Jul 26 AT 6:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

Motorola and Sprint revive the high-end QWERTY Android phone with the Photon Q

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If you love physical QWERTY keyboards on your Android phones, then Motorola might have the device of your dreams. Recently we have seen QWERTY keyboard relegated to low-end Android phones, but Sprint just announced the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE and it measures up with most of the high-end phones on the market.

The Photon Q features a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch ColorBoost display, 1 GB RAM, 3G/4G LTE support, world-wide GSM roaming, and an 8 MP camera. The qHD 540×960 display, 8 GB internal storage, and 1 GB RAM are less than recent flagship devices like the Galaxy S III, but some might be willing to make those sacrifices to get a physical keyboard.

Sprint did not announce availability or pricing, but they did say the device is “coming soon.” When additional information is available, Sprint should share it at www.sprint.com/photonq.

Motorola also revealed they will offer an unlockable bootloader on the Photon Q, which will make this appealing to those that like to hack their phones.

Highlights of the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE include:

  •  Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core (unconfirmed, but likely Snapdragon S4 processor)
  • 4.3 inch qHD 540 x 960 ColorBoost screen
  • Rear-facing 8MP camera with 1080p video capture, front-facing HD camera
  • 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage
  • 1785 mAh Lithium-ion battery (embedded), 7.5 hours talk time
  • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
  • LTE, CDMA 800/1900 EVDO Rev A, World Phone – GSM 850/1900/1800/900, UMTS 850/1900/2100 (SIM is embedded in the phone, GSM SIM is locked and not removable)
  • NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0

Overall it looks like a pretty nice device for those that prefer the physical keyboards. If you think the Photon Q 4G LTE might find a spot in your pocket, let us know in the comments below.

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Via: Motorola

Source: Sprint

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