Jul 18 AT 7:17 PM Alberto Vildosola 21 Comments

Motorola Titanium landing on Sprint this weekend for $150, just a few years late

How does a QWERTY keyboard-packing phone running an ancient Android version sound to you? Pretty bad, doesn’t it? Well, meet the Motorola Titanium. Also known as the most outdated Android phone that isn’t even available yet.

The Motorola Titanium joins the Motorola XPRT as one of Sprint’s business-ready and tough-built Android phones. Amazingly, the Motorola Titanium is running Android 2.1. Why would Motorola release an Android phone with software that’s almost 2 years old is beyond us. Like it or not, the Titanium will be available this Sunday from the Now Network for $149 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with the following specs:

  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 504 MHz Freescale Zeus 2.0 ARM1136
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 3.1-inch TFT screen with a 320 x 480 resolution
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera
  • LED flash
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services

The last time I saw a phone with such a depressing spec sheet… Wait. I’ve never seen an Android phone this awful. This looks like a device that would compete with the T-Mobile G1, which was released almost three years ago. In other words, the Titanium is three years late.

Now, I understand this phone is not meant for the Android enthusiast or even the average smartphone buyer. This phone will probably be used by people who couldn’t care less about specs or software version. Nonetheless, Motorola should do a better job at keeping up with the times. Even with phones that are meant to be just glorified walkie talkies. With a price of $149, the Motorola Titanium should at least have Froyo, 512 MB of RAM, a 1 GHz processor and a bigger screen.

In slightly better news, the Titanium has a Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. Take that as you will, but I’m guessing people who are constantly exposed to those kind of things won’t put up with a phone that takes half an hour to load a web page.

What do you guys think? Am I being too tough on the Motorola Titanium? Or should Motorola wake up from this dream world where they think they can release phones with archaic specs and we won’t call them out? Let us know in the comments.

Show Press Release

Motorola Titanium, First Android 2.1 Smartphone
with Best-in-Class Nextel Direct Connect,
Available Beginning July 24 for $149.99

Motorola Titaniumâ„¢, America’s first Android 2.1 (Éclair) smartphone with best-in-
class Nextel Direct Connectâ„¢ for Push-to-Talk, goes on sale in Sprint Stores, online
at www.sprint.com, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales beginning
Sunday, July 24, for $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year
service agreement, after $100 mail-in rebate.

As the successor to the popular Motorola i1 launched by Sprint in 2010, Motorola
Titanium is sleek and attractive, yet durable. It features a full QWERTY keyboard
and 3.1-inch touchscreen display for a feature-rich, business-class experience. Built
military-grade tough, Motorola Titanium is designed to meet Military Specification
810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and
low temperature.

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 Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 200,000 applications, widgets and
games available for download
- Googleâ„¢ mobile services such as Google Searchâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢,
Google Mapsâ„¢ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendarâ„¢ and
YouTubeâ„¢
- Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP3 &
IMAP) email, calendar and contacts
- 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and LED flash
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Stereo Bluetooth®
- GPS navigation
- microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
- 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery

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.

Via: Engadget

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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  • kwills88

    I think this phone is $125 too much.

  • http://Website c00ller

    Seeing as how it’s made by Motorola, I’m really not surprised at all.
    #MOTOFAIL

    • koldkore

      And once again, Motorola sucks at phones.

  • http://Website Daniel

    I agree these specs are rather poor even for a low-end phone today, but no need for the sensationalism. Android 2.1 was released 1.5 years ago (only 4 months before 2.2, which is what most *new* phones still use), so you’re off by 33% on your “almost 2 years” claim. Also, as underwhelming as they may sound, these specs still crush the G1: faster and more efficient CPU, more RAM (the G1 only had 192 MB, remember?), superior camera, significantly bigger battery. It’s actually competitive for a 2010 (H1?) mid-range phone, so your “3 years late” claim is also off by two years.

    • http://Website Kenny

      Thanks Daniel.

      sarcasm

      • http://Website Albert

        Yeah, we won’t let facts get in the way of our sensationalism and elitism!

  • http://Website Jeff

    I’d expect AT&T to peddle this crap as a modern Android phone, not Sprint.

  • http://Website THIS IS FRAGMENTATION

    welcome to fragmentation….

    • http://Website E

      Wtf wif the fragmentation crap go shove a dam iPhone up ur ass no body cares buddy if any gave a flying fuck Android wouldn’t b dominating the mobile world

  • http://Website Scott

    It is due to the Nextel usage. The Nextel network is HORRIBLE, this phone hangs right in there with the pathetic data speeds.

  • http://Website lavell

    I was shocked at first, but think about the market its targeting. It’s a rugged phone aimed at construction workers who probably wouldn’t want to drop their 3vo or gsII on a construction site. These same ppl probably won’t care what version if android the phone has either.

  • http://Website Mark

    I wouldn’t spit on this crap if it was on fire.

  • http://Website bobomb

    That thing is ugly as hell. I don’t understand this new thing with the BB style keyboard. But as other have said, it’s aimed at people who don’t care.

  • http://Website RockinEvo

    OOOOOOOOOOO I want one can you downgrade it to 1.5 so I can feel like I’m using my moto cliq xt again

  • http://www.blogger.com/home CoreAn_Crack3rZ

    How about installing custom ROMS to it??? Maybe it will be better :D hehe!

  • http://Website Alan

    Only one thing in the post that needs correcting. I work for Sprint and we currently do not do mail-in rebates. We do them instantly in-store. Not that it matters though because nobody will buy this phone.

  • http://Website BrianC

    Well, it has an 1800mAh battery and a small screen, so this thing probably will have the best battery life of any android ever made.

  • http://Website kevinc

    I think most of the commentors are looking at the specs (which certainly are unimpressive) and bypassing the notes at the end which describe the phone as supporting “push-to-talk” and has military grade shielding/casing.

    Translation: it’s not a consumer phone. It’s a combination phone/walkie-talkie meant for military field use, and for people that work in hazardous environments.

    Your super-cool dual-core gorilla glass uber-phone wouldn’t last a week under the working conditions that this phone is designed for.

  • http://Website Jack

    This is not hard to figure out.

    It has android 2.1 due to the ptt integration, that is the only reason it is on eclair. Its clearly an engineering decision. Its not meant to be high end android, its for a specific demographic that wants an iden smartphone.

  • http://www.dominikstriplin.com Dominik

    For a Nextel device the specs are fine however for everyone else this thing is a bit out dated.

    This is better than the i1 so it could be a huge hit.

  • Ken R

    I don’t know were those specs came from but I think The Titanium is being confused with the I1
    The Titanium AKA I1x has a 1Ghz CPU and 512 Ram I just purchased one and have verified this info!!!!!

    “512MB internal memory 300MB preloaded – expandable to 32GB with micro SD
    The i1 uses de Iden 800Mhz, and the Titanium uses both Iden 800 and 900 Mhz.

    The huge diference between i1 and Titanium is the cpu and memory:

    i1: CPU = 800Mhz / Memory: 230Mb

    Titanium: CPU = 1Ghz / Memory: 512Mb”