Jun 9th, 2011

The Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile was a pleasant surprise at today’s joint Motorola/Sprint event. The phone gives off some serious Droid X vibes with its blocky look, 4.1-inch screen, and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. But perhaps the most interesting choice here was using stock Android 2.2 (Froyo) rather than a MotoBlur-ified user interface. As a diehard fan of stock Android, the phone had me pretty giddy. We might just have a game changer here for pre-paid smartphones, given the pricing (which remains unannounced) comes in at a reasonable level.

The Triumph gets all the trappings of a high-end handset: dual cameras (5MP rear and VGA front-facing), 720p video recording, and HDMI mirroring in hi-definition. All of which worked very well and looked good doing it. The Triumph will also be the first device to launch with Virgin Mobile Live, the carriers social music and media service for streaming audio and interacting with friends.

We are eager to see more of this phone in the near future, and if it happens to get an upgrade to stock Gingerbread in the near term we’ll be in heaven. Of course, the phone doesn’t feature the same qHD resolution and dual-core chip as today’s star, the Photon 4G, but we won’t complain too much about that. If you are a fan of buying your phones outright and avoiding carrier contracts, you’ll want to keep your ear to the ground on this one.

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