Sprint's roadmap for 2009 has leaked
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.
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.