Samsung Transform Ultra is officially coming to Sprint as well
posted by John V. / Oct 24, 2011, 9:56 AM
Even though it’s not regarded as a successor, the Samsung Transform Ultra is now setting its mark on being a part of Sprint’s lineup in the near future, which complements its recent availability with Boost Mobile earlier in the month.
Not surprisingly, Sprint will be taking in the handset as well, and from the looks of it, this Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is nearly an exact replica to the model that’s on Boost Mobile right now. Specifically, it features a 3.5” HVGA touchscreen, sliding landscape style QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 3-megapixel rear camera, front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot, and a 1,500 mAh battery. In terms of experience, it’s going to be sporting the usual Sprint ID pack experience running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Obviously, this is pretty much a refreshed version of the aging Samsung Transform from last year, which easily positions it in the mid-range market nowadays. However, there was no mention from Sprint or Samsung on when the device will go on sale with the carrier – nor was pricing unveiled in the press release. Regardless of that, considering that it’s selling for $230 without a contract with Boost Mobile, one can easily imagine that this is going to be priced well below the $100 on-contract mark.
Samsung Transform™ Ultra
Highly-customizable Android experience
Samsung Transform Ultra is a premium android powered device that delivers a truly customizable experience even faster than before and at an affordable price. Samsung Transform Ultra, powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, features access to Google Mobile™ services and more than 250,000 applications through Android Market. It has a powerful 1GHz processor, a 3MP rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera for video chat while on the go. Equipped with Sprint ID users can also completely customize their experience based on their needs and interests. Users can automatically get ringers, wallpapers, apps and widgets downloaded to your phone in one click.
Productivity • 3.5” HVGA touch screen with full QWERTY keyboard • 1GHz processor • Android 2.3 with Sprint ID customizable user interface • Sprint 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network
Entertainment and Personalization • Dual Cameras- 3 MP camera and VGA front facing camera • Sprint ID, a user-friendly means of customizing Android content on mobile phones. Allows users to instantly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once. • Android Market™ – browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world • WiFi and GPS capable • MP3 Player with MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32GB) • Stereo Bluetooth® Wireless technology
Specifications • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 • Dimensions: 4.57 x 2.40 x 0.55 inches; 4.9 ounces • Display: HVGA 480 x 320 pixels • RAM/ROM: 512MB/2GB • 1500 mAh Li-ION inner cell battery with up to 7 hours1 continuous talk time
times will vary depending on phone usage patterns and conditions. Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns.
Yawn. Why would someone buy this crap when you can get the HTC EVO Design with 1.2gHz and 960x540qHD for $99? You know it will never see ICS becuase Samsung doesn't like to update and HTC does. Where is the Galaxy Nexus?
Edit: also 4" screen, 1.3mp front cam, 5mp rear. Its 49.00 for new conracts and 79.00 for upgrades on wirefly.com!
I doubt it is faster than the Epic, it's probably on par with it however. The Epic has a 4 inch super amoled display and a better 5 row keyboard, plus it is a 4G device. However it is still over a year old and they are probably going to discontinue it soon.
I agree this phone is no way faster than the Epic. Maybe on par at best, but the Epic is 4G with a bigger screen so I really believe its a downgrade. The HTC EVO Design is a upgrade if you can live without a keyboard.
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