Photon Q 4G LTE may hit Sprint August 19
Rumour suggests Motorola handset with sliding QWERTY is less than two weeks away
Published: 9 August, 2012
Motorola's Photon Q 4G LTE was officially announced at the end of July but it wasn't mentioned at the time when exactly it would be arriving at Sprint. Now, according to a source at PhoneDog, it seems the arrival of the device is less than two weeks away. The site has word that the carrier has begun training for the smartphone with the convoluted name and that it's going to be released on Sunday, August 19.
Among its mid-range key features are a 4.3" display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Internal storage weighs in at 8GB and there's an 8mp camera on the back which is joined by a front-facing one of unspecified resolution. Powering it all is a 1785mAh battery that should last for 7h 30mins of talk time and it's set to ship with Android 4.0.4 installed.
For the more technical minded smartphone users the handset is expected to be the first from Motorola with an easily unlockable Bootloader, possibly a side effect of the company's acquisition from Google.
There's no word yet on how much it's going to cost when it touches down but it is unlikely it's going to cost more $199.99 on a contract. A few devices touting sliding QWERTY keyboards have shown up recently and though the Photon Q 4G LTE isn't exactly high-end it's one of the best spec'd to offer a physical slideout keyboard so far.
This week has already seen T-Mobile release an affordable Android with a slideout keyboard in the form of the myTouch Q and it isn't the only handset that's been seen lately which rocks the form factor. The Photon Q 4G LTE promises some more solid hardware and while the higher-end of the market is still not the most popular place for slideout QWERTYs to hang out it's devices like this one which shows there's still a place for the form factor in an age of increasingly thin smartphones.