It’s Not A Revolution Without Hardware: Here Are The Sprint Spark Smartphones
Sprint knows this and has already built partnerships and agreements to bring Sprint Spark’s capability to a few popular handsets.
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Sprint Spark uses tri-band technology to combine three LTE bands and other tech and intelligently assign spectrum based on use case and location to accomplish peek mobile Internet speeds of 50-60Mbps. Sprint believes that it could one day offer speeds that are much, much higher still.
The phone runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and has NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support on board, and it has unique front-facing speakers with BoomSound. Frankly, with the Glacial Silver color option, it’s also quite a looker.
The other two devices in the Sprint Spark stable are both from Samsung--the Galaxy S® 4 mini and the Galaxy Mega™--and both are slated for an over-the-air (OTA) update to be able to handle the tri-band technology.
The Galaxy S® 4 mini is a smaller variant of the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S4, and it offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 960x540 resolution and Android 4.2. There’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.7GHz) processor inside, as well as 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and up to 64GB of additional storage with a microSD card. The front camera is 1.9MP, and the rear-facing one offers 8MP and shoots in 1080p HD at 30fps.
The third Sprint Spark enabled smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Mega™, a handset that lives up to its name with a huge 6.3-inch display (1280x720 resolution). It also has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.7GHz) processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot.
The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2 and features a 1.9MP front- and an 8MP rear-facing camera that takes 1080p HD, 30fps video.
These smartphones are just the beginning. Sprint will continue to push out support for more handsets so stay tuned for additional devices to be added to the list.
The first five cities to get Sprint Spark are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, and Miami, and Sprint plans to have service available to 100 million customers by the end of 2014.
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