The yet-unannounced, nay released, Motorola Admiral bound for Sprint has been sighted in wild photos recently–and the Android QWERTY smartphone looks like it has the BlackBerry right in its crosshairs.

From first glance, the Motorola Admiral is not the prettiest phone, nor is it the slimmest. But then again, Motorola isn’t really known to release good-looking devices into the wild.

The Motorola Admiral seems to share features from the Motorola DROID Pro, fancying a full BlackBerry-style 4-row curved QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen, and four soft buttons in the front.  The rear features a 5-megapixel camera that also shoots 720p HD videos.

Aside from the normal hardware buttons on the side, this device also rocks a dedicated camera button on the right side and a mute button on the top. The Admiral will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although it also appears to have some widgets and icons from Motorola’s own MOTOBLUR interface.

Sprint has recently made an unofficial announcement about the Motorola Admiral through an overview video on YouTube, but that video has already been removed.

Unknown sources have also leaked some other specs for the Admiral, such as its single-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm chipset, 4 GB of internal storage and 32-GB microSD expansion, 1,860-mAh battery, Wi-Fi HotSpot for up to five devices, Sprint’s Direct Connect Calling, and Sprint TV.

It seems like the Motorola Admiral won’t be a high-end device like the Motorola DROID Bionic or even the Motorola DROID 3. From looking at its single-core processor, it looks like it will be along the lines of the original Motorola ATRIX. No word on its connectivity features either, but we predict it will run on 3G, not 4G.

As of now, the Motorola Admiral appears to be basically a DROID Pro-ish device with some newer features, such as Gingerbread and a bigger processor. It is not going to appeal to those who seek a razor-thin, dual core, 4.5-inch-screen device. But, its a solid and tough phone for business-oriented jobs and is really turning into a “BlackBerry killer.”

Matthew Sabatini
Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.