By Stephen Schenck | October 20, 2011 12:42 PM
A leak last month spilled most of the beans on the Motorola Admiral, an Android smartphone set to become the first such device to use Sprint’s new Direct Connect push-to-talk system, the CDMA successor to its offerings over iDEN. Since then, we’ve also seen the phone on video and in some more leaked photos, and today it finally goes official, with Motorola and Sprint announcing the start of Admiral sales for October 23.
The Admiral is a ruggedized model, equipped to resist dust, shock, temperature pretty much everything but moisture. Its screen is covered with Gorilla Glass for extra scratch-resistance.
Hardware specs reaffirm what we saw in last month’s leak. The Admiral will have a 1.2GHz single-core processor, a 3.1-inch full-VGA screen, five-megapixel rear camera with support for 720p video, and 4GB of internal flash storage. The phone will arrive running Gingerbread.
This new Direct Connect system should be familiar to anyone who’s used the iDEN network Sprint inherited from Nextel. That means instant connections, group broadcasts, and the distinctive “chirp”. Combined with the phone’s ruggedized construction, the Admiral is clearly being targeted towards the likes of contractors and engineers. Orders for the phone kick-off in Sprint Stores on October 23, where you’ll be able to buy one on-contract for about $100. It looks like those orders may be fulfilled by mail, with Sprint noting the phone will arrive to all channels later on November 13.