06
Dec
optimuuuuuuuuus

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.

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look at the Optimus F3Q, which seems to be a decidedly mid-range slider with five rows of physical keys, four somewhat out of date capacitive navigation keys, and (probably) Android 4.1 or 4.2.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

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Roberto Cordero

    I would hold out for the Droid 5, if it actually released for GSM networks. The problem with devices with hardware keyboards these days is not only that they are hard to find, but that the few that get released end up being for CDMA networks.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Even more depressing, I'm betting that DROID 5 device was just a prototype that never got picked up. The styling is nearly identical to the RAZR M, which was released more than a year ago.

      • xsirxx

        it looked just like the photon q, which I had and was an amazing phone! But the screen broke and I needed an off contract phone buy until I got a new phone which im currently waiting on. So I went S3 and I really miss my keyboard.

        Point is, the photon q was released awhile ago and I doubt the droid 5 will be worth anything at this point unless they release it for 249$ or so off contract.

        • Rastor

          I love my Photon Q, if a Droid 5 (or equivalent on non-Verizon) were released I would jump on it in a flash.

        • Matthew Merrick

          I'm fully expecting the droid 5 to just be a moto G with a keyword slapped on - nothing high end.

  • xsirxx

    WHY!?!? whyyyyyyy gooodddddddddd! Cant we have a high spec'd slider?

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      plus bigger screen damn.

      • xsirxx

        I second that as well! Hey while were at it, lets throw in skinnier! ok ok ill settle with just faster and a bigger screen.

    • CharlesKGim

      I am soooooooooooooooooo with you. Its like a freakin conspiracy. I clicked on the link and started salivating till I read 4 inch screen, mid-range. What is the damn problem. I am ready to give them Galaxy Note 3 money for a NUQIN' slider phone man. Why wont they take my money?

  • Stone Cold

    Sadly the only way a Droid 5 can EVER appear on T-Mobile is to redesign and take the name Droid off as that is a Verizon exclusive now.

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    let me know when they make one with decent specs....still rather have one without a keyboard if the specs are crap....SD 400? seriously? What does it still have a qHD screen. Fucking garbage. Give me at least a SD 600 and at least a 720p screen and i'll be interested. Oh also through in a 4.5-5 inch screen and you got me sold....but alas...never will happen.

    • xsirxx

      Whats odd is no one will make it. Then they claim that no one wants keyboards because the sales are so low. Well give us a true up to date phone with a keyboard then we will see better numbers.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        exactly...i know i would buy one and so would my wife...she hates not having a keyboard.

      • John Smith

        I concur

  • shiftyron

    The typo errors on a Qwerty are less than on a touch-screen ...Most of my cell phones have been been equipped with Qwerty keyboards and the buttons have an advantage over a screen image! For the most part the area to touch is defined by buttons where images on a screen are usually too small and too sensitive and can cause multiple letters to be inserted if you're not careful! Qwerty keyboards should be a part of all cell phones ,at least as an option if the user prefers touch-screen!

    • http://playdreamcreate.com/ Miguel Angel

      I feel like a QWERTY forces you to type slower compared to a touch screen. So you would make mistakes. I make much less mistakes when I type slower on a touch screen, but get frustrated with the pace and rather type much faster even though its more error proned.

  • shiftyron

    Now if LG can match Samsung in phone quality. ..We'd have the perfect cell phone!

    • Corrinna Jordan

      The only reason I switched to gs3, was because I got fed up with Verizon. I would go back to my LG Ally in a heartbeat. I've had 3 different Samsungs and every one has been a disappointment. The gs3 antenna sucks. I would love LG to come out with a high quality/spec phone with slider!

  • Guest

    Why slide outs are so ugly. It breaks my heart

  • TRACE

    Why slide outs are so ugly? It breaks my heart. High specs, body of NOKIA E7 and android on top maybe?

    • xsirxx

      Wow! that is one sharp phone! I have never seen that before. I would buy that with android in a heartbeat!

    • John Smith

      That *is* nice! Give it high-end specs, put Android on it, and I'd be all over it.

  • Xarlos

    Haha, that was a great article intro.

    On topic, I have two friends who are holding on to ancient Android phones because they hate soft keyboards.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Looks nice.

  • ashley

    I really wish iPhone would come out with a QWERTY phone so everyone would think it was a revolutionary idea and companies would start making them again.

    • MARKPAIN

      Agreed! The reason I have stuck with Droids and not bought an iPhone was the lack of a physical keyboard.

  • Corrinna Jordan

    I used to have an LG Ally and loved the sturdy keyboard (not cheap like many). But yes, why does no one want to update them and make them high end?? I have a SG3 and after 2 yrs still hate using the screen to type. I don't get it!