Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE official with QWERTY and ICS

This morning it's been made official: Motorola's next QWERTY device, the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, the first LTE Motorola device on its carrier in the USA, complete with enterprise security and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This device does not have the highest definition display in the land with its 4.3-inch 540 x 960 TFT LCD, nor does it have the most power with 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. What it does have is a QWERTY keyboard, NFC, environmental performance assurance from ULE, and corporate email access with MS Exchange ActiveSync.

Though not detailed in full just yet, this device is ready for business with what Motorola is touting as enterprise security and a 3G / 4G mobile hotspot – though you'll be paying an extra fee for USA-based hotspot, and international hotspot supports just one person.) And yes, this device is an international phone if you'd like to take it pond-jumping.

You've got 1080p HD video playback as well at 1080p video capture with the back-facing 8 megapixel camera, and the front-facing camera is also HD for video chat. This device comes in one flavor – 8GB of onboard memory – though you're also able to add 32GB with its available microSD card slot. You've got Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, a 1785 mAh non-removable battery, and the whole device is certified for environmentally rough situations.

This smartphone is UL Environment (ULE) Platinum Certified, aka "the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment." You'll be able to work with a lovely five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and you've got Motorola's user interface onboard over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. Catch it in stores soon!

NOTE: We've reached out to Motorola to find out which manufacturer makes the processor – coming soon!