Another feature that both devices share is the impressive 540 by 960 display resolution, which is slowly turning into a must-have requirement in order to acquire the title of a true high-end smartphone. However, something that keeps bothering us is that there is still no word whether the PHOTON 4G will adopt the pentile matrix pixel arrangement seen in the ATRIX 4G and expected in the Motorola DROID 3 or will use a standard RGB pattern. In a nutshell, a pentile matrix display tries to trick the eye into perceiving a high resolution image by having its subpixels arranged in a special way. Unfortunately, this does not work for everyone as some users can still spot the difference. At the end of the day, the actual display resolution of the Motorola PHOTON 4G might turn out to be noticeably lower than advertised.
Thanks to its WiMAX radio, we do not expect to see anything less of blazing-fast Internet speeds from the Motorola PHOTON 4G. However, with the chances of Sprint switching to LTE in the near future getting higher and higher, we are wondering whether the smartphone would not become outdated sooner than expected. Should that make you think twice about getting one once it launches? Well, not really because WiMAX will most probably still be around until the end of 2013.
Those of you who like to travel abroad will like the fact that the PHOTON 4G is a world phone meaning that it supports GSM connectivity along with Sprint's CDMA network. Just pop in a SIM card while you are on a vacation or on a business meeting overseas and you should be good to go.
The Motorola PHOTON 4G will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is more than expected from a smartphone of its caliber. That means that you will be getting the most up-to-date Android experience possible, or at least until Ice Cream Sandwich starts rolling out. On top of that, the user interface will be treated to a certain degree of customization, and even though we are not really crazy about custom UIs, the changes are expected to be mostly superficial without trying to reinvent any aspect of the phone's functionality from the ground up. As far as modding the software on the smartphone goes, developers might be disappointed to hear that the PHOTON 4G will come with a locked bootloader, at least upon release, yet it might help crossing your fingers and hoping to get an unlocking tool in the future.
The Motorola PHOTON 4G is expected to launch later this summer, and from what we have on paper it seems like it is going to be one very capable high-end smartphone. Having a dual-core Tegra 2 chipset mixed together with WiMAX connectivity sounds like a very promising combination indeed. On top of all, the 4.3-inch qHD display will make consuming media on the go more than a pleasure so we might be dealing with a real winner right here. If you have not done so, feel free to check our Motorola PHOTON 4G Hands-on, or if you feel like browsing through our catalog of devices, you can also check out the queue of upcoming Sprint phones.