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The QWERTY Lives on – LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile Render Leaked

While many have accepted the fact that phones with QWERTY keyboards are basically dead, there are still a few folks out there who would love to see them return to the mainstream. The last time we talked about a QWERTY keyboard was the DROID 5, a device we never quite saw come to fruition from Motorola, even though evidence pointed to its existence. Regardless of that, a new QWERTY-toting device looks to be making its way to T-Mobile from LG, a device named the F3Q

Beyond the name, not much is known. From what we would assume, the device doesn’t appear to be anywhere near a flagship model, given the capacitive buttons on the device and an overall “plasticy” look to it. A release date has still yet to surface as well, so until we get more details, a press render is all we have to work with.

We know you may not pick up the F3Q, but if the DROID 5 came alive, who here would jump all over that?

Via: @evleaks
  • Hesster

    I’d love a top-tier QWERTY slider. I have a Droid 3 and if Moto (or any other company) released a device with a similar keyboard and modern specs, I’d be all over it.

    I finally gave up waiting a few months ago and bought an HTC One. I like it, but I still keep my D3 around to remote control my computer from the couch. Remote desktop blows with on-screen keyboard.

  • BruthaV

    I am waiting for the Droid 5, but my patience is running out. I love my QWERTY keyboard on my Droid 4, but I would consider another phone (and maybe even another provider, other than Verizon) to satisfy my QWERTY keyboard requirement.

  • David Trapp

    I am tired of the “slimmer is better” talk, because this new revolution of thin fragile phones has brought on a BIGGER (literally) phenomenon of cases that make phones far larger than keyboard phones. I bought a Galaxy Note II to replace my Droid 2 because I wanted big on screen buttons to push. After having it for a year the keyboard takes about 5 seconds to load after putting down a cursor. Back to technology that is more convenient.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    IF Droid 5 = (Droid Ultra Maxx + QWERTY)
    Instant buy. Just take my money.

    Until then… I continue using my Droid 4.

  • TC Infantino

    If Motorola came out with a Droid 5 with top tier specs, or close to, then I would be all over it. I hate how much of the screen is taken up by the software keyboards when you turn the phone sideways. Some websites have things like the contest entry on DL that do not center properly in portrait mode, so you have to turn the phone to landscape to enter text into the fields. I loose most of my screen when I am typing in landscape, where with a physical keyboard there would be no problem. I think Moto is dropping the ball on a sales demographic by no longer offering a slideout keyboard.

  • matt

    Come on Moto, resurrect the glory days of the OG. Give it some decent specs, especially screen quality, and the physical keyboard will rise from the ash heap of history like an all conquering Phoenix! Yahhyaaah!

  • Daniel

    I would LOVE the Droid 5 rumors to be true, as I’m still very much loving my Droid 4…this looks like a T-Mobile variant of the Verizon LG Enact, which is still nice to see options, but the Droid 5 seemed nicer :-

  • Dorian Brooks

    That looks hella low-end. Better cost less than a Moto G.

  • Rodeojones000

    Not even if it was free without contract renewal.

  • Brian Cohen

    I would take ANY new Motorola Droid with a keyboard to replace my aging D4. As it stands, i would rather have lag and use my keyboard, then no keyboard.

  • RoadsterHD1

    So what happened with the Droid 5?

  • Sirx

    No thanks: There’s no possible way to do one-handed typing with a QWERTY. Can’t blind type.

    • aBabyPenguin

      Sure you can, I would type without looking all the time with my D2G! It just takes a month or so to get used to the button configuration.
      If anything, it’s much harder to blind type on a touch screen where there is no tactile way to know where the buttons are.

  • ferrari187

    wow that does not look good, not going to save qwertys

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    I honestly really miss the keyboard days. Back then I could quickly whip out a email or long text message with almost no errors. You can place you fingers on the buttons and only click when you’re on the button (by feel). With on screen keyboards your have to hover over them, and when you click you don’t know for sure that you’re on the right key unless you actually look. Back with real keyboards, if you made a small typo which would be just one letter, there was no auto correct to change the entire word to something you didn’t mean. So if you quickly mashed the send key before proofreading, the recipient could easily tell which word you meant to put because only one letter would be wrong, instead of an entire word being wrong.

    But unfortunately my want for the top of line specs in a thin and small device, outweighs my want for a great typing experience. So I wont be buying a hardware keyboard phone :/

  • A.J.

    LG needs to make a G Slide (or Glide or something like that). I mean they came out with the G Flex so put the same specs into a Qwerty phone and I think there would be buyers.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Kill it with fire…

  • DJyoSNOW

    I don’t rotate my phone with the exception of games and videos.

  • David Dickey

    I just bought a Moto X to replace my Droid 4 on Monday (still waiting for my Moto X to ship), but I will sell the Moto X on eBay and buy the Droid 5 in a heartbeat…. if Motorola ever makes a Droid 5 that is.

