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Sprint could have Motorola Photon 4G successor

The rumor mill starts up for Motorola's first 4G LTE handset on the Now Network. Specs are unknown at this point, but it could be the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE.

Sprint and Motorola looking to follow up last year's Photon 4G. Sprint

Sprint is looking to follow last year's Motorola Photon 4G with a 4G LTE variant, according to new rumors surfacing today. Called, for now, the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (what a mouthful!), the Android smartphone isn't dropping any spec hints, though history may offer clues.

At the time of its arrival last year, the Photon 4G was one of the top handsets on the market. Assuming Motorola and Sprint look to do the same with this model, I'd anticipate a display with 720p resolution and a high-end processor.

Remember also that the Photon 4G was Sprint's first smartphone to feature Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor, so it stands to reason that the "Q" 4G LTE has a quad-core chipset. And if that's the case, then we're at least a few months away from seeing this one land in Sprint stores. Recent reports, after all, indicate that Nvidia won't have Tegra 3 CPUs with LTE support ready until Q3 2012.

I'm hoping for at least Android 4.0, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. If we get anything less then I'd view the handset as a step backward.

I'd also look for docking connectivity, NFC/Google Wallet support and, if we're really lucky, a 3,300mAh battery. Seriously, Verizon shouldn't have all the fun.