Sprint Motorola Photon 4G

Sprint has yet to officially announce the Motorola Photon Q, which we first showed you from a leak in our forums earlier this summer, and which has already made it through the FCC. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse this morning during the company's second-quarter earnings call said the phone is coming "very soon." It'll sport 4G LTE data and also serve as a GSM world phone outside the United States, in addition to having the five-row QWERTY keyboard you see above.

Unknown is whether it'll launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, as seen in the test device above, or whether it'll get a bump to Jelly Bean before release. We'd bet on the former, with an upgrade to the latter.

We'd expect an official announcement is in the works now, too.

 
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Alot of things get me excited in the mobile arena. Phones with keyboards is not one of them.

They aren't my cup of tea either, but some people won't consider a phone without one. My wife being one of them.

asedeno says:

Good for you; you have tons of choices for phones without keyboards. I for one welcome my new Epic4G replacement.

mkashen says:

I prefer touch only devices but I recently switched back to my old Epic and I get why some people prefer hard keyboards. It is also is nice when viewing videos and I can hold the phone without accidentally touching the screen.... :-)

choice is good

stet says:

I currently have a BlackBerry Bold 9650 and am eligible for an upgrade in October. This is the phone that will convince me to leave BB for Android. I send a lot of full length emails from my phone and can’t stand touch screen virtual keyboards. I hope it comes out soon.

moises1204 says:

Google better take over the Motorola design team department soon or they are going to be loosing lots of money!! my GOD.

I am glad that Sprint finally launched what appears to be a very good phone with a physical keyboard. It has been over a year (at least) since they have offered a phone like this.

As someone said it is good to give your users choices (unlike a certain other company). Personally I can't use anything but Swype but I know a lot of people that are only comfortable with a physical keyboard.

joshua.worth says:

They only let slip that the device exists not sure where your coming up with the whole launch bit.

dizzle16 says:

Baltimore ain't been relevant since "the wire"

VDub2174 says:

I had the Photon 4G and loved it. It was a solid device that had great signal strength and an amazing battery life. Hopefully this one has the same strengths.

As for the keyboard, I still miss a physical keyboard from time to time.

rpankoe says:

I don't understand why there are reports that this phone does not include a front-facing camera. I'd think that a phone of this caliber would have it!

turb0wned says:

God moto just can't make a pretty device.

VDub2174 says:

I like how it looks.

shahid99 says:

Why why why keyboard . I was hoping moto phone on sprint without keyboard . Cuz only theh make world phone on sprint . Samsung n other just locks u down in us. And if u wanna travel abored by another phone . Anyway wait for another device maybe hoping for razr hd maxx or something with gaint battery life

stet says:

It has a keyboard so that it is easier to type "you" instead of "u", "and" instead of "n", and "Because" instead of "Cuz".

Va1ha11a says:

Now you all believe me ;)