By Stephen Schenck | October 24, 2011 11:26 AM
Earlier this month, Boost Mobile added to its line-up with the introduction of Samsung’s Transform Ultra. The QWERTY slider became the first 1GHz Android on the carrier, soon to be joined by the ZTE Warp in November. For these past weeks, the Transform Ultra’s been a Boost exclusive, but it’s now spreading to other CDMA carriers, with Sprint announcing its own plans for the handset.
While the Transform Ultra is still a decently mid-range smartphone, it’s got a whole lot more powerful competition to face up against over at Sprint, where its 512MB of RAM, 2GB flash storage, and HVGA display sound a bit less impressive. We’ll give it points for having a front-facing camera, but the main image sensor’s three-megapixel resolution is bound to leave some of you wanting. To be fair, when compared only against other QWERTY sliders, the Transform Ultra fares a bit better, and with the Epic 4G on the way out, it will have even less competition.
Sprint is offering the Transform Ultra for about $80 on-contract, after a $50 rebate. Considering Boost is letting it go for just $230, it feels like Sprint could really be pricing the handset a bit cheaper, but it’s admittedly still very affordable. Sales kick off straight away through Radio Shack, and Sprint will begin direct sales next month, on November 13.