Sprint's roadmap for 2009 has leaked
Pre, which is scheduled for Q2 2009. The image that shows it describes its operating system as “Linux Palm Neutron OS”, but do not let yourself be misled, this is the same webOS that Palm has been boosting for some time now. The details here say what we already know – it will have a 3.1-inch screen, will be a QWERTY slider, nothing that we are really not aware of.
The second quarter of the year will bring joy to those of you that have found the Instinct quite good, as Samsung has prepared the successor of the touchscreen device, mentioned here as the Dash. It will be proud to offer a refreshed design with smoother lines, 3.2-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
HTC Rhodium comes next. We know this one from the leaked information about HTC’s lineup. It will be a high-end smartphone, able to work on CDMA, as well as on GSM networks for international roaming. It will also feature a large high-resolution 3.4-inch touch-sensitive screen.. This stylish side-slider should hit the market sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, but what is interesting here is that it seems to be designed to run the Windows Mobile 7 platform. So, in case we are not talking about WM6.5 here, we presume that this one may show its face a bit later than expected.
Following up the green initiative, Sprint will contribute with a device from Samsung, codenamed the Chianti M560. The phone looks really nice, sporting a QWERTY slider design, similar to the Pre. It also has a landscape-oriented 2.3-inch display in QVGA resolution and a 2MP camera. The Chianti should hit the market in Q3 2009.
You did not think that Sprint would let down the loyal fans of social networking, do you? The Samsung Lucello is a two-way slider, delivering maximum flexibility with its numeric keypad and full QWERTY keyboard. According to the information, this will be Sprint’s new flagship for social networking, so if you cannot live a day without your web buddies, this is your phone. Expect it to show up sometime in the second or the third quarter.
What we have mentioned, however, is only a part of what the carrier has prepared. On the way are also the Samsung Mini, which will feature a large 3.2-inch touchscreen, the BlackBerry Niagara, images of which have recently leaked, the HTC Cedar, targeted to the low-end smartphone market and the youthful Sanyo 2700, along with a few others. In addition, some other details about Sprint’s plans have been revealed. It became clear that we should not expect any more QChat devices to be developed or released. Also, along with expanding international roaming capabilities, the carrier will focus on Android devices and WiMax support.
Feel free to examine the pictures in order to familiarize yourself further with Sprint’s lineup for the year, but still, keep in mind that this information is has not been officially confirmed, so changes may occur.
1. stuntz (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
WOW, sprint releasing a bunch of new phones, and the HTC Rhodium(touch pro 2) being cdma/gsm is a huge thing. The Samsung Dash looks really nice too. Pre is still gonna be the biggest phone release on here tho!
12. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
The bigger news here is Palms Android device! Where is the news or even a comment of that!? .....and the lucello looks pimping as hell, I might just get that and activate it on another carrier.
16. insider80 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)
palm doesnt have an android device it has linux which is the pre
18. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Uh no wrong. The Pre is there along with a phone listed as linux/android/google, what the hell would you call that??
21. tanders04 (Posts: 70; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
You're reading it completely wrong. Its not listing all of the OS that are running on one phone, its listing the major OS then lumping Linux(which is the Pre) with Android/google OS. Look at the top of the slide, it does mention a Android phone in Q4 but it doesn't show anything else for it.
2. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Pretty impressive line up of phones from Sprint this year. They are really going all out huh? Good show Sprint!
3. Mali Mal (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
Being that I work for Sprint, that makes me feel a little better... Good job Sprint, now lets steal our customers back that left Nextel!! Thanks!!
4. PL007 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Feb 2009)
WOW, nice group of devices Sprint! Sprint might get a new customer. I really like the Pre but now that I see the Samsung Dash & HTC Rhodium, all of those are good choices. Also can't beat Sprints plans.
6. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)
is it me, or do they not explain what the palm p100 is? is it the pre? becuase thats not on the timeline, but the p100 is. it definitely does not look like the pre, but is under linux based phones... any thoughts?
7. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)
we see the touch pro 2 (rhodium), but where is the diamond 2??? and there is mention of android os based phones, but there are no phones mentioned... very interesting...
8. krys2110 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)
lets see if sprint can afford to keep them in stock, or even buy them in time for their "release" sprint is having problems keeping the curve in the store now and they have had that phone out almost a year! should be an interesting year for sprint.
9. phoneguy (Posts: 183; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
actually sprint is doing a refresh of the curve with new software..... Have to sell through the old first.
10. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)
from what i have noticed, the curve is stocked in the stores, but the warehouses are running low. they are "rechipping" them. apparently, theyre popping in a new processor (possibly to support os 4.6?)
13. krys2110 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)
well they should fill in the stores, because the stores are telling people that the company cant afford to buy them... sounds like a problem in communication...good ol sprint
11. rde34 (unregistered)
The Touch Pro2 was originally announced with a 3.6 inch screen. What gives?!? The Rhodium lists a 3.4 inch screen. Is this a different phone or a custom Sprint variation of the Touch Pro2?
19. david_the_gom (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)
um... i thought rhodium was supposed to be Touch HD + QWERTY... not touch pro 2... check this page: http://www.phonearena.com/html
s/Is-this-HTCs-lineup-for-2009-article-a_3762.htmlif i'm wrong sorry...
14. phoneguy (Posts: 183; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
maybe you should go to another store and if you work for sprint maybe you should find a diff job before telling customers incorrect info.....
15. phoneguy (Posts: 183; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
Well I have never ever been communicated any info that the "company cannot afford them" that would be terrible to have customers told that so that is not a problem of communication,however some jackass that doesnt know what he is talking about.
20. stuntz (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you sure that it wasnt an Indirect dealer that told you they couldnt aford to buy phones?
23. phoneguy (Posts: 183; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
Good Call didnt think of that one. Those indirects are dumb
25. insider80 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)
yea it was prob joebobs ho-down wireless that cant afford them
26. phoneguy (Posts: 183; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
just to clarify they are re chipping the 8330 and it will be a new sku with os 4.5 already installed.. thats why there is an inventory constraint.
27. madmagic27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)
Is the Dash the Samsung Instinct s30 or an entirely different new phone. I'm kinda confused about the successor of the instinct part.