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Motorola Admiral with Sprint Direct Connect reports for duty Oct. 23

The Motorola Admiral steps out as Sprint's flagship smartphone for the carrier's Direct Connect line. Find out more about the rugged Android handset here.

Motorola Admiral
Motorola Admiral Motorola

Today, Sprint introduced the Motorola Admiral, the newest addition to its Direct Connect portfolio.

Joining the previously announced Kyocera DuraMax, the Admiral supports Sprint's next-gen Direct Connect push-to-talk service, which operates on the carrier's 3G CDMA network instead of Nextel's iDEN network. The advantage of the new service is faster data speeds, and Sprint plans tophase out iDEN in 2013.

Running Android Gingerbread, the Motorola Admiral offers a 3.1-inch VGA touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and a full QWERTY keyboard. The rugged handset also meets Military Standard 810G specifications, so it can withstand dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure, and high and low temperatures.

It also features a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, mobile hot-spot capabilities, and 4GB of internal memory.

The Motorola Admiral will go on sale October 23 through direct sales channels, telesales, and online and will be widely available starting November 13. The price of the smartphone is $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.