    • arthuruscg

      Same here,

  • Mr E

    I have to admit that I’ve always wanted a qwerty phone but have always been put off by the usually mid-range specs. That said, let’s see another phone with a built-in gamepad!

    • ntsu

      When my girlfriend and I met, our first similarity was having a Droid 4. For users who need a higher degree of precision, full screen space, and privacy, a side-slider QWERTY is the way to go. The XT894 is just the right size to fit into your hand, use in a windshield mount/cradle, and use in a belt clip. I’ll hold out for a Droid 5 or other high-end smartphone, I just hope it won’t have skimpy specs and have an SD slot, and feel less ‘plasticy.’ If nothing materializes I might as well build my own 😉

  • bigdav1178

    Still waiting for a “Droid 5” to replace my Droid 4, but I’m not holding my breath. I just may be holding on to an old, mediocre phone for some time to come, since I have yet to find a soft keyboard that works as well for me as the hardware keyboard.

    • Adrynalyne

      If I was still using a 4-4.3 inch screen, I would welcome a slider. Thats not the case anymore though.

    • Ben Klene

      Finally gave in and got a Maxx. If I can’t have a keyboard, I wanted crazy batter life at least. If the Droid 5 ever comes to fruition, I’ll probably sell the Maxx and buy a 5 outright. At least that’s what I plan on.

    • BlynkOfAnEye

      I just replaced my D4 with a Moto X about two weeks ago. I noticed I had started using the onscreen keyboard (SwiftKey Flow is my personal preference) more than the physical keyboard, and even though I wasn’t 100% on it, I eventually decided to make the jump away from my trusty slider. Loved my D4, but the 50g(!) difference in weight is palpable. Love how the MotoX is almost the exact same size (length x width), but half as thin, and has a bigger, higher-res screen. Win all-around. Still miss being able to type without looking though.

    • Raven

      I was too, but I finally gave in with the Cyber Monday Moto X DE craziness. I know that I will miss it, but I am afraid that they are finally prying my physical keyboard from my cold droid fingers.

    • bigdav1178

      I’ve tried all the popular ones such as Swype and Swiftkey, but though they can do decently for regular message typing, they don’t work as well when doing work with symbols and non-words. I’m a network admin and I spend a bit of time in things like ssh and typing in specific URL strings; things that don’t work out too well with auto-correction and typing suggestions. The closest I’ve found to covering my needs would be the hacker’s keyboard, but you really need a sizable device like a Note, or the on-screen keys are too small for accurate usability. If I were to leave the Droid 4 right now, I would probably go to a Note 3 for that reason, but I don’t really want to carry a device that large.

      • BlynkOfAnEye

        yeah all my passwords are alphanumeric with symbols; the arduousness of inputting them is still my number #1 gripe with any onscreen keyboard.

  • terry12s

    Haha, not me. I think the qwerty keyboards add unnecessary weight and bulk to phones

    • Godzilla

      Agreed. With today’s voice to text ability there are very few people who will actually need a keyboard. They do exist, but not many left.

      • Ian

        Voice to text is not an all encompassing substitute. No one wants to blurt their messages to everyone within earshot. Plus voice typing still gets a lot of things wrong.

        • Godzilla

          Meh, to each their own.

  • Godzilla

    Those of you talking Droid 5, just be aware that our friend in the know has never mentioned it. I dont thin MOTO will go there.

    • Ian

      Maybe they’ll do a rehash of the Bionic with a keyboard?

      • Godzilla

        LOL, the Bionic name will never be used again im sure.

        • Ian

          Droid Godzilla just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

          • Godzilla

            I think it’d be pretty cool, haha. Especially with my new movie next year.

    • Stone Cold

      Even if the Droid 5 was granted life the it would have to only be a Verizon phone or have a name change to be able to have other carriers be able to carry them.

  • TJWaterskier

    Moto X + Keyboard? I’d prolly buy it. That’d hark back to the OG Droid days for sure.

    • Foo

      I’d be all over that!

    • r0l

      Much like the DROID 5, it’s likely an old render for something never to see the light of day.

    • Harris

      That’d be nice. Too bad I’ve replaced my Droid 4 with a Galaxy S4. If I’m going to give up a physical keyboard and live with a crappy SSH and terminal experience using a software keyboard that takes up screen real estate then I might as well get the things Motorola removed from their phones: SD cards and replaceable extended batteries.

      I think it’s the ugliest of all the flagships but I’m not trying to make a fashion statement with a phone.

      • James T.

        I did the same thing. Too bad the Bluetooth keyboard attachments for the S4 are crap quality.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Could have sworn the title said LG. Yep, it id.

      • TJWaterskier

        Meant to answer Tim’s question about the Droid 5 by kinda insinuating “If the Droid 5 was a MotoX + Keyboard” I would but it. But who need complete sentences anyways… haha

  • Godzilla

    I guess