Over at Android Community they've acquired a leaked image and some information about the rumored Motorola MOTOSPLIT, the distinctive Android smartphone expected to arrive on AT&T come Q3 2010. According to the source, the MOTOSPLIT's QWERTY 'board can actually be a numeric keypad or indeed any layout; that's because it uses touch-sensitive monochrome displays for keys, which can dynamically change to suit use.
The keyboard keys are inset and probably have no tactile feedback, however, they should be quite easy to use. It looks like the cutouts are pretty finger-friendly, as they contour to the shape of a standard finger. Under those cutouts is a low-resolution monochrome touch screen, one for each side of the keyboard. This is where the finger presses. The contact area is small, but the plastic grid that surrounds it contours to the fingers. The label and function of each key can be changed to suit certain layouts and applications.
The keyboard has multiple orientations. The keyboard can be pulled from side to side for typing on a surface. A small kickstand angles the phone when typing in this manner. The keyboard can also be pulled to the left for a standard landscape layout. There is also a dial-pad layout.
The specifications are slightly different than previously posted. The MOTOSPLIT uses the same processor as the BACKFLIP. Every other spec is almost the same as the BACKFLIP.
The source maintains the previous estimated release window of Q3 2010, with the MOTOSPLIT expected to arrive on AT&T's network. It certainly isn't the first time we've seen dynamically-changing keyboard keys - the Samsung Alias2 used tiny E Ink panels to change its key legends - though it's unclear whether the MOTOSPLIT will use the same technology.