By Michael Fisher | August 20, 2012 7:10 PM
As nice as slab phones can feel in the hand, sometimes you just want the added flair of a slider, and the reassuring click of physical keys under your thumbs. Couple those attributes with 4G LTE support for Sprint’s bands, an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.3″ ColorBoost display, and those roguish cut corners that only Motorola can deliver, and you’ve got yourself a smartphone with a mouthful of a moniker: the Photon Q 4G LTE.
The newest member of the Photon (and Q) family comes to us just a day after the device’s official launch on Sprint, and packs a number of distinguishing features: it’s the first device on America’s third-largest carrier to offer both LTE and a physical keyboard, whose laser-cut keys are side-lit by adjustable-intensity LEDs. It’s also Sprint’s first device with Motorola’s Smart Actions app, and one of the first Motorola devices to feature an unlockable bootloader under its splash-resistant outer skin.
We’ll have a full review up shortly. Until then, let me take you on a brief tour of the Photon Q 4G LTE’s hardware, the box it comes in, and the laser-cut keyboard just begging for your thumbs. Video below.