Android phones are coming out all over the place, ranging from the basic Android device, all the way up to HTC’s Sense UI, which made us all take a second look at what Android was capable of. And we’re happy to see the open source Operating System (OS) getting some of the lime-light, especially so quickly. And while HTC has beem the main proponent to Android’s availability on the market, other manufacturers are quickly clamoring to get their piece of the pie. Motorola has two handsets reportedly coming out, the Verizon-bound Sholes (or Shules, whichever you think doesn’t sound ridiculous when you say it aloud), and the T-Mobile Morrison, which is a lower-end device. And Samsung had already inroduced the i7500 (or Galaxy), but it looks like they’re not finished yet. Here, we finally introduce the Samsung Instinct Q.
The guys over at Phandroid got a lucky tipster to send them four pictures of the upcoming Samsung Instinct Q, which is part of the Instinct line-up formerly exclusive to the Sprint network. However, there are some major changes this time around. First and foremost, is the fact that Android is running on the device. Secondly, it’s the only Instinct-branded phone to have a physical, slide-out keyboard. But, everything else is pretty standard on the device. The hardware keys, which are essential to an Android device, are present below the screen, which seems to be decently sized.
However, the more we look at this phone, the more we can’t help but think it’s a bit run-of-the-mill. Even the Samsung Galaxy stood out in its unique physical “blandness.” But the Instinct Q looks like a bad mix between the older Samsung Instinct devices, and the new Highlight, which came out for T-Mobile not too long ago. And there’s that large white bumper-like thing at the top of the phone, which hpoefully just goes to the wayside by the time this phone launches. In the end, the big news here is that Sprint is possibly getting two Android devices at the same time, around October 11: the HTC Hero, and Samsung’s Instinct Q. So, all you Android fans stuck to Sprint pining for a handset, now you have some choice. But we’re pretty sure that this is one decision that isn’t too hard to make.