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

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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 Also known as the most outdated Android phone that isn’t even available yet.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 Titanium™, America’s first Android 2.1 (Éclair) smartphone with best-in-
class Nextel Direct Connect™ 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 Market™ for access to more than 200,000 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, 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.