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Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile pushes the prepaid high end, launches this summer

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It's certainly not going to steal the spotlight from the Photon 4G, but Motorola and Sprint did have another trick up their sleeves today: meet the Triumph, a model destined for Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile that ups the prepaid ante. How so? Well, it doesn't take much to top a lineup whose beefiest models are the LG Optimus V and Samsung Intercept -- but then again, most of the Triumph's specs would qualify as high-end by last year's standards on a postpaid carrier, so it seems like they're inching closer to hardware parity as prepaid plans grows in popularity. Follow the break for pictures and the full rundown.

Here are the major specs:

  • 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
  • 4.1-inch 480 x 800 display
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor
  • 512MB RAM, 2GB internal storage, microSD expansion
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 5 megapixel primary camera with flash 720p video capture, VGA secondary camera
  • HDMI-out
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 1400 mAh battery

The Triumph is one of the plainest Android devices we've ever seen -- there's seriously almost no "flair" whatsoever -- but we imagine that Virgin asked Moto to cut as many costs as it could to keep the retail price reasonable (bear in mind that prepaid phones like this are sold without a contract). And fortunately, it's coated in plenty of soft-touch plastic, which always helps... you might say it's got a bit of an original Droid aesthetic to it.

Interested? Virgin doesn't have pricing or availability information just yet, but expect it to launch before the summer's out.

Joanna Stern contributed to this report.