Alas poor QWERTY, I knew him, Horatio! A fellow of infinite texts, of most excellent data entry. Here hung those keys that I have tapped I know not how oft. Where be your Tweets now? Your emails? Your Google+ posts? Nowhere around here, that's for sure - the QWERTY slider phone has become rare in the last year or so, with only the Samsung Stratosphere II, the LG Enact, and a BlackBerry or two filling the once-swollen ranks. But it looks like T-Mobile is getting at least one more QWERTY phone, the LG Optimus F3Q, if the indefatigable Evleaks is correct.
LG Optimus F3Q, for T-Mobile USA pic.twitter.com/Lysho2CFJs
— @evleaks (@evleaks) December 6, 2013
The leaked photo looks like a technical drawing, perhaps from a manual or quick-start guide, not the usual press photo that Evleaks likes to post. Even so we can get a good look at the Optimus F3Q, which seems to be a decidedly mid-range slider with five rows of physical keys, four somewhat out of date capacitive navigation keys, and (probably) Android 4.1 or 4.2. In fact, the Optimus F3Q looks a lot like LG's Enact for Verizon with a new paint job. The tweet didn't include any specs, but the Verizon phone uses a 4-inch, 800x480 screen, a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8GB of storage, and a 5MP rear camera.
There's no indication of when the Optimus F3Q will become available or for how much, but given Evleaks' proclivities I'd guess "soon" and "not a lot." It won't be a show-stopping device, but these days QWERTY adherents will have to grudgingly take what they can get. That's a shame, considering how many of the important early Android phones used the form factor. Sorry, keyboard fans - you can always hold out for the DROID 5, right?
Source: Evleaks Twitter