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First iDEN-Network Android Phone Getting Successor

7/18/2011 03:29:18 PM Eastern
Overland Park, Kan. - Sprint announced a $149 price and July 24 availability date for its previously disclosed iDEN-network Motorola Titanium Android-based smartphone.

The Titanium will replace the $149 touchscreen-only Motorola i1, which was launched last year as the first iDEN-network phone with Android OS.

Both models are the only Android phones in the U.S. with Nextel Direct Connect for Push-to-Talk service feature. Both models also meet military-grade durability specs and feature 3.1-inch touchscreen, but the Titanium adds a fixed QWERTY keyboard, steps up the OS to Android 2.1 from 1.5, adds Wi-Fi 802.11n to its predecessor's 802.11b/g capabilities, adds stereo Bluetooth, and comes with larger battery, which extends talk time to 4.6 hours from 3.5 hours.

Like its predecessor, it comes with 5-megapixel camera/camcorder and preinstalled 2GB MicroSD card in a slot that supports 32GB cards. Both also feature Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync corporate email and Quickoffice app to view and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents.

Through Sprint's direct channels, the price is after $100 rebate.

The new model also features 4x zoom and flash, integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, and compliance with Military Specification 810G for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, and high and low temperatures.
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