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Is there still a market for higly capable Android phones with slideout QWERTY keyboards? Few besides Motorola must think so. Leaked photos of the alleged Droid 5 for Verizon indicate not everyone wants to use a software keyboard.

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Fans of the original Motorola Droid and Droid 4 handsets — and their slideout QWERTY hardware keyboards — will be happy to see the latest leaked images of what’s being called the Droid 5. Engadget found images on a Chinese web forum showing off an updated Droid from Motorola that brings back a 5-row keyboard to supplement on-screen typing.

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The reported device is estimated to have a 4.3-inch to 4.5-inch display, support Verizon’s LTE network and wireless charging. Verizon has backed the Qi standard, so it’s a safe bet that any Qi charger will work with this phone if it comes to market.

No other information is available on the phone, but one only has to look at the new Motorola Droid Ultra line and the Moto X to take an educated guess. All four of those phones share nearly the exact same hardware internals: A dual-core processor with quad-core GPU, 10 Megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 and various Motorola-specific features such as Touchless Notifications and Active Display.

These and other related features are meant to help Motorola’s newest handsets stand apart from a crowded Android handset market. So too would a QWERTY keyboard, but it doesn’t make much sense for Motorola to abandon its newest features on similar handsets.

  1. Why is nobody doing that with portrait keyboards? Is Blackberry the only one who can extract value from them?

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  2. Hooray!!! I pointed this out in an earlier post that it was time to see a modern keyboard slider. Now all we need is HTC to do the same with their One and give their loyal fans a modern TP2 successor.

    There is still a very strong following for keyboard sliders, especially among old school enthusiasts and heavy users. Which is why I don’t understand how manufacturers are ignoring this. Not everybody wants to tap on a screen to type – it’s slow, inaccurate and hogs the display. Even the iPhone can be had with a sliding keyboard case.

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    1. Yay. As a former TP2 and now Epic 4g user, I’ll be in the market for a new phone soon, and I happen to be planning on switching to Verizon, so this may be the phone for me.

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    2. I totally agree and made my comments on your previous post. As a heavy user and previous owner of TP, TP2 and Desire Z I can’t wait for a new hardware keyboard phone!!!!

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  3. If T-Mobile doesn’t get a decent physical keyboard phone in the same ballpark as this one, I’ll be switching to Verizon for sure.

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  4. Why is any other company thinking the same way …. get some of the more devices like this one and the earlier droids having a physical keyboard. Also I would like motorola to come up with these devices for the other regions as well and not just for the US. Devices like this one which fills the missing gaps might help them to get the markets that they have lost in the last few years.

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  5. I love software keyboards for simple stuff like texting, but for some tasks hardware keyboard is a must (remote desktop, emulators, code, science, equations, terminology, typing without looking). I’m not going to get a smartphone without a qwerty and give up hardware options.

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    1. I like you you just generalized “science” as an activity lol

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  6. Please, please, please be true. I hate these touch screen keyboards. I have to type emails & texts for my job and it is a pain to do it with these tiny screens that also take up room on the display. Half your display screen disappears while you are typing.

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  7. For the person who uses there Phone as a tool, I feel these the physical keyboard is just indispensable. Not just for texting but also web functionality. Using an online calendar for instance is much easier when you don’t lose the webpage view every time you need to type something. I was a first week adopter of the Droid 4 which replaced my Droid 2 and I love it. It looks like they’ve kept the best feature, the keyboard layout unchanged while correcting my three minor gripes, screen size, thickness, and fumbling with the power connection. Glad to see the Android family tree retaining its diversity. Its really the ability to get phone designed around your need and preference’s that sets the Android market apart from the our way or the highway I phones.

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  8. Love it, had the original Droid and Droid 4, really hope this isn’t lies from the pit of hell.

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  9. I just hope this phone will work in the UK, because we, in the UK, have no good, modern QWERTY Android phone like this. I still use HTC Desire Z … I want something newer! Please Motorola, make this phone for the UK customers as well!

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  10. SAMSUNG Galaxy Ch@t GT-B5330

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