Motorola Photon 4G Release News & Price: Galaxy S2 Contender

We’ve written many times now about the Motorola Photon 4G, the first dual-core smartphone coming to Sprint and it looks as though it could beat the Motorola Droid Bionic out of the door as we now have an official release date and also pricing for you. It’s one of the few handsets that could be a Samsung Galaxy S2 contender, especially as there’s still no news on a release date for the S2, and we also recently included the Photon 4G in our roundup of iPhone 5 competition.

There are many waiting for the Motorola Photon 4G and if you want a brief recap on specs we can tell you that of course it has 4G connectivity and is the first international 4G smartphone for Sprint. It also has a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. There’s also an 8-megapixel rear camera as well as a front-facer and it all runs on the latest Android operating system, 2.3 Gingerbread. The release date has been announced as July 31 although if you are a member of the Sprint Premier loyalty program it will be available to you on July 28, three days earlier, so not too much longer to wait.

The price for this WiMAX handset will be $199.99 on the usual two-year contract, according to Chris Ziegler over on This is my Next, sourced from Sprint. That pricing seems reasonable considering the specs, and the fact that it looks like it will be launched before some of its major competition will certainly help sales. The one blot on the landscape is that many had hoped this would be released with an unlocked bootloader after Motorola recently announced a change to its policy coming later in 2011. However unfortunately the Photon 4G has missed the boat on that score and will be shipped with a locked bootloader. It’s still not known if the Droid Bionic on Verizon will be launched with an unlocked bootloader or not but fingers crossed!

Sprint certainly sound pretty pleased about the Photon 4G with Vice president of Product Development, Fared Adib saying, “Sprint is thrilled to build on the strength of our relationship with Motorola by bringing customers Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core processor. Motorola PHOTON 4G brings our customers the latest in Android technology combined with enterprise-quality security for business users and international GSM capabilities for those who travel abroad. It is spectacular to bring yet another Sprint 4G device to our customers.”

Are you waiting for the Motorola Photon 4G and if so what has made you choose this handset over contenders such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, Droid Bionic and also the iPhone 5? Let us know with your comments.

  • Dan Lanier

    It is the bootloader that has made my DroidX the last Motorola product I will own. Based off all that is on the market, I am solidly in the “Samsung Galaxy S 2” corner and plan to make it by next phone. I’ve enjoyed the DroidX but having to dance around the bootloader (though not a problem now) has been enough to jade me against Moto