QWERTY Keyboard

Nokia N9 with slide-out keyboard leaked and cancelled

Nokia N9 with slide-out keyboard leaked and cancelled

If you were looking to get a Nokia N9 with a hardware keyboard sometime this year, you'll have a hard time seeing the images we're about to show you - a prototype device that brings the world just that. It's called the Nokia "Lauta" and has the code RM-742 attached to it, and MyNokiaBlog notes that the company had plans to release this device in 2011 but it never came to fruition. Thusly dies the MeeGo phone with a full QWERTY hardware keyboard that would have been oh-so-cute.

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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

This week we've had a look at the next slide-out QWERTY smartphone to hit the 4G LTE universe in the Motorola PHOTON Q. This device represents some of the best and the worst in the smartphone market today, starting with Motorola's lovely take on a QWERTY keyboard, complete with light-up keys that feel rather nice to tap away on. The Sprint network, on the other hand, has been a letdown - both to the operating system and the hardware it's working with.

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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola announced that the PHOTON Q 4G LTE would be coming sooner rather than later, and now the company has confirmed that the handset will be available to pre-order starting from today, with the phone expected to hit retail shelves this Sunday on August 19th. The phone commands the typical $200 price tag on a new two-year contract, and packs a five row horizontal QWERTY keyboard in conjunction with the latest internals.

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Motorola Photon Q confirmed for 2012 LTE launch

Motorola Photon Q confirmed for 2012 LTE launch

Motorola's Photon Q Android smartphone will go on sale later in 2012, it's been prematurely confirmed, an LTE smartphone for the US market. The QWERTY slider format is an underplayed one in the smartphone segment, with touchscreen-centric candybars most common, and so fans of the form-factor generally get more excited than most to see a new option on the horizon.

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Microsoft readying Wedge keyboard with new Window 8 logo

Microsoft readying Wedge keyboard with new Window 8 logo

Microsoft may be preparing a massive software launch for Windows 8 later this year, but it looks like the company is also readying some new accessories to go along with the update. A new keyboard made by Microsoft has been spotted by Czech site WinMAG that seems to be designed for portable use with mobile devices like tablets. On top of that, the keyboard will feature the new Windows logo.

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RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM plans to trim its product line-up and lean heavily on BlackBerry 7 devices as it puts the finishing touches to BlackBerry 10, focusing on BBM connected services to provoke consumer interest. As for the decision to push a full-touchscreen device running the new platform initially, rather than playing to RIM's obvious strengths in devices with keyboards, Heins said that it was an intentional strategy rather than a company gaffe.

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Samsung Galaxy Chat pairs QWERTY candybar with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy Chat pairs QWERTY candybar with Ice Cream Sandwich

Android smartphones with non-sliding QWERTY keyboards are still something of a rarity, so forgive us for getting unduly interested in Samsung's Galaxy Chat, freshly announced today. Pairing a 3-inch QVGA touchscreen and a thumb-board, the Galaxy Chat may be something of a disappointment in most of its specifications, but a footnote by the Korean company confirms at least one curious tidbit: an LTE version is in the pipeline.

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Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Things aren’t looking good for RIM. The Q1 2013 fiscal results showed a massive loss, 5,000 jobs need to be cut from the company, and BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until next year. Reuters reported earlier this morning that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer approached the troubled company in the past, courting them for a potential Windows Phone tie-up. RIM could turn towards Android too, with Google’s Matias Duarte believing the company could make some great Android hardware.

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RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirmed today that its very first BlackBerry 10 device will not be featuring a physical keyboard, which has been iconic of the brand. Instead, it will go the route of touchscreen only, featuring a soft-keyboard like the one previewed on the developer version back at BlackBerry World. However, RIM does note that Blackberry 10 devices with physical keyboards will be available in the future.

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