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Aug
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When last we saw the LG Enact, it was looking like a decidedly ho-hum budget phone for Verizon whose only differentiator was an oddly retro 4-button layout. Evleaks has graced us with yet another look at the phone and... well, it still looks pretty ho-hum, but now it's a slightly more interesting QWERTY slider. Verizon hasn't had a new Android phone with a physical keyboard since the Pantech Marauder over a year ago.

It's just too bad that QWERTY fans now have to hang out in the shallow end of the spec pool. Previous leaks indicate that the 4-inch phone uses a resolution of 800x480, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, and Android 4.1.2. Evleaks now says it uses a 5MP rear camera as well. Try to stifle your excitement. Though we'd need to see a full spec list to be sure, it looks like the LG Enact is sitting just below the 18-month-old Motorola DROID 4 in terms of hardware - the latter has it beat with a slightly higher-res screen. It's also got LG's custom skin, whatever they're calling it these days.

Evleaks say the LG Enact is "days away," and he's rarely wrong in these matters. We're still waiting on information about the price, which will be the make-or-break factor with two similar devices already available on Verizon.

Source: @evleaks

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Chris Jutting

    Why are qwerty phones always such crap. Would it be so out of the question to launch a qwerty variant of a flagship device? I personally much prefer a physical keyboard, even if I sacrifice some thickness to get it.

    • Jake Gold

      S4 Slide?

      That's a S4 variant I can get behind

      • Jeremiah Rice

        I like it. You'd think with the dozen or so devices Samsung releases each month they could make a real S4 with a keyboard.

      • John Smith

        yeah, I'd dig that too. Would be cool to have a keyboard for games instead of the on-screen controls (my thumbs always slide off the virtual controllers)

        • Matthew Fry

          From my experience it's less than stellar. The buttons feel good but they were offset from each other (on the Epic) and they were all the same size. It made me realize why controller design is so important to a console's success.

    • Razo_E

      I've always loved sliders, but with large screens, it's not that bad to live without one. Emulators are not as fun though. Not by a long shot..

      • Alan Shearer

        Emulators? get a cheap xperia play or the nvidia shield.

        • Razo_E

          Can't find xperia plays for cheap, and if I do, they have a cracked screen or are broken in half or something. It's definitely something I've been looking at, especially with PSP emulators out there.

    • EH101

      Because it's a niche market. Full qwerty phones cost more to produce and don't sell nearly as well as their touch-only brethren.

      Would this change if it had s4 or LG g2 specs? Very doubtful, and not a gamble any OEM would be willing to make.

      • Matthew Fry

        That's kinda the point. If you keep putting out crap handsets with physical keyboards you have no idea of what your high end market will be. Do you actually know how many Galaxy Epic 4Gs are out there? Last time I checked it was the largest single device using CM. People are clinging on to their 4Gs because they're waiting for a spectacular device with a physical keyboard. I was one of those until the S3 pushed me over the edge. Now I'm shunned at the physical keyboard enthusiast barbecues.

        • EH101

          Lol at the barbecues.

          But those people clinging to the 4Gs are a minority, and that's the point. OEMs know the minority exists and just aren't willing to cater to them. I'm not saying they're right, but I'm also not saying they're wrong.

          I see your point, but I really don't see the situation changing.

    • ImSteevin

      I'm with you but it's probably just not financially viable, most people either want a keyboard and don't care about specs, or specs and they don't care about physical keyboard!

    • ProductFRED

      Do you really think these companies wouldn't be releasing phones if people wanted them? You guys are a minority in terms of demand for a slide out keyboard. I'm not telling you to shut up or anything like that; choice is never a bad thing (although Apple might tell you differently). Companies send millions, possibly billions, on research to find out what people will buy. And the research has, obviously, been showing that less and less people require and/or want a slide out keyboard. Those who do are probably seen as "old fashioned" (not calling you that), hence the low specs.

      I have a friend who had a Touch Pro 2 and his first Android phone was an Epic 4G. He refused to use his upgrade on anything until a solid, high-end QWERTY device came out. He tried out the Note 2 on my suggestion and never looked back.

      • JP

        And yet they release flip phones with a 10-key.

        • ProductFRED

          That's an entirely different market: Asia. The phones over there are COMPLETELY different.

    • GigiAUT

      Totally with you on that. I'm dying to get my hands on a phone with a physical keyboard but Europe never gets anything new or worth buying (spec wise). And the rest all look so outdated and plain :(

  • TRACE

    Dooooo something like n900 in design!!! But slimmer, bigger screen.. I loved the beasty look of that phone.

    • remister

      I still have my n900, loved it when it first came out. I have to upgrade it to the new OS though.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Wow keyboards are rare enough but this one is a full (5 row) QWERTY which is as rare as a dodo bird nowadays.

  • Pasquale

    Moto please make a Droid 5 and make it a flagship powerhouse

  • ChristianHJW

    Please support our Online petition for a modern QWERTY Slider Android Smartphone :

    http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/smartphone-manufacturers-we-want-modern-android-smartphones-with-physical-keyboard-slider