Motorola PHOTON 4G Specs



The Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint is not just a regular Android – it packs a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, along with WiMAX, CDMA and GSM connectivity. Specs-wise, it's somehow similar to the ATRIX 4G on AT&T, but has a different styling. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will have 4.3" qHD touchscreen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM and a kickstand.

This device is also known as Motorola MB855, Motorola ELECTRIFY


  • Thick body (0.48 inches)

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Size: 4.3 inches
Resolution: 960 x 540 pixels, 256 PPI
Screen-to-body: 60.08 %
Features: Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


System chip: NVIDIA Tegra 2
Processor: Dual-core, 1000 MHz
Internal storage: 16GB
Storage expansion: microSDHC up to 32 GB
OS: Android (2.3)
Device type: Smartphone


Capacity: 1700 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, User replaceable


Rear: Single camera
Main camera: 8 MP (Autofocus)
Flash: Dual LED
Video recording: 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Features: Video calling
Front: 0.3 MP VGA
Dimensions: 5.00 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches (126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm)
Weight: 5.57 oz (158.0 g)
Features: Notification light
Keys: Right: Volume control, Camera shutter


3G: Bands 5(850), 2(1900), 1(2100)
Data Speed: HSPA, UMTS, WiMAX


Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Features: Album art cover, Background playback, Preset equalizer
Screen mirroring: DLNA
Radio: FM

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 2.1, EDR
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n
USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
Features: Mass storage device, Charging
Hearing aid compatible: M4, T4
HDMI: Micro HDMI (Type D), 1.3
Location: GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass
Other: Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Haptic feedback, (MP3)
Other features: Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Jul 07, 2011
FCC ID value: IHDP56MD1
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.93 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg

Buyers information

Price: $ 550


Jun 09, 2011
Officially announced: Yes
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Carrier Availability


U.S. Cellular


User Reviews

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Rating breakdown (out of 10)
decent phone
Phone owned for more than a year

i like this phone, i got it when it first came out and it was top of the line then and still works now. i broke the speakers a few months ago and now i have a new phone, but i still actively use this one as an ipod and for doing stuff that could screw up my new phone. the kickstand is nice, and probably one of the best features. it is still pretty good despite being over a year old

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First smartphone, the Motorola, Photon, Sprint: Durable, consistent, great, overall phone!
Phone owned for more than a year

First off this Motorola, Photon, on Sprint, was my first smartphone. Prior to this I have had very low end feature phones on Straighttalk, 2009; then switched to Sprint.
Thats when I found my friend, the Photon! For a dual core, it was fast, then at one point, I went hog wild on the apps! Having some fun on autoraps, etc.

Point about my character, I am hard, on things, so it took a beating from me. I live in Colorado, where it snows, and the first year and 3 months, I had him encased, in a, Defender, by Otterbox.
I accidently, dropped him, and have been suffering since. But guess what, after the drop, he survived, no hardware damage and it was from a 3-foot drop, on concrete.
Also, water was introduced to him as in a quick drop, with a non-water proof, case on. And once bare, it had dropped from my back-pack, into a sink of running water.
Both times, I immediately, took him apart and dried, him (my Photon), out.
After each incident, no problems. Except I have a cracked screen, fault.
Overall, I feel Motorola, gets a two thumbs up, in a very durable, piece of machinery, it felt rugged.
Media wise, again hooray, I was very, pleased at which, the speed this small phone/mini-computer, aka smartphone, could do. Very pleased indead. I also believe that the android system is a superior format, for todays, needs and wants, of the consumer. I usually buy Motorola cell phones, but have always been attracted to the design quality of the Samsungs. I've been in the wireless since its inception....anyways, this time I have my eye on the Samsung, Galaxy Note as my next upgrade.
You can never go wrong with Motorola, they make superior products, and have been in the game along time. I know I buy their products.

Never had problems with anything, I loved the side kick stand, so much and will miss this. However, I believe I can purchase a case for my, new phone that has this feature.
The speakers on the Photon are very nice, it was one of the top smartphones, of its release time, Which featured a dual-core.

Great for Google searches, and play store is highly recommended if you are considering leaving the closed, and expensive, system of iproducts. This could be a nice used android phone that won't hurt your pocket. Still let you experience, the flow and ebb of Android platform.
Peace every one.

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Bang for Buck
Phone owned for less than a year

Photon 4G is my 1st Android phone. I have used Nokias before and was not particularly interested in buying a Motorola. For me the price must match the relative value/usability of the phone, I've never thought of purcahsing an iphone/Galaxy/HTC phone and frankly I never will, in this backdrop, the price that I got the Photon 4G was just too good to refuse.
The build quality is impressive on the phone. Metals have the essential characteristic of unwavering durability and toughness, personally I would prefer this on a phone rather than to boast only on the benchmarks on any phone. Photon 4G sports metal on sides and scratch resistant glass on the face, so it is was biggest selling point for me;

Metal Durability > Polycarbonate/Plastic Toyness.

The phone feels solid in the hand, has enough weight on it however it is not overbearing. I appreciate the metal used on the sides which conveys a serious aptitude of the phone, unline the toy, plastic feel of the Samsung/Nokia/HTC, phones this feels prime.
The other features that I like are the above par camera, simple UI, sound reception and excellent computing horsepower under the hood. I would also like to mention the pragmatic aspect of the kickstand on the back, making video calls and even listening to music is fun. Unlike some other reviews that I read I havn't encountered any software gliches on the phone.
I have installed quite a lot of applications for office use, camera related apps and other general productivity apps, all are responsive and there is no lag in the performance.

The phone could definately have had benefited from ICS upgrade but that might be nitpicking for a general user like me, however, unlike me others might find this aspect a deal breaker.

On the software side I would like to mention "Motocast" ppersonal remote storage access application, I use it to access all office files, pdfs, projects and dataeven on the multimedia side this app complements the usage of the phone. It is a must have app for Photon 4G owners.

In the past I always shyed away from buying a Motorola, however I shall definately keep this one and in the future would like to purchase a Motorola cell phone, On the side note I got another one for my fiance and she likes it too.

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