Sprint to launch Samsung's latest Android phone

For Samsung and Sprint Nextel, that magic Android Moment has arrived.

samsung moment ctiaDays after T-Mobile USA announced that it would launch the Android-powered Samsung Behold II, Sprint and Samsung teamed to unveil another Samsung Android phone, the Moment. The news is the latest in a dizzying array of Android announcements this week, including Verizon Wireless' decision to partner with Google on Android phones.

During a press conference to introduce the phone at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment convention, Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and devices at Samsung, praised the company's partnership with Sprint and said that this phone, with its 800 MHz application processor may be the fastest phone available, offering consumers a more fluid net browsing experience.

The Moment has a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and has an optical joystick for navigation below the display. The phone runs on an 800 MHz processor, has a 3.2-megapixel camera, WiFi, a full Qwerty keyboard and a 3.5mm headset jack. Although the phone's software does not appear to have any special customization, it's another sign that Samsung and Sprint are serious about making Android one of their featured smartphone operating systems. Sprint is also going to launch the HTC Hero Oct. 11.

Sprint will launch the Moment Nov. 1 for $179.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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And click here for a look at the phones of CTIA, including the Samsung Moment.