Motorola’s Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint is now receiving a much welcomed OTA software update. No, it isn’t Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, the incremental firmware upgrade bumps the version number to 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10 and brings some enhanced functionality along with several important bug fixes.
- Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
- Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
- Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
- Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbo
- Seamless international text messaging
- Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
- Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
- Improved MMS functionality
It was a little over a year ago when the Motorola Photon 4G launched on Sprint, so it seems like the right time for a follow up. Motorola has done just that with the Photon Q 4G LTE. The addition of LTE speaks for itself and the Q signifies the addition of a QWERTY slider keyboard. This device is very much like the DROID 4 with a little more horsepower and the addition of the same diamond cut corners that were on the original Photon.
The Photon 4G LTE has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) ColorBoost display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, 1785mAh battery, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and Android 4.0.4. It’s also considered a world phone, but the SIM isn’t removable so it’s not going to be as flexible as you would like since you’re forced to work with Sprint’s roaming agreements abroad.
Since it’s a QWERTY, it’s not the thinnest phone in the world at 13.7mm thick, but the keyboard is the most usable and the sexiest to date. If you are a Sprint customer and you love QWERTY’s, then this is the phone for you, but I’m still questioning the $199 price tag on this one. On the flipside, the Photon Q 4G LTE is the first Motorola phone to have an unlockable bootloader via the tools on their new site.
Our own Roy Alugbue will do a full review, but for now check out my initial hands on video after the break.
We already had a good idea that the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE was going to launch on August 19th, and Sprint and Motorola just confirmed it with a press release. It will be priced at $199 and you can pre-order yours today and receive it as soon as this Friday, August 17th. What separates this phone from most others is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. They aren’t as popular as when the original DROID was released, but I know many of you still enjoy them. So if you are a QWERTY fan and a customer of Sprint, this just might be the phone for you.
There are no surprises on the specs, but here’s a refresher: