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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE available today from Sprint

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE available today from Sprint
It was all the way back in April when the rumblings first started about a sequel to the successful Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint. The rumor mill for once had things called exactly right down to the side-sliding QWERTY and the name of the device, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE.  We watched as the device started taking shape, visited the Feds, and was soon being confirmed by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. And today, we're happy to tell you that the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE is available from Sprint, priced at $199.99 with a signed two-year contract.

The Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE launches today via Sprint

The Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE launches today via Sprint

The first consumer focused handset produced by the manufacturer that offers an unlockable bootloader via Motorola's "Unlock My Device" website, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE has the same diamond cut corners found on the original model and the two models share many of the same specs. But the side-sliding QWERTY isn't the only difference between the two devices. For example, where the Motorola PHOTON 4G was powered by a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, the newer model features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Another area of improvement is with the front-facing camera which was .3MP on the Motorola PHOTON 4G and has been bumped to 1.3MP on the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE. And while the original model has Android 2.3 installed, the new device has Android 4.0.4 right out of the box.

The name of the new model also gives away a major change between the two units. The Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE will connect to Sprint's new LTE network which is available in just 15 markets now, but that number will grow over time. And with its physical keyboard attracting the business user, the new model is also a World Phone with global roaming.

source: Sprint

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posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:00

1. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Do want. For a minute there, I thought I'd have to upgrade to the EOL Samsung Epic 4G, since that was Sprint's only high end QWERTY keyboard phone. And can you believe they want you to pay $99 for it when you can go to Best Buy and get it for like $49.!? AND Amazon is selling it for a penny.! SMH

Oh, and the Kyocera Rise is also a nice budget QWERTY option too. Hopefully it runs Android 4.0 smoothly. The only draw back of the Rise is that it only runs Sprint's 3G and it has Sprint ID on it. Yuck.!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:17

2. tempdogg74 (Posts: 100; Member since: 04 Jan 2009)

I hear ya on that the price made me think twice and the LTE network is not in my area so Evo 3d is gonna be my phone till im able to get a LTE in my area no need to udgrade a phone for Lte and i cant use it so im going old school keeping my phone i got now for 5 years and insured and no contract.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:28 2

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

GREAT PHONE......it must be a GOOD time to be with sprint! :)

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:55 1

4. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

Das some bad timing .. iPhone and Galaxy Note release right around the corner, SGS3 just released. They should have made it $99

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 16:34 2

5. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

with a keyboard... nah, they may not get the best of sales, but I remember $250+ with my Touch Pro 2 (before I managed to nab some great discounts and connections to take $100 off)

Its a new day in age, its a decent price, especially for the specs and the keyboard

I can in all honesty say, that if I was still with Sprint ($10 #EatS**t Premium Data fee), I would be getting this phone, its specs are that good, and considering I have used my friends Droid 4 (and rooted/romd it for him), I LOVE the keyboard!

My GNote does me just fine, but I still love me some Physical Keyboard!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 20:40 1

6. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

10$ for a smartphone.. Oh noes.
Because operating costs don't exist...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 23:49

9. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

Oh! totally didn't know it had a sliding keyboard! Cool!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 20:42

7. exynos5 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

If the preference is physical qwerty then it doesn't matter whether it's galaxy note or iphone...oops they doesn't have physical keyboards..so people would go for the next best option ...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 20:52

8. kanagadeepan (Posts: 975; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Change your profile photo to avoid unnecessary thumbs-down...

Yes, I have given Thumbs-Up to your comment, as I do feel 99$ will be a good deal as AT&T sells AtrixHD (with HD Display and NOT qHD like PhotonQ) for the same 99$...

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 23:51

10. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

I love this picture though!! :)

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 23:20

11. mickrussom (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Obsolete garbage. No jelly bean, SIM is welded in place, no gorilla glass, and battery is not removable and is shockingly too small. Piece of useless trash.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 12:44

12. Barltrop (banned) (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

Unlocked the bootloader today... :D so far, it has been great.. Anyone else want to unlock the bootloaders, You can find details on how to do it here :)http://www.motoask.com/motorola-photon-q-4g-lte-tips-and-tricks-f502/unlocking-the-motorola-photon-q-bootloader-t5759.html

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