Sprint's roadmap for 2009 has leaked

Sprint's roadmap for 2009 has leaked
We witness various leaked documents, photos and other unofficial stories very often, but sometimes there are really big pieces of information that hit the road to our ears, and you know which the best part is – we feel like sharing with you. Now, here is Sprint's roadmap for 2009, which shows the carrier's lineup for the months ahead. Among the other devices, of course, we see the Palm Pre, which is really hot right now. There are plenty of images that give enough information about each handset, so we will focus only on the most remarkable ones.

It wouldn’t take a genius to guess that we will start with the 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.

The 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.

source: PhoneNews



1. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Dec 12, 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: Jan 26, 2009

palm doesnt have an android device it has linux which is the pre

18. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 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: 71; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

24. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

what a numbnuts!

2. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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: Apr 09, 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: Feb 09, 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.

5. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

hell of a line up good job sprint!!

6. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 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?

22. tanders04

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

Its the Pre.

7. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 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: Feb 04, 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: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 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: Mar 15, 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: Feb 04, 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

17. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

krys2110 is a retard! im just sayin!

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: Dec 20, 2008

um... i thought rhodium was supposed to be Touch HD + QWERTY... not touch pro 2... check this page: http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Is-this-HTCs-lineup-for-2009-article-a_3762.html if i'm wrong sorry...

14. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you sure that it wasnt an Indirect dealer that told you they couldnt aford to buy phones?

23. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Good Call didnt think of that one. Those indirects are dumb

25. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

yea it was prob joebobs ho-down wireless that cant afford them

26. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 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: Sep 25, 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.

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