When it comes to Android-running QWERTY sliders, Motorola does it just about better than anyone. They were, after all, the company responsible for the Motorola Droid, the phone that launched the Android craze almost single-handidly all the while rocking a full keypad. The future of such devices has been in question as manufacturers shift their attention towards larger screen sizes and thinner device profiles, but it looks like Motorola isn’t done just yet. A new QWERTYfied handset has surfaced with ties to Sprint.
With a 5-row keyboard that smacks of the Motorola Droid 4 and what appears to be a similarly sized display (seen here flashing Ice Cream Sandwich’s software navigation keys), it’s hard to say if this will be the next top-shelf device from Moto or simply a retooled D4 for a different CDMA network. There have been rumors of a new QWERTY device from Motorola codenamed Asanti, but those tied the device to AT&T’s network. Perhaps both carriers will see a similar phone, which is said to be based around the Droid 4 design and has been pegged with multiple model numbers, leaving open the possibility.
The QWERTY will always hold a special place in our hearts, mine in particular after rocking the old school Droid well past my two-year contract. Whether or not the form factor has a future with Android is another question. What do you all think?