Rumors Swirl About Sprint Motorola Phone: Droid X2 or Atrix-like?

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Sprint and Motorola will hold a press conference in New York on Thursday afternoon, and rumors are flying about an impending announcement from the two players that might turn out to be a Sprint flavor of either a Droid X2 or an Atrix 4G-like smartphone.

Some are speculating that the companies will unveil a Sprint version of the Droid X2 called the “Photon,” a product name already leaked by Motorola.

SprintIf a product like that is indeed announced, the Photon will presumably offer faster wireless networking speeds, since it will run on Sprint’s 4G WiMax rather than the Verizon 3G CDMA network used by the original Droid X2,

Under an alternative theory, the real identity of the mystery product is a device similar to AT&T’s also Motorola-built, Android OS-enabled Atrix 4G, but with different dock accessories.

As some see it. the Droid X2 hypothesis seems to make more sense. For one thing, Motorola has recently started moving away from its seemingly exclusive relationship with Verizon for phones based on Droid designs.

In fact, Sprint has already announced plans to offer the Motorola XPRT (pronounced “Expert”), a phone that uses the same design as Verizon’s Droid Pro.

Meanwhile, after announcing the Atrix 4G just six months ago at CES 2011, AT&T has just cut pricing about in half on that Android OS-enabled phone,

Might this move be taken to mean that the Atrix hasn’t been selling all that well at its initial price of almost $200 with contract?

Meanwhile, in online forums, some users have voiced complaints about the high cost of Atrix accessories like the laptop dock and HD/desktop dock. (Users haven’t been happy, either, over AT&T’s tether fee, or the limits that AT&T now places on data.)

Still, nobody really knows for sure what Sprint and Motorola might be cooking up. Stay tuned to Brighthand for coverage of the joint announcement later this week.




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