Vowing to work more closely together to bring new devices to market, Sprint and Motorola introduced the Photon 4G at a special event in New York today. Sprint says the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone addresses the need for more corporate-friendly devices and includes extra security features and global capabilities. The Photon will be available this summer, but a release date and pricing were not announced at the event.
As some speculated, the Motorola Photon 4G shows a number of similarities to the Atrix 4G. It has a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen, and laptop dock connectivity. Compatible with Sprint's 3G and 4G networks, the Photon also can be used as a mobile hot spot for up to eight devices.
In addition to the standard Google services, the Photon 4G will come preloaded with a number of apps, including various Sprint services. Among them is Sprint Mobile Wallet, which provides a one-click payment option for making purchases on the phone. However, the Photon does not come equipped with an NFC chip.
The Photon's qHD display is quite fetching, though as we've discussed before, the way the subpixels are arranged makes the screen less sharp than it could be. The handset itself has an interesting shape and measures 5 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs 5.6 ounces. It's not huge, it's not small; it's somewhere in between.
The Photon 4G actually one-ups the Atrix with an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 5-megapixel camera. Though the dual-core processor supports 1080p HD video recording and playback, the smartphone is only capable of 720p HD video capture and 1080p HD video output via HDMI. However, as with the Atrix, we suspect that this functionality will come in a future software update.