Last night, Motorola unveiled its first LTE slider handset for Sprint, the Photon Q. The handset is a run-of-the-mill high-end handset with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
However, the Photon Q marks one important change in Motorola’s policy. The handset comes with an unlocked bootloader. After the original Droid realased in way back in 2009, the Photon Q is the only phone from Motorola that will come with an unlocked bootloader without purchasing it outright.
The company did not announce anything else except that it will provide more details about how to take “advantage of this feature closer to availability” of the handset. The post from the company also mentions that it is working on offering the option to unlock the bootloaders to its other devices as well.
The Android community as a whole will definitely appreciate this move from Motorola. The company had earlier promised that it will release a bootloader unlocking tool for its devices sometime late last year. Sadly, that never happened until today. Better late than never, I guess.