T-Mobile LG Optimus F3Q slider shown in leaked image

December 6, 2013

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    It’s not often that we get to see Android smartphones sporting full QWERTY slide-out keyboards these days, but this handset species has not died yet.

    It looks like T-Mobile and LG may have joined forces to launch such a device, reportedly called the Optimus F3Q. As you can see in the picture below, there’s already a leaked image from a famous leaker showing the device, and considering that @evleaks has been accurate with many previous renders of unreleased mobile devices, we would assume the Optimus F3Q will be released at some point in the near future.

    Except for the image, there aren’t many details about this Optimus F3Q in the wild, but we can tell you that in case the picture is accurate, the device will feature a five-row keyboard and won’t ship with KitKat on board.

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    Furthermore, considering that an Optimus F3 (top image) already exists – the phone features a 4-inch display and runs Jelly Bean – we would expect the F3Q to be just a variation of that handset.

    Anyone looking forward to a buying a new Android slider?

    Comments

    • Jin

      physical keyboards… I used to love em
      but they’re useless today (to me). typing on the screen is faster.
      unless a serious innovation is put on it, they just make the phone look bigger

      • http://pixelpaperskin.com/ Hoang Cao Nghia

        Speed is not the be all and end all of character input methods.
        I love mushy physical keyboard on all palm and bb because my fingertip feel good when pressing on it.

        I willing to switch back if they have high-spec and GOOD keyboard.

      • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

        There is a market for all devices, and while I respect your comment….you are off just a little bit.

    • Patrick Roberts

      I’ve been hoping for a new phone with a physical keyboard, cant wait

    • Krishna

      I am! Sure they’re out dated, but I loved my old phone that had a keyboard like that! Bringing the old with the new; love it :)

    • noodle

      Whatever about the keyboard, the four capacitive buttons make it look like something running Gingerbread or Froyo.

    • RanRu

      The main thing I used my physical keyboard for back when I had one was games. Much better than having your thumbs covering half your screen with no tactile feedback.

      That said, this phone, unfortunately, looks pretty low-end, so I don’t know how relevant gaming will be on it.

    • Chris Voyce

      A sliding keyboard is so out of date and clumsy looking just my opinion “” ;-)

      • Iconic

        Websites look so puny and cramped with on-screen keyboards. Just my opinion.

    • Rusu Cornel Gabriel

      I fucking love phones with sliding physical Keyboard. Although I own a Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro and I might buy this one as well if the price to performance ration is good for me.

    • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

      At least with my LG Mach, I have full view of my screen as I type and a nice little physical keyboard. My own personal micro-sized laptop when I need it for doing business. For entertainment, I can use it just like any other touchscreen device. The perfect combination!

    • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

      BTW, I hope Boost gets the new one. My Mach will need a replacement in a few years.

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