Sprint Announces Motorola i1 Android Handset; World’s first Push-to-Talk Android Smartphone Set to Arrive this Summer

March 23, 2010, By Atul Roach

Motorola always has a rarity up its sleeve and this time, the pioneer of cellular technology has gone ahead and developed the first Android handset in the world to feature push-to-talk dubbed the i1. The smartphone has been announced by Sprint and it will use the iDEN technology from the Nextel territory to function as a walkie-talkie device on switching to the PTT connection.

Also recognized as the Motorola Opus, the Motorola i1 will be at Sprint stores by the summer of 2010 as announced by Sprint at the CTIA Wireless Convention.

The PTT enabled smartphone features a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a basic Android version and a Swipe virtual keyboard. On the connectivity front, it offers Bluetooth, WiFi and stereo audio support.

What is more is that it comes with a M810F certified bodyshell which is shock-proof, rain-proof and resistant to vibration as well. There is a 5.0 megapixel camera on the rear and this smartphone is also capable of video recording. The memory can be extended using a slot for a microSDHC card.

Though Sprint did not mention any pricing details, it will be available with an unlimited data plan and it might just fall in the sub $200 category. [via: Phonesreview]

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