Sprint announces 3 sub-$150 Android phones: The Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform, and LG Optimus S

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Obnoxiously overplayed Black Eyed Peas songs and pre-built content packs aren’t the only things Sprint had to offer at today’s press gathering in San Francisco. Also debuting: a trio of sub-$150 Android phones from Sanyo, LG, and Samsung.

We’ll be getting a hands on with all three devices later — in the meantime, join us after the jump for a glance at the specs.

The Sanyo Zio:

  • $99.99 on a 2-year contract (after $100 mail-in rebate)

ENTERTAINMENT AND PERSONALIZATION
· Sprint ID, a user-friendly new means of customizing Android content on mobile phones. Allows users to instantly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once.
· Android v2.1 providing direct access to more than 80,000 applications and fun games from Android Market, which users can download and install on their phones.
· 3.2 MP camera and camcorder with auto-focus and video playback.
· 3.5-inch WVGA touch screen with virtual QWERTY.
· MP3 player and Bluetooth v2.1+EDR (including Stereo Bluetooth).
· MicroSD card slot (includes 2GB microSD card and supports up to 32GB microSDHC cards).
· CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
· Sprint Zone – one-stop source for access to wireless account info, firsthand customer news, phone tips and tricks, a list of top apps and more.
· Sprint Music Plus – Allows users to personalize their music experience providing full music tracks, ringtones, and ringback tones.

PRODUCTIVITY
· Intuitive trackball for easy navigation.
· Visual voicemail.
· Corporate Email (Exchange Active Sync) & personal email (POP & IMAP), which gives you access to Gmail®, Yahoo! ® and much more.
· GPS Navigation – search for the closest coffee shop, or navigate to a specific address with a 3D map that moves with you.

SPECIFICATIONS
· Available in Black with Silver trim.
· Dimensions: 4.6″ x 2.3″ x 0.5″.
· Weight: 3.7 oz.
· Display: 3.5” TFT” WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) touch-screen.
· Removable 1130 mAH lithium ion (Li-ion) battery provides up to 4.6 hours of continuous talk time.

LG Optimus S

  • $49.99 after a two year contract

ENTERTAINMENT AND PERSONALIZATION
· Sprint ID, a user-friendly new means of customizing Android content on mobile phones. Allows users to instantly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once.
· Android 2.2 providing direct access to thousands of useful applications and fun games which users can download and install on their phone.
· Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously.
· 3.2-megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom.
· MP3 player with microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB).

PRODUCTIVITY
· Visual Voicemail.
· GPS Navigation– search for the closest coffee shop, or navigate to a specific address with a 3D map that moves with you.
· Corporate Email (Exchange Active Sync) & Personal email (POP & IMAP) which gives you access to Gmail®, Yahoo! ® and much more.
· Integrated stereo BluetoothTM wireless technology.

SPECIFICATIONS
· Available in Charcoal Gray beginning Oct. 31.
· Dimensions: 4.47” x 2.32” x 0.52”, 4.6 oz.
· Main Display: 3.2” CGS (320 x480 HVGA).
· Standard Battery: 1500 mAh, up to 5 Hours talk time1.

Samsung Transform:

  • $149.99 after a two year contract

PRODUCTIVITY
· Large 3.5-inch HVGA display and premium touch-screen
· Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
· Android 2.1; access to more than 80,000 apps on Android Market™
· Text, speech to text and IM using AOL®, Yahoo®, Windows Live™, Gmail™, Hotmail, Sprint Mail and more
· Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (Brita- please confirm)
· Visual Voicemail for quick and easy access to voicemail messages
· GPS-enabled, turn-by-turn directions
· Sprint Zone™ provides access the customer’s wireless account, phone tips, news, a list of top apps, Sprint TV®, NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM and Sprint Music Plus

ENTERTAINMENT/PERSONALIZATION
· Dual cameras: 3.2 MP rear-facing and camera with flash (no zoom) and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera for video conferencing
· Google™ mobile services, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Search and YouTube
· Access to social networking sites Facebook®, Flickr® and Twitter™
· Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
· Sprint TV®, Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
· MP3 Player with MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32GB)

SPECIFICATIONS
· Dimensions: 2.42 x 4.61 x 0.61 inches; Weight; 5.4 ounces
· Main display: 3.5 inches; TFT full touch panel; HVGA (480 x 320 pixels) 16M colors
· 800 MHz processor
· Chipset: Samsung (S3C6410) + Qualcomm (QSC6085)
· Internal memory (RAM/ROM): 256/512MB
· Standard Lithium (LiIon) battery: 1500mAH; up to 6 hours continuous talk time

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