[Full Photon 4G Review] The Photon 4G was announced by Sprint and Motorola in June 2011. It features a 4.3-inch display with a 540 x 960 qHD resolution. Inside the Photon 4G is a 1ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes loaded with Google Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and Motorola's Motoblur UI. It features two cameras, one rear facing eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash capable of video capture up to 720p HD and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera for video chat. The Photon 4G is also capable of using Motorola's laptop dock and is expected to release in Q3 2011. Read on for the latest Photon 4G news, reviews and videos:
by Anton D. Nagy | August 6, 2011 1:39 AM
Looks like it's that time for Motorola phones! Yesterday we've seen the Motorola Droid X2 SBF file and today we've got the Photon 4G System Boot File for all you hardcore tweakers and ROM flashers out there. If something goes wrong when you try to root or flash your phone, an SBF file can help you recover your phone. It will revert it to its factory default state and thus you'll lose your root access but it's always easier to root again than to buy a new phone to replace your bricked one. Head over to the source link where you can download the SBF and also read instructions on how to use ...
by Anton D. Nagy | July 29, 2011 6:15 AM
There are still a couple of days until you will be able to purchase the Motorola Photon 4G from the shelf but the phone is now available online over at the carrier's website for all of you who want to have it before anyone else. Following the source link will land you on Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G page from where you can purchase the phone. The price is, as confirmed, $199.99 with a two-year contract, for which you get a phone with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel camera, VGA front-facer, and 16GB of internal flash storage. If you want to spare a ...
by Anton D. Nagy | July 28, 2011 2:46 AM
The Motorola Photon 4G will be available July 31 for about $200 on-contract according to the carrier itself but if you want to make sure you're among the first owners of the phone, you can now pre-order the device and even save a couple of bucks. RadioShack has the Motorola Photon 4G listed on pre-order. It costs $179.99, opposed to the $199.99 you'll pay to Sprint, given you'll sign a new contract. If you want the phone only, it will set you back $579.99 and will ship when available. The Sprint Photon 4G features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel ...
by Anton D. Nagy | July 25, 2011 2:06 AM
There was already a leaked Sprint spreadsheet at the beginning of June showing off a couple of phones coming to the carrier and it appears that a new version of the document brings some more hints regarding phone release dates. If the information turns out to be true, you can expect the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 to arrive on August 21, similar to the previous leak. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is listed with a September 9 projected launch date but the LG Optimus Slider LS700 (AKA, the Gelato Q) has disappeared from the list, probably being delayed or cancelled. Also there is the ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 13, 2011 5:28 PM
Last week, we saw Motorola's Photon 4G on Sprint WiMAX get its FCC certification, a month after the smartphone was first announced. That set us up to expect the phone's release in the coming weeks, and sure enough, Sprint has finally announced the Photon's launch details, coming out on July 31 for about $200 on-contract. Like other recent Sprint launches, subscribers who qualify for the carrier's Sprint Premier program, by being a long-term customer or meeting certain monthly spending goals, will have the opportunity to order the Photon 4G a few days in advance, able to purchase the ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 7, 2011 7:15 PM
It hasn't been that long since we first heard of Motorola's Photon 4G, nor since Motorola and Sprint officially announced the smartphone last month. The WiMAX-equipped Android has hardware specs that remind us of Motorola's Atrix 4G on AT&T, though you may find the Photon more stylish with its beveled corners, giving it a very Battlestar-Galacticy look. The Photon 4G is supposed to arrive sometime this summer, but we've yet to hear even so much as a rumor saying just when that will be (short of a broad "July"). It looks like we're getting closer, though, with what appears to be the Photon ...
by Stephen Schenck | June 14, 2011 6:11 PM
Hidden away withing the carrier's Sprint ID app, there lives a list of Sprint devices. More than just what's currently available on Sprint, the list includes a few placeholders for smartphones that have yet to be released. With a little guesswork, we can take a stab at identifying what upcoming hardware each name refers to. The list currently includes the unreleased LG Optimus B, LG Q, Samsung Chief, and Motorola Sunfire. The Optimus B could easily be the LG Optimus Black. Early on, before "Black" took hold, the smartphone was referred to as simply the LG B. Lacking any other reasonable ...
by Anton D. Nagy | June 10, 2011 4:51 AM
Sprint and Motorola announced the Motorola Photon 4G yesterday and there were some initial hopes for an unlocked bootloader according to reports based on a reps unofficial statement. Unfortunately that is not the case. Reaching out directly to Motorola with a question regarding the Photon 4G bootloader, Droid-life got the following, this time official statement: "Motorola has recognized the passion around this topic in our communities. As we've previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where ...
by Brandon Miniman | June 9, 2011 3:34 PM
Most high end smartphone now either have an HDMI output in the form of a type C or D port, or can do HDMI output with a special cradle or USB accessory. In fact, Sprint's latest high-end Android, the Photon 4G, joins the ranks of HDMI-ouput-capable devices. Granted, OEMs make it difficult to spontaneously connect your phone to an HDTV, but the option exists if you're willing to hunt down the proper accessories. This begs the question: if your phone has an HDMI-output feature, do you use it? If so, what do you use it for? Do You Use Your Phone's HDMI Output?customer surveys
by Stephen Schenck | June 9, 2011 1:51 PM
This afternoon in New York City, Sprint and Motorola's press event has revealed the Photon 4G, just as we were expecting, along with the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile pre-paid. Available Photon 4G specs match what was earlier leaked: the Android is very Atrix-like, with a qHD display, dual-core Tegra 2, and a gigabyte of RAM; the most obvious difference between the smartphones is the Photon 4G's screen measures in at 4.3 inches, over the Atrix's 4.0. Like the Atrix and the re-tooled Bionic, the Photon 4G will support Motorola's laptop dock. In addition to working on Sprint's CDMA and ...
by Brandon Miniman | May 27, 2011 11:43 AM
On June 9, both the CEO of Sprint and Motorola will be holding an event to show "Sprint and Motorola's latest collaborations" in New York. Having both CEOs in attendance means that the event will be a huge deal for both companies. What could this be about? Well, just today we posted about an upcoming Motorola phone on Sprint called the Photon 4G, and we'll bet our money that the event will unveil this particular smartphone. The Photon 4G is likely to sport a 4.3" qHD 960x540 display, powered by a Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, and probably 1GB of RAM. It'll also run on Sprint's 4G WiMax network. ...
by Stephen Schenck | May 27, 2011 11:42 AM
Sprint's not exactly known for its wide assortment of Motorola phones; right now, the only such smartphone on the network is the aging push-to-talk i1. We heard a rumor in April that the Atrix 4G might no longer be an AT&T exclusive in the States and be picked up by Sprint, as well. While nothing's come of that as of yet, the newest twist on the rumor says that instead of the Atrix proper, Sprint could be getting another high-end Motorola Android, supposedly called the Photon 4G. According to Phandroid, the Photon 4G will have a 4.3-inch qHD display, like the Droid X2. Along with a ...