The carrier, however, said yesterday that it is to announce an "industry first"... something today as well. We just got tipped on the Sprint's announcement, and it seems to be indeed a novel service, called Sprint ID, for its Android portfolio. The service offers multiple ways to theme your device, and will be initially available on these three new phones, which are to be announced at CTIA.
First and foremost, the Samsung Transform will feature a 3.5” touchscreen, 800 MHz processor. 0.3-megapixel front facing camera, 3.2-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, and will be running Android 2.1. Although the latter of which may sound somewhat dampening to some, especially when others are packing Android 2.2, it's expected to receive its Froyo treatment soon after its launch. Set to arrive on October 10th, it'll be priced at $149.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and your signature on a 2-year contract.
Secondly, the entry-level Sanyo Zio will feature a 3.5” display, 600MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, and will also be running Android 2.1 from the onset. However, just like the Transform, Sprint will give the Zio its Froyo dessert some time after it is launched. As for pricing, it's expected to tally in at $99.99 with a contract and will also be ready for an October 10th launch.
Finally, the LG Optimus S will feature a 3.2” touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera, 600MHz processor, and will thankfully come packed with Android 2.2 from the beginning. Surprisingly, this one is believed to come in at a price point of $49.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate which will definitely turn some heads when it's released – which should be here in time for Halloween on October 31st.
The LG Optimus S will support mobile hotspot from the beginning, while the Zio and Transform will obtain the ability once they are upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. We'll wait and see what Sprint will have in store for all of us today during CTIA. The rumored Sprint ID service will be compatible with each of the three phones, and free of charge.
Samsung Transform Preliminary Specifications
Sanyo Zio Specifications | Hands-on
LG Optimus S Preliminary Specifications
Thanks to our anonymous tipster!