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

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.
 
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


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34 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

13. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

5. random1204

Posts: 28; Member since: May 26, 2010

I love that it's being "Besta - Tested" All I can think of is "Moto phone for Sprint - NOPE CHUCK TESTA"

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

8. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

19. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

30. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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!

28. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

9. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 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.

29. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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

11. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

14. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

16. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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!!!

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

18. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

please have battery from razr maxx please...

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

27. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

please have battery from razr maxx please...

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