Sprint releases official Photon Q images and specs

Sprint releases official Photon Q images and specs
This morning during an earnings call Sprint CEO Dan Hesse accidentally let slip the impending arrival of the Motorola Photon Q. With the cat already out of the proverbial bag, the two companies have swiftly made the device official. We can now bring you the official specs, along with several marketing images of the high-end Android 4.0-powered slider.

As you can see, much of the original Photon’s design aesthetic is present, although the Photon Q adds on-screen navigation buttons to its 4.3” qHD screen. Below are the rest of the official specs, followed by some pretty pictures for Sprint customers interested in a slider that runs on current hardware:

    • Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
    • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
    • Rear-facing 8MP camera with 1080p video capture and playback so you can leave your digital camera at home. Plus, those photos can be set to automatically upload to Google+™ so you don’t have to worry about accidently deleting them.
    • Front-facing HD camera for easy Google+™ Hangout video chats or conference calls
    • Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home.
    • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
    • NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android™ Beam






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PHOTON Q 4G LTE
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Battery 1785 mAh(7.5h talk time)

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51 Comments

1. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

could it be? Finally a high end slide? Well, this just made my decision for me.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this is WAY better looking than it's predecessor. i'd get this if i were on Sprint.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Good to see high-end sliders somewhere other than Verizon

4. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

The slider could definitely be a great way of typing, i only hope the keyboard is made with precision and makes it a whole lot better than "on screen" typing....This phone is definitely one to consider....But like king said it being on sprint is where i kinda frown...

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it copies the critically acclaimed Droid 3/4 Keyboard so it's bound to be fantastic.

8. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

well in that case this one sounds like a winner....for sprint owners at least :)

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Glad to see sliders are still alive, I miss my old HTC TP2 keyboard sometimes. This will be a great replacement to the Samsung Galaxy S (OG) Epic but with LTE, NFC, world phone capability, updated processor and new software. The OG Photon is still one of the best Android phones on Sprint and it's getting ICS. Motorola has always made quality hardware and their radios are some of the best.

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

pretty good phone i say. only thing missing is an hd screen and jb but thats just being hopeful

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't know why they didn't give it an HD screen. maybe Moto doesn't find it necessary for smaller screened devices because qHD is sharp enough on them and cause less power drain. that may be the same reasoning HTC had with the Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

9. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

the only phone i can recall having an HD screen on a 4.3 inch is the xperia phones from sony.....The one s has a qHD screen and the incredible 4g lte also has a qHD so im guessing phones with 4in to 4.3inches dont really need a HD screen...

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

The HTC Rezound also has a 720p screen on a 4.3 inch display.

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

could be but the droid incredible is a 4'' and this is 4.3''...they should have just made it like the atrix hd and made it 4.5'' hd screen..i personally wouldnt get a phone today without a hd screen. it shouldnt really be an issue anyways,whether it s hd or qhd or wvga you only ever see pixels whnen your eyes are like cm away from the screen

12. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

well like you said, its personal preferences and if you seen the HTC one s then you know qHD screens look just as good..

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

yep the one s screen does look great in normal use but i think thats also to do with it being a super amoled screen. dont know what this is

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This will be a ColorBoost screen, so color reproduction should be on par with the Atrix HD. From most reviews I've read, the ColorBoost is up there as far as HD screens are concerned, and qHD screen technology hasn't kept up with HD anyways, so this will probably be about the best qHD screen out there.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well at least it's the largest screen ever put on a slider, to my knowledge anyways. That's a good start. Maybe the Photon Q Maxx will have an HD display when it's released in 2 months.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i don't think there'll be anymore "MAXX" versions as that pertains to Moto's Razr series but display resolution doesn't matter so much to me now. i'd LIKE a higher resolution display but it won't make or break a device for me.

20. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I know, that was more of a joke than anything, although I am slightly disappointed by its 1750 mAh battery.

22. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

it has a 1785 battery bro

21. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

so true, some things are nit picky stuff and the more you ask for, the more you're gonna have to pay...The atrix hd currently delivers in all areas including a low price range...hard to beat moto's standards

29. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Not to mention that that whole incident has made any device with a Droid an automatic joke waiting to be said. Every time I hear someone crack a 'Na I'll wait until they release the Razr Ultima-super-maxx HD...Derp Derp Derp' joke I just want to bash my head in. That joke is so over done and blown so far out of proportion as though Moto has done this with every device it's made.

35. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

what for? this qHD is good enough. don't exaggerate so much 720p.

11. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Pretty much what my DROID 4 should have been. I would have loved to see that screen and processor in my phone.

18. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What an odd claim..."what the droid4 should have been" The S4 chip and probably even that display didn't even exist when the Droid4 was in development. That's like saying Ford's new 5 litre V8 is the engine their old 1932 Coupe should've had...

24. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

They could have at least put a 4.3" AMOLED screen in the DROID 4 with the on screen key's and ICS instead of the 4" TFT one. There were better chips at the time than the OMAP4430. Or they could have just waited a few months to release it with the upgraded hardware and software so DROID 3 owners wouldn't have felt as screwed.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the OMAP4 was the best at the time that supported LTE. they were working on the Droid 4 since before ICS.

28. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Could they? Back then everywhere you looked it seemed like Samsung was having issues supplying enough AMOLED panels for the few customers it had at the time. COuld they even have dealt with the additional demand the D4 would've made? Anyway the whole world isn't as in love with AMOLED as you are. Some people like their whites to actually be WHITE. Some like being able to see the screen outside, and like natural color reproduction etc. Similarly on-screen keys can bite me. Here you are clamoring retoractively for a 4.3" screen that would amount to prettymuch a 4" screen because those on screen keys are there. Whats the point? There weren't any better chips, not the s4 and certainly not the Tegra2. And no one in their right mind should be feeling screwed that their phone isn't top of the line after 6 months, these are electronics that's what happens when 6 months passes.

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm sorry but are you defending the Droid 4's Display, the only real bad thing about the device? xD it would've been better with an AMOLED display. if it did i'd have one today instead of a Razr.

32. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I disagree on it being bad, it has real advantages over amoled in my opinion. Brightness, accurate colors, whites that are WHITE and no heavy green or blue tinge. Yeah it's grainy and blacks aren't black but there's no other real disadvantages if you ask me. At worst it's a wash between the two in my opinion.

34. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

as far as the difference in display types go there are trade offs but the Droid 4's display is washed out pretty badly.

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