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Leaked snapshot shows image of side-slidin' QWERTY by Motorola for Sprint

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Leaked snapshot shows image of side-slidin' QWERTY by Motorola for Sprint
A picture has leaked showing a Motorola branded side-slider for Sprint. The device was allegedly pictured at the home of a Sprint beta tester who did demonstrate that the phone was working by sending out some text messages. You might have noticed the lack of any physical buttons save for the QWERTY, which of course points to Android 4.0 being installed out of the box. The QWERTY features 5 rows and offset keys and looks similar to the ones you will find on the Motorola DROID series.
 
The Motorola PHOTON 4G

The Motorola PHOTON 4G

A couple of months ago, we told you about a sequel to the Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint that is supposedly called the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE. Well, suppose the "Q" stands for QWERTY keyboard (it wouldn't be the first time) and perhaps this device is the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE? Obviously,  the Motorola PHOTON does have that trademark diamond cut, and the pictured device does appear to have some type of angle to the corners.

Motorola hasn't added a physical QWERTY to its non-DROID models since the early days of the Android Revolution, so Sprint customers are getting quite a treat here. The QWERTY keyboards found on the Motorola DROID 3 and Motorola DROID 4 are among the best that have ever been attached to a smartphone and there is no reason to think that this one won't be as easy to use.

The lack of specs isn't too surprising considering the story behind the photograph. If the device is in the middle of being beta tested, it shouldn't be too long before we hear something about this model from Sprint.

source: AndroidCentral

This Motorola side-slider is allegedly being beta-tested for Sprint

This Motorola side-slider is allegedly being beta-tested for Sprint


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posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:47 3

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


perhaps there will be a Photon Q 4G LTE and a Photon 4G LTE in much the same way as the Droid 4 and the Droid Razr MAXX on Verizon. o:

this looks like a nice offering for Sprint. i'd definitely take one if i was on Sprint.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:53 3

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


And soon, the Droid 5 lol

I hope it has a super amoled 720p display, it def looks 4 inches. Holy PPI on that sucker if it does.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 17:09 4

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i doubt we'll see a Droid 5 for a bit but yeah, i'd definitely take a Droid 5 with a 4.0" 720p Display even if it wasn't AMOLED. o:

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 19:58 1

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


From the looks of the photo I would say it is Super AMOLED, the colors look very deep and the blacks look black lol

But yea I would not be surprised if the Droid 5 was on it's way in the next couple months.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:01 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the contrast angles looks kind of AMOLED-ish but the blacks aren't completely as black as they are on my Razr, you can see where the bottom of the screen is on the phone in the picture by the difference in black levels of the display and the bezel. you can't see that on SA, SAA, SA+ or HDSA displays.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:53 3

3. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


The keyboard is exactly the same as my DROID 4's.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:57 3

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It's basically a upgraded Droid 4....so yes....lol Droid 4 has the best keyboard on a smartphone, so why change it?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 17:01 2

5. random1204 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 May 2010)


I love that it's being "Besta - Tested"

All I can think of is "Moto phone for Sprint - NOPE CHUCK TESTA"

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 17:05 1

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


A new MoPho... Sounds cool! The first one was pretty good, despite the thickness of it. I hope they do make the version with no QWERTY keyboard, I find a physical mobile keyboard hard to type on sometimes.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:05 3

8. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Actually the DROID 4's keyboard is better than any virtual keyboard.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 19:24 3

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


agreed with mas, how could anyone not like having a physical keyboard is beyond me. Touch screens are perfect for web browsing, video, and photos but horrible when it comes to actually typing out long texts or e-mails. No matter how big the screen gets, a lot of times it's still nowhere near as accurate as a physical keyboard you can actually press down on.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:03 2

19. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Are you kidding? Just use swype is the best and the faster keyboard.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:08 2

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you've never had a Droid 3 or Droid 4 have you? xD Rory and I have had Droid 3s and Mas has a Droid 4 and we're all firm believers in the physicals. maybe there's something to that... :P

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 06:26 1

30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The original Droids keyboard and large screen was the killer combo that switched me from the iPhone to Android. I had the Epic as well, loved it to death(Sprint was my only issue). I had the Droid 3 and loved it to death. My only issue was lack of LTE. I even considered getting the Droid 4.

My dream phone is a 4.3 inch phone with a slide out keyboard like this. Best of both worlds!

