Sprint’s Motorola XPRT, an Android Smartphone Aimed at BlackBerry Users

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Sprint has announced plans to launch the Motorola XPRT, a device that will run Google’s Android OS but has clearly been designed to lure business users away from their BlackBerrys with its physical keyboard, touchscreen, and international roaming capabilities.

The XPRT’s design is similar to the recently-announced BlackBerry Bold 9900, with a 3.1-inch HVGA (640 x 480) Touchscreen above a QWERTY thumb-keyboard.

Motorola XPRT from SprintMost enterprise users are concerned about security, and this will be an unusually secure model, with 256-bit AES data encryption and controls the IT department will appreciate, including the ability to remotely handle functions like enabling PIN or password lock, password recovery and data wipe on both the phone and SD card if lost or stolen.

Most Sprint smartphones can’t be used in Europe or other areas that don’t have CDMA networks. The XPRT, on the other hand, is going to be a worldphone, so in addition to support for Sprint’s network it will be able to connect to GSM networks around the globe. 

Although this smartphone will not support Sprint’s 4G WiMAX service, it will have 3G EV-DO Rev. A. It will also offer Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and the ability to act as a mobile hotspot to share its 3G connection with a laptop or other computer.

Beyond Business
The Motorola XPRT is going to be about more than just work. As it will run Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on a 1GHz processor, it’s going to come with entertainment software as well, including a music and video player, plus a YouTube app. In addition to offering support for enterprise email systems like Exchange ActiveSync, users will be able to get their messages from personal email systems, like Gmail.

This device is going to have a microSD memory card slot and a 2GB card for storing all types of files, and it will have a 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash and a 1860 mAh battery.

Price and Availability
The Motorola XPRT will launch on Sunday, June 5, in Sprint Stores and this carrier’s website. It will be aggressively priced, selling for $130 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

This device should seem familiar to many, as Verizon introduced its own version last year called the Droid Pro. Sprint’s upcoming model will have a newer version of the operating system, though.




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