Jul 13 AT 3:25 PM Edgar Cervantes 20 Comments

Official: Motorola Photon 4G to be released July 31

The Motorola Photon 4G is one of the most anticipated Sprint devices, right along with the HTC EVO 3D. Now that the EVO 3D has been out for a few weeks, people may be wondering when Sprint’s first NVIDIA Tegra 2 device is coming. We knew it was coming “sometime this summer,” but we now have a specific date! Sprint has just announced this device will be released July 31 with a price of $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

Being a Sprint Premier customer always has its benefits, one of which is that devices usually become available to them first. Such is the case for the Motorola Photon 4G. It will be available online 3 days earlier (on July 28) for Premier customers.

Motorola Photon 4G Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD display (540 x 960)
  • 16GB of onboard memory (support for up to 32GB SD Card)
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera / VGA front-facing camera
  • 4G WiMAX capable

As you can see, another great feature is the kickstand–something EVO 3D users are really missing. Overall, this is a great device and will surely competing closely with the HTC EVO 3D for Sprint customers. Sprint customers who like Tegra devices (mostly for gaming) will be happy to know that they now have a choice.

The Photon will still come with a locked bootloader, something HTC is fixing soon for EVO 3D and Sensation users, so that may be another factor to consider when choosing between these devices. If you like root/ROM friendly devices, the EVO 3D may be a better choice. What do you guys say? Are you purchasing one of these after July 31? Do you prefer the EVO 3D? Share your opinions with us and stay tuned for more on this device soon!

Via: Android Central

Source: Sprint

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  • http://Website William Thomson

    What does this run? ‘motoblur’?

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      It’s motorola’s gingerbread version of motoblur.

      • http://Website Marcus Nolasco

        You mean MotoBLOAT ;)

      • http://Website jayQ330

        its a new u.i. they arent calling it blur anymore because its supposed to be different, so far the reviews that ive read so far say its nothing like the old blur, no lag, better responce & usability. so all in all i think it is blur but enhanced so much that to motorola & the reviewers of the phone it shouldnt be called blur.

  • http://www.johnjelinek.com John Jelinek IV

    I am so excited about this device. I have a Best Buy Buy Back Program specifically for the Photon 4G! Do you happen to know if this is DLNA compatible?

    • http://Website Sax M

      You can just install an app from the Market: imediashare or skifta. I have tried both and it works great on DLNA TVs.

    • http://Website jayq330

      it is dlna compatible & its also SMR witch uses sprints new 800 mgz frequency from sprint & not just for roaming. the evo3D was the only phone with the SMR channel but this phone has every frequency in existence. the only problem i have is if im out of the states…lets say Europe i can use a sim card that would give me service from any carrier but i can only use there edge data, no 3G :( hopefully im wrong but thats what ive read so far.

  • http://Website aldaris

    will definitely get since sammy hasnt announced the gs2 yet… and yes it has dnla capabilities… :D

  • http://Website bensteelbarehands

    I could use some help understanding why ….Motorola in the case of the photon…would lock the bootloader…?
    There must be a financial issue I’m unable to see….otherwise why would they not have it unlocked…able to turn Motoblur on or off….would it not make the phone more attractive to a wider audience…? What an I missing..?

    • http://Website JayMonster

      That is real simple. They don’t want the support headaches from having to support or accept returns from people that have rooted/DOMed AMD other wise did something to the device and now have to deal with that.

      Also the bloatware thst is on the devices wil not bring anywhere best the same amount of money if they can be easily be installed.

      Is it financial their reasoning? Of course it is.

  • http://Website Andy

    I don’t get it. This is a Motorola phone, 4G, dual core … but it’s not the Bionic. Could this BE the Bionic, just renamed for Sprint? And if not, why not? Why does this phone exist but Verizon doesn’t have a Motorola 4G dual core phone yet?

  • http://Website Alex

    Does this phone support wi-fi?

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Another great choice and perfect device for the Now Network. The choice of the Flagship Evo 3D and with the addition of the Photon 4G looks like dualcore dominance on sprint and it feels so good. Oh yeah let’s not forget we will be rocking it all in UNLIMITED STYLE what more can anyone ask for. The Evo 3d, Photon 4g, Evo 4G, Nexus S4g, Evo shift 4G, Samsung Epic 4g, This is the best android lineup on any network period. Now if the Samsung Within shows its face then Three dualcore devices will reside on the now network..That’s taking care of business at affordable prices. I’m laughing so hard

    • http://Website snowbdr80

      Lets not forget that lineup will be useless if the now slowest network can afford lte

  • http://Website Joey

    I am excited for the Photon to come out later this month. I am looking to get a new phone that is fast and can handle my streaming needs, and the Photon seems like it is the phone that I could do. Since the phone will have a dual-core processor and 4G, I think that the phone will be perfect for streaming! There is one app in particular that uses the large screen and 4G, and that is the DISH Remote Access app. I love this app because it lets me stream live TV and recorded shows to my phone anywhere I am! I love being able to go anywhere I want and be able to stream live TV or recorded shows from my 922 SlingLoaded receiver to my phone. As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have been using the app for a long time and it is one of the best apps I have. I encourage anyone and everyone to take a look at http://www.besttvforme.com to get all the information on starting an account to get your TV Everywhere!

  • cyberswan

    I like the duel core, 1gb of RAM, and the 4.3 inch screen but what disappoint me is the appearance. It doesn’t look fashionable, more worse, ugly. Why does Motorola make good but very ugly phones. Well, at least it isn’t as ugly as the original Droid X.

  • fatcobra

    I will be definitely getting this device. I don’t understand that a lot have people been saying that is not fashionable. I thought a phones spec’s talked for it self, I need a powerful device not one that looks good or goes with what i wear!

  • http://Website RonWeez

    This is a nice looking phone and the NEW gingerbread Motoblur actually doesnt look that bad my GF has it on her Droid X and i like it with the dock and Navy Blue accents everywhere such as the notification bar. there widgets still suck tho

  • motorola droid

    This phone looks amazing. I may actually go with this instead of the 3D
    one. Looks like this one will have more accessories and a dock where
    you could attach a USB keyboard & mouse (although one could more
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