September 27: Sprint Instinct HD photos, specs, and availability

Aaron Baker
Writer from  Dallas, TX
| Published: September 15, 2009

I'm tired of the word "ninja" in this context but haven't thought of anything better...maybe we could call them "secret agents."  Thanks to my, um, "anoymous friend"/secret agent/ninja for sharing some info on Sprint's upcoming Samsung HD including these glorious press photos.  On the one hand these came from a brand new friend of mine.  On the other hand, they match up with what I've been seeing and hearing from other sources, and the documents included these official photos, so I'm gonna run with it.

Look for Instinct HD to hit Sprint's retail outlets on Sunday Sept 27th at an on contract price somewhere between $99 and $149.  I know, I know, I'd really like to see it below the $100 mark, but as of now, the jury is still out.  The range makes sense, though, considering Instinct HD is to be a very high-end featurephone in terms of specifications but not quite a flagship smartphone along the lines of Pre, Hero, Touch Pro2, or Tour.  Not to mention the rumored-to-be-launching-at-CTIA "Instinct Q" Android device, also from Samsung.

Here's the information that I have - make of it what you will.  Again, to the best of my totally unofficial knowledge, this looks to be pretty dead-on.  Question is, if you're signing on with Sprint for two years what's it gonna be?  A true smartphone or a "dumb" phone with a 5M camera and "Hi-Res" video out?

Other question is, does this thing do 720p video capture and video-out or not? I've been hearing it will, but all I got today was "record and play videos in Hi-Res." Hi-Res, eh?


Short Description of Product:

The Samsung Instinct HD is the premium follow up to the award-winning, record-selling Samsung Instinct. The Samsung Instinct HD is designed for people who want a stylish and cutting edge touchscreen phone with enhanced multimedia features, accelerometer and a 5MP camera with Hi-Res viewing and TV out capability.

Full Description of Product:

The Samsung Instinct® HD is the fastest, most advanced model designed in the Instinct portfolio of Samsung touchscreen phones. The Instinct HD includes an accelerometer that syncs to the user's movements to create an intuitive experience that engages the senses in an extraordinary way. The Instinct HD is equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera to deliver razor-sharp clarity for pictures and video. The Instinct HD also possesses WiFi capabilities for fast Web and content access, no matter where the device is being used. With incredible multimedia and browsing performance, the new Instinct HD lets users watch movies, play games, surf the net, check out social networking sites, upload and download content, record and play videos in Hi-Res, and much more -- even faster than before. The large 3.2" HGVA display with accelerometer and improved web browser gives you a great PC-like experience so your favorite sites look and load just like they would at home. It also has WiFi and comes with a 5MP camera with TV out capability, so you enjoy viewing your photos and videos right on your home TV. This fully loaded, premium touch screen takes you to the cutting edge of technology.

Please describe what differentiates your product/service from competing products/services:

  • Full Touchscreen with Accelerometer
  • Record & Play Videos in Hi-Res
  • PC-like Web experience
  • WiFi Capable with 3.2" sharp and clear display
  • 5.0MP Camera & Camcorder with TV out

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Where can the product be purchased?

Sprint retail stores,, select wireless

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