16
Jun
Motorola Slider

It seems Motorola is having a tough time keeping its upcoming releases under wraps. First, a press shot of the Dinara (believed to be the Atrix 3) was leaked, and now somebody grabbed a shot of an unannounced Motorola device heading to Sprint.

Similar to the Dinara leak, the device seems to be running a fairly light version of Motorola's custom skin. While some icons are changed it appears that the Android 4.0 launcher remains mostly intact. Also similar to the Dinara is the presence of on-screen buttons. But this unnamed phone's biggest differentiator is a sliding, 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

The tipster only got one picture of the device and some initial impressions, so there's no word on specs. But here's what we do know:

  • It's very thick - apparently comparable to another QWERTY slider, the Samsung Transform, which is about 15 mm thick. Maybe this means they've managed to fit a huge battery in there, much like the RAZR MAXX.
  • The screen is, predictably, smaller than the Galaxy S3, but no official measurement yet. The tipster does note that it looks to be about 4".
  • As this hasn't been announced yet, this could be far from a final design.

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Source: Android Central Forums via Android Central

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    Why U no put arrow keys in gamepad position!!!

    • 27yearold

      why not just reassign the buttons around k to work as arrow buttons. works great, and you can also assign some buttons to work as dual pressed other buttons. make your own gamepad.

      • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

        Sure, keyboard buttons can be assigned, and it's indeed a great feature for gamers (and it's almost vital for emulator users). 

        Still, I don't get why no physical keyboard device manufacturer has ever taken this gaming use-case into account! I'm waiting for such a gaming-friendly keyboard device since my first Pocket PC phone in the early 2000s...Here's a quick and dirty mock-up I've just made: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9658021/Gamepad_Keyboard_Droid.png Imagine the colored buttons also having a slightly different touch feeling (so you can find them without looking away from the screen). For me such a device would be more attractive than any current keyboard phone and much more useful than the Xperia Play... I'd buy such a "best of both world" device immediately!

  • Bariman43

    Honestly, that actually looks like a really decent budget-range device. ICS, light on the OEM skin (it's not stock but it's better than full-on Blur), QWERTY keyboard, possibility of a very large battery, decent-sized 4" screen... if I didn't already have a GNex and I was on a very, very, tight budget, I might have considered this one.

    • masterdebater

      I think this one is a high-end mid to top tier phone. Nokia Asha with Qwerty, now that's a budget phone.

      But I agree with you about the phone, this phone seems great.

  • Pbooker117

    No Moto, you are supposed to put a physical keyboard on a SGS3 variant, not the Photon -___-

    • Pbooker117

      correction: samsung needs to be making the sgs3 variant with a keyboard not moto and the photon

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    Looks like a decent phone. Might get it if VZW ever raises my rates.

  • http://twitter.com/HearthCore HearthCore

    Love on Screen Buttons. Would wish there'd be another highend device beside the GNex out there with them.

    • http://twitter.com/rougesheep Andy Burne

      Is it just me or do they look very much like the Honeycomb icons?

      • GazaIan

        That's Blur.

  • Gabe Stover

    Shut up & take my money, already! :)

  • bassman418

    I just got my wife a Droid 4 ( cause she NEEDS a keyboard) and this looks just like it. Except the on screen ICS buttons.

  • 27yearold

    I don't know if this phone is any good, but I am liking the trend of using droid 4 keyboard like here. it is one of the best. please be quad core

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    I would have picked this up in a second if they had it when I joined Sprint.  The only Qwerty phone they had at the time was the original Epic, which was woefully out of date.

    I'd gladly trade my Photon for this new device.  I miss having a physical keyboard.

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