Motorola’s first smartphone release post-Google buyout will be the Photon Q 4G LTE, and will be the first LTE device on the market with a physical keyboard – which could perhaps hijack BlackBerry users looking for an upgrade.
The Photon Q will have a 4.3” ColorBoost display, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich. It will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and will feature an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p recording and playback, a front-facing camera, and NFC. Using an HDMI cable, you’ll be able to hook the phone up to an external display, for watching movies or home videos.
The physical keyboard will be a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard. That means it will have the top number row, something left out of many mobile physical keyboards. The keyboard will also be backlit, for nighttime use.
That it’s an LTE phone should be taken with a grain of salt. The Photon Q will be a Sprint exclusive, and Sprint is the furthest behind of the four major telecoms in LTE rollout, a project that won’t be finished for Sprint until the end of 2013. If you’re looking for LTE speeds, be sure to verify that Sprint LTE is available in your area first.
Motorola has stated that pricing and availability information will be announced sometime during the next few weeks.