Sprint has taken the wraps off the latest member of its Instinct line of consumer-oriented smartphones. The Samsung Instinct HD will put a greater emphasis on multimedia, with a high-resolution camera and video-out capabilities.
This device will have much in common with its predecessors, including a curved tablet shape with a 240-by-432-pixel touchscreen. It will also use the same proprietary user interface as the current versions.
But it will be the first in this line with a 5-megapixel camera with video recording. It will even sport a HD TV-out connection.
Web browsing has generally been a weak spot for the Instinct line, but the upcoming device will have Opera Mobile 9.7, one of the most capable smartphone browsers available.
Its predecessors have all had support for Sprint EV-DO mobile broadband service, and the latest version will add Wi-Fi.
Samsung has also added an ambient light sensor and an accelerometer, to this model.
Aside from these changes, the Instinct HD will include the suite of software that have graced its predecessors. This includes personal organization apps, email software, Sprint Navigation, and audio and video players, including Sprint TV.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Instinct HD will go on sale exclusively from Best Buy Mobile starting on Sept. 27. On Oct. 11, it will be available in all company-owned retail channels, including sprint.com.
This smartphone will sell for $250 with a new two-year service agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.
David Owens, Sprint’s Director of National marketing, does a demonstration of the features of the Instinct HD in this video: