The QWERTY-Keyboard practically gave birth to Android, with the T-Mobile G1 and the Motorola DROID delivering great experiences to casual users as well as those with a penchant for physical keyboards. It’s also no secret that Android devices sporting physical keyboards helped ween people off of their BlackBerries. The DROID line now however, is all but dead with the DROID 4 lazing around on Verizon with no successor in sight. It’s clear that these devices are a rare breed these days, with super-accurate touch screens and brilliant typing experiences both from Android itself and third-party apps. Those on T-Mobile however, are about to be given one more option.
Thanks to @evleaks we know that a new LG device is coming to T-Mobile and as you can plainly see in the above photo, the keyboard is back. There’s no word on pricing, specs or when to expect the device but, judging the Optimus F moniker, we shouldn’t expect much on the specs front. The Optimus F3 launched on Virgin Mobile earlier this year with a 4-inch IPS Display, a dual-core 1.2 Ghz CPU and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. There’s a chance that this is simply the qwerty version of that very device which would make a lot of sense, and QWERTY-keyboard devices haven’t really packed the latest and greatest specs since the original Motorola DROID which was quickly overshadowed by the Nexus One.
No matter what though, choice is a nice thing to have and if T-Mobile and LG are ready to give customers the QWERTY choice once more, then good for them. For older users and those that were practically raised on a BlackBerry, this might be a welcome change. It’ll all come down to both specs and pricing, hopefully LG have beefed up the specs from the original Optimus F3 and with the Moto G starting at just $179, it had better be affordable.