May 23 AT 10:28 PM Alberto Vildosola 69 Comments

Rumor: Sprint is finally getting a Tegra 2 Android phone next month

It’s been more than five months since we saw NVIDIA announce its Tegra 2 “super chip” at CES. Fast-forward to today and you can get a Tegra 2-powered Android phone from any U.S. carrier, except one. You can buy the G2x from T-Mobile, the Atrix 4G from AT&T, or the Droid X2 from Verizon. On Sprint? Well, you can get last year’s very popular but slightly outdated HTC EVO 4G. Thankfully, Sprint is about to jump on the Tegra 2 bandwagon as well.

The Rumor

Back in March, we reported that Sprint was getting ready to launch its own version of the Motorola Atrix 4G. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet. The reason? Sprint decided to tweak the Atrix’s design a little bit. Two months later, we believe that the carrier is finally ready to launch the device, and will do so next month.

The device will share many similarities with the Atrix 4G, but it won’t be exactly the same device. Instead of the 4-inch screen that the Atrix 4G has, Sprint’s model will have a 4.3-inch display. The carrier has also re-designed its model to look a bit more like an HTC EVO 4G, with kickstand and all. Additionally, the phone will launch with Gingerbread already installed, and not Froyo. Aside from those differences, we expect the phone to have much of the same features that the Motorola Atrix 4G has.

The Source

This tip came from a regular source who has provided accurate information on Sprint in the past. As with most people that hand over sensitive information, they wish to remain anonymous.

One Android Insider’s take on the rumor

As we told you before, we don’t think that Motorola invested all that time and money on those Lapdocks to just make AT&T happy for a couple of months. We strongly believe that the company will bring those kind of accessories to other carriers — with Sprint being one of the first. However, we’ve yet to see whether Motorola will maintain compatibility between its different accessories or not. Especially, knowing that Sprint’s modified Atrix 4G could have a bigger screen than AT&T’s model.

With the HTC EVO 3D and a version of the Atrix 4G coming to Sprint in the near future, the carrier could very well become the first battleground in the war between Qualcomm’s and NVIDIA’s dual-core chips. Even though Qualcomm is a little late to the dual-core party, the company could still surprise us and blow NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 right out of the water.

I’ll remain undecided until I see some benchmarks between these two devices, but which phone would you guys rather own?

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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