Sprint to finally launch a Tegra 2 powered handset?

Sprint to finally launch a Tegra 2 powered handset?
Mobile carriers are a jealous lot. When one gets to launch something new, the others all clammer for one, too. And no one wants to be the last one to finally offer its customers the latest and greatest technology. So, you can imagine what the executives at Sprint have been talking about after watching the parade of Tegra 2 dual-core phones get launched by other carriers. AT&T had the Motorola ATRIX 4G, Verizon had an online launch of the Motorola DROID X2 and T-Mobile offered its faithful the T-Mobile G2x.

According to an anonymous source for Android and Me who has proven himself accurate in matters pertaining to Sprint in the past, next month the nation's third largest carrier will offer a re-designed version of the Motorola ATRIX 4G. One difference will be the display which will be stretched to 4.3 inches for Sprint from the 4 inches on the AT&T model. The unit will also be designed to look more like the HTC EVO 4G with a kickstand on the back of the phone.

There is a sense of karma, even in the cell phone world. Sprint customers were the first to be offered a 4G phone and next month, if this reliable source for Android and Me is correct, they will be the last among the top four U.S. carriers to be offered a handset with a Tegra 2 processor.

source: AndroidandMe



1. green2u unregistered

It's been rumored since mid-March that Sprint was getting the Atrix. Glad to hear it will be an updated version. Decisions, decisions....wait for this re-design or spring for the Evo 3D......

2. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Fun choice to have, huh?

3. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Ok hopefully they don't just stop at 4.3 inch display. Maybe throw in some 1080P video recording. Bump the camera up to 8mp and add a better front facing camera 1.3-2 mp instead of the current 0.3 and now and now it's sitting neck and neck with the Galaxy SII and the Evo 3D...When decieding on my next Sprint phone I may have to flip a coin or just close my eyes and pick one.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, Sprint could start selling the EVO 3D....

5. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

Hopefully, it will have the same specs as the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon. Only that will keep me from switching to Verizon. I like Sprint but I would have to have a reason to stick with as the network is rather crappy and a version of the Motorola Droid Bionic would be reason enough for me.

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it's probable that the Bionic will use a superior processor (perhaps the Tegra III) because they cancelled the "Etna" Bionic. 4G LTE doesn't seem to be compatible with today's dual-core chip sets. that's why all the 4G LTE phones on Verizon have been launching with single core processors (if you remember the Revolution was going to launch with a dual-core processor) so Motorola quickly put out the Droid X2 with a Tegra II because they became behind with Verizon when they had to cancel the "Etna" and they wanted to be the first to present a dual-core offering (albeit with 3G) because they know it's an option you can't get with LTE now.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah..., the oft-delayed Bionic. At this point, until I can physically touch a working production edition Bionic, it is vaporware.

7. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's pretty cool, it might even end up becoming an "EVO" branded Motorola.

11. warren ellis unregistered

yeah they need to debrand the evo 3d and name it something else because they moved the usb port to another location and now that the hdmi cable is cheap and able to be found in stores sprint wants to change the whole thing. and then here it comes without a kick stand.

9. leefer77

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

How does Sense UI and Motoblur compare? I've never used a motorola android phone. I got an EVO when they first came out (my only android device), and have used Rom's with Sense and Roms without Sense. I tend to like the Roms with Sense UI better than without. Any opinions about which is better?

13. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you'll probably get the traditional Blur like what's found on the Atrix and not the one on the Droid series because that interface seems to be a Verizon exclusive and the only basis of comparison i have with the traditional Motoblur is the experience i had on the Motorola Devour and that was a fine phone although it only had Android 1.6. it seems like Blur makes pretty big strides in speed with every upgrade especially with the Gingerbread builds on the Droid 2 and X, smooth as butter i say but since this phone will have a dual-core you shouldn't be concerned about speed and it's a little more simple than Sense, it's probably the closest interface you'll get to stock Android without actually going stock but like Whateverman said there's plenty of launchers at your disposal from the market. i personally use GO Launcher EX, really nice launcher, doesn't have the developer backbone like Launcher Pro does but i think it has better core functionality and performance and there's good updates for it often.

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Leefer, I have a Droid X and I can honestly say as much as I love this phone, HTC's Sense UI kicks MotoBlur's a$$! The frame rate for scrolling feels like it's at 5 frames per second or something ridiculously low like that. Some people like it, but I knew from day 1 MotoBlur wasn't for me, so I went straight to the market and downloaded the free version of launcher pro. In opinion, it's the best home replace on the market. ADW, Live Home, and Crazy Home are pretty good too.

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