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Pre-orders for the new QWERTY slider begin today.

Just as was rumored, Motorola and Sprint's new Photon Q 4G LTE is confirmed to arrive this Sunday, Aug. 19. The phone will cost $199.99 with the usual two-year service agreement, and boasts some of the highest-end specs you'll find on a QWERTY slider. In anticipation of the launch, Sprint will start taking pre-orders today, and pre-order customers will begin receiving their handsets as early as this Friday, Aug. 17.

In addition to a full physical keyboard, a dual-core CPU and support for Sprint's shiny new LTE network, the Photon Q offers Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with on-screen buttons, an 8MP rear camera and a qHD "ColorBoost" display.  In addition, there's NFC and Android Beam support and HDMI mirroring capabilities.

If you're a fan of press releases, we've got Sprint's after the break, along with the full spec list. Hit the link below for the official Motorola Photon Q pre-order page.

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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 network, 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
 

Reader comments

Sprint Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE coming Aug. 19 priced $199.99

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Every phone that Motorola releases from now on should have that Razor Maxx battery. If not, big fail in my opinion. Especially on Sprints network.

4G LTE in NW Houston is a "soft launch" per my local store. Might as well keep my current devices until LTE more available.

WHY ARE THEY STILL BRING OUT PHONES WITH LTE SERVICE AND IT'S NOT TOTALLY UP AND GOING YET WHICH MAKES THE PHONES STICK ON SLOW A** 3G 0_O

because they are building their network out and they are releasing phones that can do both 3g/4glte and that way when 4glte comes to you your ready. and by the way they are upgrading their whole network so be patient

LTE is available in 20 markets or so and expanding daily along with improved 3G, however, non-upgraded 3G is currently working great in many markets. What do you expect, they sell phones with no LTE and when LTE service becomes available now or shortly after the customer signs their contract they have nothing. C'mon, use common sense here, did Verizon and AT&T wait until their networks were fully built to start selling LTE phones?

NO removable battery no thank you

thats the reason i didnt get the evo 4g lte and thats the same reason am skipping this one , am gonna stay with my gs3 while i wait for the galaxy note 2 to come to sprint ,