Speculation arises of revamped Motorola XPRT for Sprint with Gingerbread and 4G connectivity

Speculation arises of revamped Motorola XPRT for Sprint with Gingerbread and 4G connectivity
The Motorola XPRT came to Sprint hardly looking like an original model. The world phone resembles the Motorola DROID Pro on Verizon, which in turn has that BlackBerry-esque look with a portrait facing QWERTY keyboard on the front of the phone. Speculation has arisen that Motorola and Sprint are working at re-tooling the XPRT making it a faster, more capable business device.

According to the rumor, "a person familiar with the project" says that the Motorola XPRT 2 will offer 4G speeds with WiMaX connectivity and under the hood will be Android 2.3. Another change mentioned as part of the speculation is a curvier keyboard with the keys in a "smile pattern" as opposed to the straighter "ruler pattern" on the current model.

A picture of the XPRT 2.0 seems to show a smaller display than the 3.1 inch screen on the current model, and an anonymous source told The Pop Herald that the Sprint logo is in the middle of the unit's capacitive Android buttons on the picture of what is said to be the revamped model of the handset. The Motorola XPRT now has what passes for mid-range specs with Android 2.2 installed, a 1GHz processor under the hood and a 5MP camera on back with AF and flash.

The device was recently launched at a price of $129.99 with a signed 2 year contract at Sprint and you can read our review on the Motorola XPRT now, while imagining what the unit will be like if the speculation about the Motorola XPRT 2 pans out.

source: ThePopHerald  via AndroidandMe

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1. kstagg unregistered

Watch your back RIM. Android can do this so much better. You had your chance.

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i feel bad for anyone that just bought an XPRT.

3. DedManzChest unregistered

I think it's probably me, but if that is a pic of the XPRT 2, it looks like the keyboard slides out kind of like a hybird Palm Pre/BkBry Torch? I can only hope LOL!

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

With ya. I really like portrait sliders. We are in the vast minority, dedmanz.

4. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

as good as a job these manufacturers are doing with their "blackberry esque" devices, their OS just doesn't support email as well as blackberry does. until that happens i dont think blackberry will be going anywhere. personally, as a blackberry user, i wish they made phones with competitive specs, OR android "blackberry esque" phones had customized OS that made email as good as blackberry's.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

If Blackberry decides to release phones any time this decade, I do think the specs will be competitive. RIM won't have premium goodies until dual core, QNX phones. But the 1.2 Gig and higher res screens on the someday to be released devices will at least get them in the ballpark. It is borderline comical that Blackberry has only released one new device since last summer (Sprints "Style"), and let Droid Pro and the XPRT, the iPhone and W7 start really competing for their core customers.

7. my2cents unregistered

If you click on the photo and make it large you can tell its NOT a slide out keyboard! DUH! DUH!

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