Motorola has announced the availability of its new sleek and stylish Motorola i1 rugged iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) device, which the company claims as the world’s first push-to-talk Android-based smartphone, meeting Military 810F Standards to withstand the harshest conditions, thanks to its solid body construction, and 3.1″ touch screen protected with state-of-the-art Monster Glass.

“As the first Nextel Direct Connect Android smartphone, Motorola i1 with Wi-Fi offers a powerful tool for our customers with access to thousands of applications in the Android Market,” commented Fared Adib, vice president for Product Development at Sprint. “With rugged durability, a full touchscreen and 5 megapixel camera, Motorola i1 gives push-to-talk customers a compelling smartphone that can withstand some of the harshest environments.”

Features of Motorola i1:

  • 3.1-inch 265k TFT touchscreen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, panoramic and geo-tagging capabilities
  • Opera Mini 5 browser delivers an optimized Web browsing experience over Wi-Fi and Nextel National Network
  • Android standard virtual keyboard and Swype virtual keyboard options
  • Based on Android 1.5 operating system
  • Access to thousands of apps from Android Market
  • Built-in Microsoft Document Viewer and corporate sync
  • Meets Military 810F Standards for dust, shock, vibration, blowing rain and more
  • Talk time: up to 210 minutes ; Standby time: up to 4 days

Motorola i1 iDEN phone which measures 58 x 118 x 12.8 mm and weights in at 4.63 ounces is expected to hit Sprint stores (North America) by this summer, but no words on its price yet.

Update: Motorola i1 is slated to be available through Sprint for $149.99 beginning July 25, after a $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract.