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Sprint and Motorola Renew Their Vows With Plans for High-End Photon 4G

Sprint and Motorola pledged their commitment to one another at a New York event on Thursday, announcing plans for Sprint and its various brands to release 10 Motorola devices this year, including two it showed off at the event.

The star of the show is the Photon 4G, which packs a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch screen, the Gingerbread version of Android and an eight megapixel camera, as well as the ability to plug into a laptop dock, a la the Motorola Atrix.

The other device shown Thursday was the Motorola Triumph, the first Motorola device exclusive to Sprint’s Virgin Mobile prepaid brand. The thin 4.1-inch touchscreen device has HDMI output and the ability to capture 720p video.

Sprint and Motorola said the devices would be available this summer, but didn’t announce pricing or exact availability.

Motorola has been a longtime partner for Sprint’s Nextel brand, but its Android smartphones have been more closely tied with Verizon, where Motorola has powered many of that carrier’s Droid devices. To underscore the partnership, Thursday’s announcement featured Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha along with Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse.

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