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Motorola Photon Q to Be Sprint’s First LTE Phone With Physical Keyboard, World Roaming

Sprint is giving keyboard lovers a new choice in smartphones with the addition of the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE.

Announced today, the Photon Q is the carrier’s first 4G LTE smartphone with a full physical keyboard and world-roaming capabilities. Sprint did not announce pricing and availability date, but said it would release more details in the next few weeks.

The Photon Q has a five-row keyboard with backlit buttons and a dedicated number row for faster typing. You can also use the handset’s 4.3-inch touchscreen; though, with a 960-pixel by 540-pixel resolution, it’s not the sharpest display on the market.

The smartphone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and includes such security features as remote wipe, PIN lock and data encryption for business users. The Photon Q also has an eight-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, a front-facing HD camera for video chats, and a microSD expansion slot.

For globe-trotters, the Photon Q features technology that allows you to use the phone in the U.S. and overseas. The phone is compatible with Sprint’s newly launched 4G LTE network, which is currently available in 15 cities, including Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City. The carrier plans to have its LTE network largely completed by the end of 2013, covering 250 million people across the U.S.

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