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The slider isn’t dead yet: T-Mobile just announced the keyboard-equipped LG Optimus F3Q, as well as an availability date for the flexible 6-inch G Flex “phablet.”

Optimus F3Q
photo: T-Mobile

The slider phone lives. T-Mobile on Monday introduced the LG Optimus F3Q, an Android smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also announced an availability date for the LG G Flex, a 6-inch curved Android “phablet.”

The Optimus F3Q doesn’t look particularly groundbreaking, but it should get the job done for physical keyboard diehards. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8930 processor and 1GB of RAM. There’s a scant 4GB of internal storage, though a microSD card slot allows you to add up to 32GB of additional space. There’s a 4-inch TFT display; the resolution isn’t listed, but given the rest of the specs, I’d guess it’s 800 x 480, the same as was leaked prior by @evleaks.

There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera on the front, and a decent-size 2,460mAh battery inside. The phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is pretty dated at this point, though it features some software modifications from LG like QuickMemo and QSlide, which has been seen on other recent devices like the LG G2.

At 5.64 ounces, the phone is a bit heavy given its size, but that’s something of a given for keyboarded devices. The keyboard itself looks solid, with a dedicated row of number keys at the top. The Optimus F3Q will be available starting February 5 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $13 (or a total of $312).

G Flex curve

T-Mobile also announced the LG G Flex will be available starting February 5. For more info on that phone, I’ve already taken a close look at the initial overseas version of the phone, which features a curved 6-inch screen and a “self-healing” back cover. It will be available at T-Mobile for $0 down along with 24 monthly payments of $28 (or $672 total). It will also come with 6 free months of Netflix streaming.