Sprint Gets Official with Android-Packing Samsung Transform

Remember that little Samsung Android slider we saw in a manual yesterday? It went official in an announcement today from Sprint, complete with Android 2.1 (not 2.2 as speculated), 3 megapixel camera, 3G over EV-DO, Wi-Fi b/g, GPS, a forward-facing video calling camera, 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, and a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen. The Samsung Transform will also launch with Sprint’s new ID service, which offers whole packs of mobile content, like apps, backgrounds, and ringtones – at a price, of course.

Specs-wise, the Transform is just a bit higher-end than the Intercept, and a notch lower than the Epic 4G, but it looks like it will be the spearhead for Sprint’s new blitz to sell bundles of mobile content. It’s an interesting idea, for sure, and a nice way to alleviate the ill will that preloaded bloatware has a bad habit of generating. Whether or not customers will bite, or just bask in their freedom of movement is another question altogether.

The Samsung Transform will be available on October 10 for $150 on contract after rebates, for those particularly interested.  Keep an eye on their online store, it should be showing up soon.

[via Sprint]

  • deraildoax

    Hmmm. I think I’m going to get my wife one of these. She currently has a Pre and really likes it, but HP doesn’t look like they’re releasing any new phones for many months. Shes up for upgrade Nov 1, plus she might like being able to use all the apps and having visual voice mail and a larger screen size. Seems like it would be an ok phone for her, anyone have any beef with this handset? It seems ok to me. She really didnt care for the size of the Epics screen, also she wasnt hip to the additional $10 a month for 4G.

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