Sprint announced the Photon Q, its first LTE device with a full QWERTY keyboard, back in late July with nary a word on pricing or availability. We've heard rumors here and there about a mid-August release, but The Now Network has finally unveiled an official release date of August 19th, as well as a price of $199 with a two-year agreement.

The Photon Q is Motorola's newest offering to the QWERTY world, and is basically an Atrix HD with a keyboard:


  • 4.3" ColorBoost display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (presumably Snapdragon S4)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP 1080p rear shooter, 720p front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
  • NFC
  • Full QWERTY slider
  • LTE, global ready
  • Android 4.0.4

If you want to ensure you'll have the most powerful slider on the market in your hands on 8/19, pre-orders begin today in Sprint stores and on the web.


Calling All QWERTY Fans! Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE from Sprint Available Aug. 19 for $199.99; Pre-Order Begins Today

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 13, 2012 - Offering a device packed with features to provide the ideal work-life balance, Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, today announced the Sunday, Aug. 19, availability of the first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone from Sprint with a full QWERTY keyboard and international roaming capabilities, Motorola PHOTON™ Q™ 4G LTE. Motorola PHOTON Q will cost $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Motorola PHOTON Q will be available for pre-order beginning today at www.sprint.com/photonq. Customers who pre-order Motorola PHOTON Q will begin receiving their smartphone as early as two days before the device goes on sale – while supplies last.

“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

Motorola PHOTON Q features a slide out PC-like QWERTY keyboard for double-thumb efficiency. Each laser-cut key is outlined in LED lights so users can see what they’re doing, even in the dark. It also has a dedicated number row for maximum typing efficiency and accuracy.

Combined with a large 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, Motorola PHOTON Q offers the largest screen currently available on a 4G LTE smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Its 8-megapiexal rear-facing camera with 1080p capture and playback along with an HD front-facing camera produce a high-quality multimedia experience that provides the perfect blend of business and pleasure with blazing speed on the Sprint 4G LTE network2.

Additional key features on Motorola PHOTON Q include:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
  • SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that helps extend battery life and intelligently automates routine, everyday tasks so that smartphones can do more for consumers
  • 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-powered 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™
  • Sprint Professional Grade designation making it business ready with full corporate security, including remote wipe, pin lock and data encryption

Motorola PHOTON Q customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

Customers across the country are beginning to benefit from Network Vision – an all-new network from Sprint, which offers enhanced 3G service – with a stronger wireless signal, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance – and 4G LTE, with faster data speeds for data applications.

On July 15, Sprint launched 4G LTE in 15 cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, Kansas City and Waco, Texas. Sprint recently announced that it expects four more cities to soon experience the speed and power of its all-new 4G LTE network. As the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, Sprint expects to bring 4G LTE to the following cities before Labor Day:

  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Gainesville, Ga.
  • Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.
  • Sherman-Denison, Texas

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visitwww.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • xsirxx

    Any word on that free tablet promo?

  • Apple_Chick

    4.3" screen? That's old news.

    15 mm thick? That's absurd.

    • xsirxx

      Apple_Chick, People arent buting this for a massive screen or its thickness. They are buying it because it is the only current gen qwerty out.

      • Hotter_Droid_Chick

        > People arent buying this for a massive screen or its thickness.

        It doesn't have the massive screen (or even a good size screen).

        It DOES have the thickness. And lots of it.

        I think you meant to just say:

        > People arent buying this

        • xsirxx

          yea thats what i meant. if ppl were butting them, then we would have bigger issues to deal with on our hands.

          the thickness and correct me if im wrong is 1mm thicker than a droid 2, which sucks but were used to it. and the screen size is the largest qwerty yet...but with the keyboard we have alot more screen realestate. would it be nice to have a phone as thick and large as a s3? yea of course. but this is the best yet...

        • Freak4Dell

          It has a great screen size.

  • Matthew Fry

    What's up with the crappy 4.3", 960x540, 256ppi display? The Atrix HD is 4.5", 1280x720 and 326PPI! I'll probably get it anyway but it pisses me off. Why is a keyboard justification for making a crappier phone?

    • xsirxx

      I dont care about the screen so much as I care about the battery. And it looks like they skimped on it big time. But I also have no clue how the krait processor is with effeciency.

    • duplissi

      256ppi is still respectable... and its not pentile! so theres that.

  • siypion

    4.3 hmm if I'm looking at this right this is the first keyboard equipped phone that size right?
    And yeah a bump in Res would be nice the eptouch is way worse

    • fixxmyhead

      nothing wrong with the s2. i have one and it looks damn fine to me. remember its SAMOLED + that plus gives it an extra kick.

  • http://twitter.com/thepowerofscott Scott Nienhuis

    That better be one top-quality keyboard.

  • toshistation

    and by 'world phone' they mean that it has a non-removable, non-alterable Sprint-branded SIM card which works exclusively with Sprint International Services. So, if you take this thing to another country, I hope you also bring some lube with you. Because you'll need it.

    • duplissi

      hopefully not as the previous photon had a normal and removable sim card, however the radio was programmed to lock out all domestic US gsm frequencies. eventually xda found a work around for that, as i had my photon running on att for 4 months before i upgraded to the galaxy nexus.

  • Freak4Dell

    I typically love the more rugged looking phones, but this thing is pretty ugly, at least the back. That border on the back is not attractive.

    Maybe I'll consider getting it, though. I'll have to see if XDA can make this thing work on domestic GSM networks like they did with some of the past Motorola world phones. My Pro is getting a bit old, and I'm itching for something new.

  • Fifth313ment

    The battery is only 1785mAh and it's not removable! WTF? But my EVO LTE
    has a 2000mAh battery and the Krait and runs for two days without issue.
    If it had a removable battery my friend who needs the keyboard for
    business would buy it. What is the trend with all the Android
    manufacturers going with internal batteries?