July 26, 2012

Sprint Announces Motorola’s Photon Q With 4G LTE

Michael Harper for - Your Universe Online

Sprint´s CEO Dan Hesse has just confirmed that his company will carry the Motorola Photon Q smartphone, an Android slider phone bedecked with a full QWERTY keyboard and an eye for business.

The Photon Q is the 4G LTE follow up from the first Motorola Photon smartphone released last August. With a 4.3-inch display and 16 GB of internal storage, the original Motorola Photon ran Android Gingerbread 2.3 on a 1 GHz dual-core processor, but did not have a full, physical keyboard like its successor is said to have.

Hesse confirmed this new device during Sprint´s quarterly conference today, saying the device should be available on Big Yellow later this year. Like some of their other phones, the Photon Q will be environmentally friendly and ULE-platinum certified.

The new 4G LTE smartphone from Motorola looks to be a proper follow up from it´s previous edition. Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 on a slightly faster 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the Photon Q could be what cures the business set and the aging BlackBerry handsets that ail them. The new Motorola will join the “4G with a physical keyboard” ranks of the Motorola Droid 4, Samsung Captivate Glide and Samsung Epic.

Hesse also praised the success of the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S III (which recently sold its first 10 million units) and HTC´s EVO 4G LTE smartphone. Sprint didn´t offer any specific numbers on the Galaxy S III, though a new study by Juniper Research today revealed that Samsung was able to ship 52 million smartphones in the last quarter, double the amount of phones sold by their nearest competitor, Apple.  The Galaxy S III was a latecomer to this quarter, and it´s expected to be a huge hit in the future.

Like the Galaxy S III, the new Photon Q is expected to ship with NFC capability to power the new Android Beam data transfer service and Google Wallet mobile payment services. The new Motorola phone is also expected to ship with an 8 megapixel camera, 4.3-inch ColorBoost Display and a long-lasting battery, thanks to Motorola´s Smartactions app. Though Hesse didn´t give an exact release date, he did say to expect more details in the coming weeks.

The Motorola Photon Q has been rumored since this spring and received its FCC blessing earlier this month. The full QWERTY keyboard is a recent development for the Photon followup, as the FCC filing only details the main shape and internal radios.

Motorola has introduced some pretty strong Android smartphone offerings in the past, helping to launch the Google OS when it first launched with the popular Motorola Droid for Verizon. Now, other options from Samsung and HTC are able to give Motorola a run for their money, keeping the entire Android game a competitive one.