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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE coming to Sprint August 19th?

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE coming to Sprint August 19th?
The Motorola DROID 4 style side slider on the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

The Motorola DROID 4 style side slider on the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

One of the biggest surprises for Sprint last year was the success of the Motorola PHOTON 4G. What was not to love? You had the 4.3 inch qHD screen, the dual-core Tegra 2 processor, dual LED flash for the 8MP camera and 1080p HD video capture.

As early as April, speculation started about a sequel for the device which was named the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE. Early pictures of the device revealed what the "Q" was going to stand for, which was the same thing it stands for on the T-Mobile myTouch line, a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sure enough, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE packs what appears to be the same QWERTY as the Motorola DROID 4.

When Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was conducting the carrier's conference call for Q2 earnings, he mentioned that the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE would be launching soon. Now, PhoneDog says that it will be August 19th when the model is released via Sprint. The word is that Sprint's people are training on the phone. Previously, it was learned that the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE will come with an unlockable bootloader, a feature that the manufacturer plans on offering on its future models.

While we do have an idea on the date that the phone will be launched, we have no word on pricing.

source: PhoneDog via Phandroid

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posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:26 2

1. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Eww Tegra 2 S4 or Omap would have been much better

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:31 8

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8114; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're one of those people who skims and automatically posts. Those are the specs from last years model.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:32 1

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


that was the old photon.........This one will probably have the S4

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:38 1

6. ROYALLIST (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Or an A15DC

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:45

9. ROYALLIST (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


No. Omap4470 clocked at 1.8..... along with 2gb ram...

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:03 3

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5586; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no, it'll be identical to the Atrix HD except it'll have a 4.3" qHD Display instead of a 4.5" HD Display.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:28 2

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8114; Member since: 14 May 2012)


$199.99 on contract most likely.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:35 2

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


I'm seriously thinking about getting this phone, that keyboard could really replace on screen typing...

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:40

7. ROYALLIST (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Me2, but let down by there specs always.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:45

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


what is the let down by the specs?? in what area are the specs bad?

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 21:59

13. xXMAKESHIFTXx (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Well to be honest the battery could be bigger. Honestly 2000 mAh should be a minimum standard in all Android phones with 4.x screen sizes. And as far as displays they could have done better. Other then that this should be a great phone.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:13

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


If they would at least put it at 1800 then it would definitely "look" better for marketing.......but I really cant think of any phones that are 4.3 inches and have 2000 mAh or more battery except for the razr maxx but thats not the problem, the problem is not battery size for these phones, they just need to start making these phones with "removable" batteries that way people will have an option to increase the size it they want to, you got to give people "options" plain and simple....As for the display? the display is right where it needs to be....That screen is going to look really nice in your hands with the new color boost from Moto..

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 01:26 1

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8114; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Its no HD screen, but its a 4.3" qHD with ColorBoost technology.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:41 2

8. sena7 (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I really dig Motorola's approach to ICS.

It's about the best skin of the big 4 (HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony) for Android 4.x.

Unfortunately, the hardware as of late hasn't really been up to par. Hopefully this offering will satisfy those Sprint customers who prefer a phone with a physical keyboard.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 21:51 2

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


Good to know the bootloader is unlocked, hopefully all of Moto's new devices will have this feature.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 21:56 1

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


moto says they're gonna unlock the boot loader for all their new phones from here on out...

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 11:05

21. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


they also said that some other models from the past will be unlockable. we'll see...

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 02:50

17. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


200 dollar pricepoint for this one doesnt seem right... I mean at&t is offering the atrix hd for 99 and it has a 300ppi+ screen. If this comes out at 200 on contract the evo and siii are going to outsell the hell out of it. physical keyboard isnt that big of a selling point

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 03:46 1

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


I think people are gonna find there way back to the keyboard on this one becuase the specs are right and the build is nice.....just my opinion though

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 08:26 1

19. falconsndawgs (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


You'd be surprise at how many people are sitting on their samsung galaxy s epic's still because they don't have the options of upgrading to something new with a slide out keyboard. I see this thing launching with a $199.99 price tag and shortly there after having a $50 mail in rebate added to it.

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 11:03

20. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Such a shame Motorola will probably not produce a Europe bound variant for this phone. Since the Milestone 2 (Droid 2 in US), they haven't produced another qwerty slider for Europe. I had both the OG Milestone and the Milestone 2 and want to replace them with this. Sadly, I belive it's a long shot...

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 16:23

22. MrInterista (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


This phone make me crazy ! , I really want it .
any chance to release it in Europe or Asia :(

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 09:53

23. Amber (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Unlocked bootloader is the best thing about this phone... I really hope they unlock all the other bootloaders too!!http://www.motoask dot com

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