymous

      Well the $10.00 texting add on with Verizon could also be avoided if you port your existing number to Google Voice, and use GV for your texting, and it can be configured in a way GV can be your primary number shadowing your actual phone number.

      In other words: Still using your default dialer & incoming calls will also use your default dialer, so there is no real difference, only your getting free text messages over the data connection instead.

      I agree with you though, Sprint made a terrible mistake adding the $10. charge to smart phones. As I have said before, Sprint is now within $10-$20. of AT&T and Verizon plans. And T-Mobile has sort of raised their prices too. $79.99 per month for 1500 mins, unlimited texts, and unlimited data throttled at 2GB? Thats not very reasonable.

      One thing I will give Sprint, they’re data plans they claim never get throttled. So there perhaps lies the real value of Sprint. If you use a lot of data, Sprint is the best choice. But if you’re an average user and use less then 5GB, then Verizon is almost the same value.

      • http://Website Anonymous

        Point 2: LTE (Verizon) is faster than WiMax (Sprint) & LTE is available in more locations by the end of the year than WiMax will be at the current rate. But Verizon has more resources to expand, where Sprint does not.

  • http://Website Daniel Greer

    Agreed with the phone line-up concern. They are dropping the ball in a bad way, in terms of where they were at about ten months ago. The Evo was moving out as fast as they were getting them and they were launching the first 4G network. 10 months later? The same place almost exactly. The Evo is still the hottest phone available through Sprint and they have only added 8 or 9 cities to their 4G lineup. I’m an Evo owner, so I do appreciate the phone. But almost a year as the flagship device? And looking at the way TMo and Verizon have expanded their 4G networks, I can only conclude that Sprint has their collective heads in the sand.

    With all that being said, you still can’t beat them on their pricing, especially if you use any data at all. Big Red and AT&T will charge you until you bleed for data. Here’s hoping that Sprint gets their 4G and phone line-up act together in a hurry!

  • http://Website JonasHextor

    I’m just hoping that the Sprint Network Vision thing mean a wide rollout of 4G. Sprint can’t afford to not do this especially with Verizon supposedly having LTE on their whole network by 2013. Sprint is really dropping the ball here.

    Come on Hesse, SAVE US!

  • http://Website Rob Centros

    I like the XPRT. I currently use a Treo and I really don’t like on-screen keyboards, or slide out keyboards (my wife owns an Epic so I’ve tried that). I also like the Gorilla glass and specs for this phone. The screen won’t be nearly as nice as the Epic, but fewer pixels should make it faster overall. This will probably be my next Sprint phone. (Depends on what else comes up between now and August when my contract expires.)