Sprint announced that they’d be carrying the Motorola i1, a ruggedized push-to-talk Android phone about 4 months ago, and now they’re finally getting around to releasing it. Various regional carriers have been getting the Motorola i1 out much earlier, but Sprint’s iDEN network will probably be offering the widest coverage and service.
We’ve known about this thing for at least a year now, but just to go over the specs again, the Motorola i1 packs a 3.1″ touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, meets MilitarySpec 810F ruggedness for rain, dust, shock, temperature, low pressure, and humidity, and comes preloaded with Opera Mini 5 and the Swype keyboard. It’s still running a somewhat-dated Android 1.5, but so far, the i1 is the only Android handset to tackle the rough-and-tumble market of those in shipping/receiving and a wide variety of field personnel.
Head on over to Sprint for an e-mail reminder of the Motorola i1′s availability on July 25, when you’ll be able to nab it for $149.99 on a two-year contract. Be sure to take a look at our hands-on video before taking the plunge, though.