Now that summer break is almost over, Verizon is hoping to catch the new school year momentum by unleashing the Pantech Star Q 4G LTE. The Star Q’s main attraction is its 5-row QWERTY keyboard, which should be welcomed by text-obsessed students or other folks who often have to do their word processing on the road.

Slide-out QWERTY keyboard aside, the Pantech Star Q 4G LTE is no slouch in the speed department. The phone is equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor; the same chip used in high-end Android smartphones. It boasts a 4-inch display of 800 x 480 resolution, 3MP rear camera, and a front camera. Another surprise is the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

As pointed out by Androidandme, sample pictures taken with the Star Q’s camera can already be found online on Picasa. And if you’re wondering how the phone performs in Nenamark benchmarks, you can find the result here.

Verizon hasn’t set a specific launch date yet for the Pantech Star Q. But looking at the online trails of the phone, we expect to hear an official announcement from Big Red really soon. The Star Q will likely find a spot in the carrier’s mid-range lineup, and we don’t think that the phone will cost more than $100 with a contract.