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Pre-orders start today online for Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, priced on contract for $199.99 from Sprint

Pre-orders start today online for Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, priced on contract for $199.99 from Sprint
Just a handful of days ago, we told you that with Sprint reps training on the device, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE would be launching August 19th. Now, Sprint has made that date official. Even better, pre-orders for the device begin right now, online. While the device can be considered a sequel to last year's surprise hit, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE is also packing a side-sliding QWERTY handset that is reminiscent of the keyboard on the Motorola DROID 4. The price will be $199.99 with a signed 2-year pact.

The keyboard on the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE is similar to the one on the Motorola DROID 4

The keyboard on the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE is similar to the one on the Motorola DROID 4

The Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE will ship with Android 4.0.4 installed and offers a 4.3 inch qHD display with pixel density of 256ppi. That matches the display on the Motorola PHOTON 4G. The processor has received a bump from the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 to the dual-core 1.5GHz processor on the new model. Both units have 1GB of RAM on board with 16GB of internal storage and a 32GB capacity microSD slot. While both models offer an 8MP camera on back, the Motorola PHOTRON Q 4G LTE has a 1.3MP front-facing camera instead of the VGA model on the original. Of course, the new model has that slide-out QWERTY. The new model offers LTE connectivity although Sprint currently offers the service in 15 markets. That number will grow throughout the next year.

The distinctive diamond-cut corners remain and for those looking for a nice mid-ranger with a physical QWERTY, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE should fit the bill.

source: Sprint via  Phandroid
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posted on 13 Aug 2012, 19:26 1

1. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1290; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Why such a low pixel count......seems like a beefier CPU, and keyboard that's it! It's all about resolution, and processing power. Seems like a mediocre phone with a great antenna to me! I see no reason to trade my O.G. Photon for this.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 02:02 1

12. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)

maybe not for you, but it's a definite reason for me to trade in my Samsung Epic 4G :)

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 19:50

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

S4? or Tegra 3?

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 05:57

13. e.wvu (unregistered)

Tegra 2 ... as it states in the article

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 19:53 2

3. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Seems like a price gouge to me, Sprint. The pricing is way too high for what the phone is, double what it should be. Seems like Sprint is intentionally gouging because they know they are scarce on QWERTY smartphones, particularly ones that are actually GOOD. This is the first GOOD one since the Samsung Epic, which came out TWO years ago. When the epic first came out, they charged $249.99 for it. Also a price gouge.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 19:58 1

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I call lies on the internal memory. I handled a test model just two days ago and the available memory was only 3.3 gigs. Unless perhaps the phone was loaded with a ton of stuff, there's no way its total memory is 16.

Anyway, if I'm wrong, then 200 may be a reasonable price, though I foresee it dropping in the coming months.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 20:38 1

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

Such a nice phone, if only it wasn't shackled to Sprint...

All they had to do was waive the $10 premium data fee (Airave both home and at work, WiFi as well)... there was 4+ good years down the drain!

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 20:54 4

6. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

And you, sir, think you should have the $10 Premium Data fee waived because you are who, exactly? Oh, Hammerfest, that's right! Dude, it's $10 at Sprint for unlimited data instead of $30 at AT&T / VZW for 2 gigs. Now, if you didn't have service at home or work then maybe Sprint wasn't the carrier for you. The handout days at Sprint are over, and even today, they do more for their customers than VZW ever did when I worked for VZW.

My sister just moved and her Verizon phone doesn't work at her new home, so she'll be switching because it's not worth it to keep a service that doesn't work where you work / live. All carriers have dead zones.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 21:29 2

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I'd rather pay more and use AT&T and get blazing fast LTE/HSPA+ speeds than pay nearly the same amount and get unbearable slower than dial up Sprint network speeds. That's the only reason why they have kept on to the "unlimited data" because they know if they dropped it, a lot of their subscribers would jump ship to the other carriers.

I know it's all about location but out of all the phone reviewers, tech bloggers, etc etc I have watched from all over the US, none of them have said "oh Sprint's network speeds are so fast" no sadly they have all agreed on how slow and nearly unuseable it can become.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 22:06 3

8. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

Disappointed to find out that ALTHOUGH this is a World phone, the simcard is non removable just like the non removable battery

I have no problem with non removable battery. I have a BIG problem with non removable SIM card. Defeats the whole purpose of a world phone.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 00:58

11. Nookie4u (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

This one looks great but maybe i should wait for W8 phone with a keyboard????

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 05:59 2

14. e.wvu (unregistered)

You'll be wating forever for a WP8 device if you're with Sprint.

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