The next Motorola 4G WiMAX smartphone going to Sprint known as Motorola Photon 4G will be officially released on July 31.
However, the Photon 4G is expected to make an early appearance on the carrier's official website for premiere consumers on July 28. Motorola Photon 4G will be the first Motorola dual core smartphone available from Sprint.
The new smartphone from Motorola clearly have specifications that can pose a threat to Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation 4G. When it goes on sale, the Photon 4G is set to cost $199.99 on a two-year contract.
Here is a look at their comparison between them.
Motorola Photon 4G has a dimension of 126.9 x 66.9 x 12.2 mm and weighs 158 g whereas Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm dimension and weighs 116 g. And HTC Sensation 4G has a dimension of 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm and weighs at 148 g.
All the three smartphones have a 4.3-inch display. But Motorola Photon 4G with TFT capacitive touchscreen and HTC Sensation 4G with S-LCD capacitive touchscreen has 540x960 pixels resolution compared to Samsung Galaxy S2’s Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen 480x800 pixels resolution.
The super phone from Motorola will have multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and touch-sensitive controls. And the input features found in Galaxy S2 are Gorilla Glass display, TouchWiz UI v4.0, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, touch-sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Gyroscope sensor.While HTC Senation has Gorilla Glass display, multi-touch, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off, gyro sensor and HTC Sense v3.0 UI.
Samsung’s phone contains 16 GB/ 32 GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM compared HTC Senation's 768 MB RAM and 1 GB storage, but both the phones have up to 32 GB microSD and 8 GB is included. However Motorola’s smartphone has 16 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM and 2 GB ROM with up to 32 GB microSD support.
The Photon 4G has Rev.A up to 3.1 Mbps along with 4G LTE support whereas Samsung’s phone has HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support.HTC’s phone comes with T-Mobile’s HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support.
Samsung’s phone has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot included in it compared to Motorola Photon’s Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot; WiMAX 802.16 e support and HTC Senation's Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot support. The Galaxy S2 has Bluetooth version 3.0 + HS whereas Motorola’s phone has Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP with EDR support and both the smartphone comes with microUSB version 2.0.HTC Senation features Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and microUSB version 2.0.
There is 8-megapixel or 3264x2448 pixels camera in all the three smartphones along with autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization features. Samsung’s phone has LED flash and touch focus feature as against HTC Sensation and Photon 4G’s dual-LED flash.
There is a secondary VGA camera and 720p video capture in Motorola smartphone whereas Galaxy S2 has 2-megapixel camera and 1080p support. And HTC Sensation 4G has VGA camera, touch-focus, instant capture capabilities and can capture videos at 1080p.
The Android OS version 2.3 Gingerbread is available in all the three smartphones.
Samsung’s Galaxy S2 will feature dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Exynos chipset processor while Photon 4G will come with 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H dual Core processor. HTC Sensation features a 1.2 GHz dual-core Adreno 220 GPU Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon processor.
The Photon 4G will have Li-Po 1700 mAh battery giving up to 9 hours of talk time compared to Galaxy S2’s Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery which gives 8 hours 40 minutes of talk time on 3G and HTC Sensation with Li-Ion 1520 mAh gives up to 8 hours 20 mintues of talk time.
The common features found in both these smartphones are SMS thread view, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, HTML browser, A-GPS support, Java MIDP emulator, SNS integration, digital compass, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, organizer, Adobe Flash, voice memo-dial-commands and predictive Swype text input.
Few other extra features found in Photon 4G include active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, HDMI port, MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC+ player, MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player, built-in kickstand, document viewer, photo viewer and editor. And Galaxy S2 has active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, RSS, stereo FM radio with RDS, NFC support (optional), TV-out (via MHL A/V link), MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, image and video editor and document editor. And HTC Senation 4G has TV-out (via MHL A/V link), document viewer, Picasa integration, MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player and XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player.
Motorola Photon 4G has World phone capability with support for 3G and 4G mobile hotspot for up to eight devices. Similar to Motorola Atrix, Photon 4G has Webtop application support which can be customized with HD station. As the phone comes with a Wireless Remote and HDMI cable, when docked the users will be able to access Firefox Web browser with tabbed browsing. The accessories include $70 wireless keyboard, $60 Vehicle Navigation Dock and $99.99 HD docking station.
HTC Sensation is already available in the market and Samsung Galaxy S2 is expected to make a splash in all the four major carriers with different versions.
Samsung Galaxy S2 latest rumors point that the smartphone version going to Verizon may have 4G LTE radios, while Sprint may get an additional physical keyboard packing version just like the Samsung Epic 4G. T-Mobile version is expected to be Samsung Hercules. Many rumours point that Galaxy S2 is expected to be released on July 21 and one of the comments read that when one customer contacted AT&T representative about the release of Galaxy S2, she was informed that the smartphone will launch on of July 23.
Also, Sprint along with Clearwire and Time Warner Cable announced on Tuesday that their current 4G WiMAX footprint in New York City has been expanded by 21%.According to the press release The regional CLEAR®, Time Warner Cable Mobile Internet and Sprint 4G service area have added coverage for an additional 91,363 people. Now, more than 11,927,000 people in the New York City area have access to Clearwire’s 4G mobile broadband network. This expansion represents new coverage since Clearwire’s initial launch on November 1, 2010.Enhanced capacity and expanded coverage can be experienced in the following communities: Alpine, Bayonne, Elizabeth, Fair Lawn, Newark, Paramus, Secaucus, Union, NJ; and Hartsdale, New Rochelle, New York, Rockville Centre, Yonkers, NY.
With Verizon 4G LTE setting the standard benchmark for 4G across the country, Sprint Nextel will confirm its network-sharing agreement with LightSquared in conjunction with its earnings announcement on July 28. Sprint is looking in the direction of LTE as unified standard and is expecting to upgrade to LTE standard. The company will be announcing a 4-5 billion dollar LTE deal with LightSquared during the event and are expecting to save between $10 billion and $11 billion over a seven-year period as a result of the more efficient equipment.
The latest news on Samsung shows that the company informed that together with Synopsis, it has produced one of the first ARM-based chips with the 20nm process, and created a design kit for potential customers to play with. Samsung's 20nm process technology will use second-generation gate last high-K metal gate (HKMG) process technology as well as fifth-generation strained silicon wafers.
Kyu-Myung Choi, vice president of system LSI infrastructure design center of device solutions division at Samsung Electronics said “With more functionality converged into a single device, semiconductor SoC design companies need advanced foundry services that provide comprehensive design enablement portfolios along with proven manufacturing technologies. This is a significant milestone with regard to the design ecosystem that needs to be developed in parallel with the manufacturing process.
The design methodology, tools and IPs used on this 20nm test chip bring together the most advanced technology from our design infrastructure partners together with Samsung process and design technology to solve critical design challenges so our customers can deliver their latest chips to market quickly and efficiently.”