Motorola broke in 2012 on the FCC with a tear down of its Photon 4G Android smartphone. The device first appeared on the FCC back in July, but internal photos of the device were not released until today.
Unfortunately, Motorola’s internal photos of the device don’t reveal much. However, a Qualcomm processor is visible near the middle of the device’s circuit board, along with Hynix memory. You can also see a Beecem Wimax chip near the bottom of the device’s main board. Beecem was acquired by Broadcom in 2010.
Check out the full Motorola Photon 4G tear down gallery below.
ZTE is better known for its OEM feature phones, but the company has recently started to roll out a suite of Android tablets. Today, one of the company’s latest tablets, the V55, won FCC approval and judging from the label pic above the device appears to be headed for Sprint.
The V55 features a 10.1-inch display with a 1280×800 resolution, 1.2GHz processor and Android Honeycomb (its unclear what version of Honeycomb). The device was first spotted at CTIA this year, although at that time ZTE didn’t provide any information about carrier partners, a release date or prince. The V55 was expected to feature LTE capabilities, but this won’t be the case with Sprint’s version of the device. According to FCC filings, the device will only have 3G access to Sprint’s network, along with WiFI and Bluetooth – LTE or WiMAX was not mentioned.
Last week Pocketnow uncovered images of the Samsung SPH-M930, and today the device won approval from the FCC. The device features a QWERTY sliding keyboard somewhat reminiscent of the Epic 4G, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, HVGA-resolution display, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.3.
The SPH-M930 is headed to Sprint’s Boost Mobile subsidiary and will support CDMA and EvDO 850 and 1900 bands. FCC filings made no mention of 4G capabilities. Boost Mobile offers prepaid wireless services, and the SPH-M930 will be a capable addition to Boost’s growing lineup of Android smartphones.
Late this evening, Samsung passed a phone called the SPH-D710 through the FCC. The device won approval for CDMA/EvDO and WiMAX, clear signs that the device is headed for Sprint. The SPH-D710 also won FCC approval for Bluetooth and dual-band Wireless-N WiFi.
The design, camera housing shape and speaker positioning of the SPH-D710 line up with leaked images of Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that were previously published on This is my next, picture below. It’s interesting to note that Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II is about 5mm taller and 3mm wider than the European version of the S II that’s currently shipping according to FCC measurements, above right.
Samsung hasn’t made any mention of the Galaxy S II for Sprint, but today’s FCC filing is a good sign that we’ll be seeing the device soon. Multiple sources are reporting that the Galaxy S II for AT&T and Verizon will be hitting stores in August, so it’s likely that within a month the three largest carriers in the U.S. will all be offering the Galaxy S II.
This is my next published a few pics of what appears to be a Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S II today. The device bears a Sprint logo on its back, above, and lists Sprint as its network in Android settings. This is my next reports that the Galaxy S II may be released as the “Galaxy Within” by Sprint, and is likely to run Android 2.3.4.
We already spotted the Galaxy S II with AT&T bands on the FCC, but so far this is the first we’ve heard of a CDMA/EvDO version of the device for Sprint. It’s unclear if the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II will support Sprint’s WiMAX network as well.
Sprint hasn’t made any mention of the Galaxy S II or the Galaxy Within, of course, but This is my next suspects that the device may be released in a few days or weeks.
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Renders of LG’s Optimus Slider were leaked earlier this week, and today the device made an appearance on the FCC. Known by the model number LS700, the Optimus Slider is a CDMA/EvDO Android smartphone with Bluetooth and WiFi that is expected to launch on Sprint. The Optimus Slider is rumored to feature a sliding QWERTY keypad and possibly a secondary LCD screen that will provide access to Android apps.
No word on pricing or availability at this point, but we’ve seen an increase in Optimus Slider news over the past few days which, combined with today’s FCC filing, suggests that the device may be launched soon.