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 00:10 3

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Actually, I can type faster with the physical keyboard on my Evo Shift than I can with Swype. I can key out a 160+ character text in less than 30secs with the physical keyboard, but it takes about 60secs with Swype. I do have to say that Swype is great for single hand texting thought.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:04 2

20. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Not only that, but you can see see what's on the screen when you type. With a virtual keyboard it covers up the entire screen in landscape mode.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:06 2

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


exactly, i love being able to proof read what i type on the screen without having to bring the keyboard up and down all the time.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:05 2

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i'm definitely a physical keyboard advocate. i still think about how nice it would be to have a Droid 4 even though i have a Razr. it's really only the display that's holding me back.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:22 1

9. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Looks nice, I really hope Sprint doesn't add the LTE tag line to every new release, I can understand if its a sequel like this and the EVO lte, but after awhile I feel most people would find that annoying. Myself included.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 00:19 2

29. skymitch89 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I agree that adding the "LTE" tag to devices is or might become annoying, but that is how they differentiate the WiMax devices from the LTE devices. I'm sure that once Sprint stops supporting WiMax devices, and LTE becomes the standard for 4G, they will eventually stop adding "LTE" to device names.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:24 1

10. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Well im hoping they come out with a Photon 2. Maybe 2013 for the 2 year upgrade for users who purchased the Photon 4G :) one can dream.... lol

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:45 1

11. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


They should release a Droid 4 type of phone outside the US... we "other people" need a capable qwerty phone too you know?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:06 1

14. kanagadeepan (Posts: 639; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Droid4 is going to be a WORLD-PHONE after a small update from Verizon... So DON'T WORRY... BE HAPPY....

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:45

16. JcHnd (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oh well... I guess the only think I have to worry about now it's the price tag...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:10 1

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, with the later leaks of ICS for the Droid Razr you can make it into a Global Device, the same will happen for the Rezound, the 4, the MAXX of course, the Spectrum and i would imagine the Galaxy S III will be a World Device out of the Box.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:37 2

15. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Would be all over this. Physical keyboards need to make a mini-comeback. Certainly they will never outnumber onscreen offerings, but there really needs to be a couple offerings per carriers for those of us who want them.

Loved the feel and basic performance of the Photon. A great offering bested only by the Epic 2 on Sprint, in my unimportant opinion. Bring on the hardware, Moto!!!

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:14 1

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, it sucked having to defer to Samsung and their E4GT when it came to Sprint's offerings even though i'm such a Motorola fan. Motorola fans on Sprint would try to argue all the good points there is for the Photon and i'd just be like "yeah, i know but it's just so out-classed" o.o

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:03

18. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


please have battery from razr maxx please...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:15

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Android Central says this is pretty thick so i'd say yeah and if not i'm sure Sprint will get a keyboard-less Flagship model that this phone here will merely complement with a larger battery.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:18

27. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


please have battery from razr maxx please...

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 11:45

31. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I'll say it and i'll say it again. I've seen some people that shake due to nerve or other illness that might benefit from a Slideout Keyboard. I've seen women with long fingernails that prefer a Slideout Keyboard for comfort reasons. But those of you that just prefer it because "you don't like onscreen keyboards"...do yourself a favor and try Swipe, Go Keyboard, or Swift Key X. GET USED TO IT!. Anybody can! I work for Sprint, and I've never had one person, that didn't obviously need a Slideout Keyboard, that didn't get used to an onscreen one over time. Try out the new keyboards. If you don't...say goodbye to your flex cable and lcd screen within 6 months. HTC slideouts are notorious for this. Some Moto too, but not as much.

Oh yes, you also look funny with them. My little sister still has a slide out. My younger brother says he's in the sixth grade now, so he's looking at a more grown up phone with no keyboard.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 12:32

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


look just because you can get used to on-screen keyboards which i have btw doesn't mean that physical keyboards aren't better. pure touchscreen phones have been mainstream for over five years now and here we are still seeing leaks for phones with keyboards. until something like Tactus comes out on more phones there will be a place for physical keyboards. just because children own something doesn't make it any less practical to have, if people like you think that for some reason not being swept up in the hype of not having some slick, touchscreen only device for the sake of added functionality makes me look silly then i probably really wouldn't think much of your opinion anyway.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 22:24

33. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


It doesn't add functionality. You only think it does. Everyone types faster with an onscreen keyboard, good predictive text helps like swype and swiftkey have. People that think otherwise are noobs. People with keyboards all type slowly. Then the keyboard breaks or the buttons wear out. So much for good functionality. I see them in the store every day. They usually go to an iphone and say...oh onscreen keyboards are just fine. What was i thinking????. People never look at slide outs more. Have fun with broken keyboards and your sand and dirt in the slider

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 23:21

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


what an idiotic response. xD
no, i promise you i type WAY faster on a physical qwerty than i do on an on-screen qwerty keyboard especially if the phone is too slow to keep up with my input on the touch screen. with physical keyboards it'll register input as fast as you can type. predictive text software works with physical qwerty keyboards as well. typing on-screen is definitely fine but after coming from a Droid 3 i DEFINITELY prefer the good ol' physical qwerty keyboard. as far as wear and tear is concerned i'm not worried because i take care of my phones. the worst that's ever happened to a slider phone of mine is i would get some sand granules in the hinge from going to the beach but that's nothing a can of compressed air couldn't fix. :P

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