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Motorola PHOTON 4G

Announced
Jun 9, 2011
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Sprint, U.S. Cellular

Pros

  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)
  • Dual core processor
  • Lots of RAM (1024 MB RAM)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (Micro HDMI (Type D))

Cons

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Description

The Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint is not just a regular Android – it packs a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, along with WiMAX, CDMA and GSM connectivity. Specs-wise, it's somehow similar to the ATRIX 4G on AT&T, but has a different styling. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will have 4.3" qHD touchscreen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM and a kickstand.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.3)
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.00 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches (126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.57 oz (158 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 4.3 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 540 x 960 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 256 ppi
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Dual LED
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD), 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1000 MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 10.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (736 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 8.3 days (199 hours)
      the average is 21 days (505 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 9.10 hours
      the average is 13 h (769 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 13.1 days (314 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1700 mAh

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback, Preset equalizer
  • Radio:
      • FM
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Flickr, Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev.A, WiMAX
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • Micro HDMI (Type D), 1.3
  • Other:
    • DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Service lights (Multiple color), Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M4, T4
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 09 Jun 2011

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 550

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Motorola MB855, Motorola ELECTRIFY


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