Android Phones

Sprint recuits Transform, Zio, and Optimus S to Android army

October 6, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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I know that there’s an onslaught of new device announcements coming at you today, but I hope that you can handle three more. At its CTIA Fall 2010 presentation, Sprint announced three new devices that aim to attract the mid-range or entry-level sector of smartphone buyers. Hey, they can’t all be Epic Evolutionary devices, so let’s take a quick look at the new Android goodies.

Optimus S

Remember the Optimus One? What about the Optimus T? Well, if you recognize either of those names, you basically know the Optimus S. The device, which ships with Sprint ID, has Android 2.2, 3.2 megapixel camera, up to 32 GB microSD support, and the ability to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot features requires an additional $29.99 data plan.

The Optimus S ships on October 31 for $49.99 with a two-year contract (after $100 mail-in rebate).

Samsung Transform

Similar to what we saw with yesterday’s litany of Motorola products, there’s one device among Sprint’s bunch that stands out as a better option than the others.

The Samsung Transform features Sprint ID with 3.5-inch HVGA touch-screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 MP rear-facing camera with flash, and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls. The Transform runs Android 2.1 (Froyo promise to come later) and is poised to be the phone for people who want a smartphone but feel overwhelmed by the Epic/Evo.

The Transform ships October 10 for $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate.

Sanyo Zio

Sanyo is back in the smartphone game with the Zio, a device set to launch October 10. Also featuring Sprint ID, the Zio is an Android 2.1 device with an “intelligently sleek” design.” The phone features a 3.5-inch WVGA touch-screen, 3.2 megapixel camera with 30 fps video recording/playback, and a media-friendly touchscreen.

The Zio also features productivity-centric features like address book integration, pre-loaded Exchange Email, and ActiveSync. Zio users will also get 512MB of internal memory and up to 32GB microSD support (2GB included).

The Zio goes on sale October 10 for $99 after $100 mail-in rebate.