top August 2016 List of Android Phones With Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard

2016+ Android Smartphones With A Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard

From 2013 on, new smartphones with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard started getting rare, but there are still some models for those who aren't very fond of SWYPE and other virtual keyboards.

If you think that there's nothing like a physical, built-in or slide-out full QWERTY keyboard when it comes to typing a lot of text, this list is for you. However, check the weight and thickness because a slide-out keyboard tends to make a thicker, bulkier and heavier smartphone. That's why we've included weight and thickness info -- whenever available -- with this list of the latest Android smartphones with a physical keyboard.

The List:

The BlackBerry PRIV

Latest Slide-out Model: The BlackBerry PRIV

(The BlackBerry PRIV is currently the latest Android QWERTY keyboard smartphone.)

BlackBerry's first Android-run smartphone merges the popular OS with a BB-esque array of pros and cons, the key elements being a premium 5.4-inch Quad HD (1440p) dual-curved-edge AMOLED display (+) and a SmartSlide (a slide-out technology they had not yet detailed when we wrote this) touch-sensitive 4-row QWERTY keyboard (+). This 192g (-) smartphone also features an 18-megapixel dual-LED-flash PDAF camera (+), which is sadly joined by a mediocre 2-megapixel selfie cam (-) -- many other 2015 alternatives sport 5-megapixel sub-cams. That said, its hexa-core CPU + 3GB RAM processing (+) is more than appreciable, especially with a 3410mAh QC2.0 battery under the hood. Topping off the highest-specked BB phone (as of its release) is the DTEK privacy software (+), which is probably why BB calls it the PRIV. This model has been called BlackBerry's last chance and we feel that, with specs like these... they have a shot at it.
The LG Optimus F3Q

LG Optimus F3Q

LG makes another case for the QWERTY keyboard with the Optimus F3Q, which introduces the Write & Share feature (allows you to go from the home screen to the text box by just sliding down the keyboard). This 1.2GHz dual-core Android smartphone also sports a relatively large 2460mAh battery with 960 minutes or 16 hours of talk time. Its other specs, however, are a bit unassuming. For example, there is the rather low-resolution 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, along with a 5-megapixel camera and only 1.11GB of user-available memory (expandable to 32GB). Maybe LG thought that focusing on the messaging tools is the key to this phone's success?
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The LG Enact

LG Enact

It is certainly considerate of LG Enact to install a simpler interface for beginners (but it will probably soon be a common-enough feature), a handy QWERTY slide-out keyboard (which thickens it to 15.7 mm), and a long-lasting 2460mAh battery (although the LG G2 has an impressive 3000mAh). First-time smartphone users would probably find such usability promising. However, with its 1.2 GHz of processor speed, use of the Android 4.1.2, 8GB memory, 1 GB of RAM, and 5-megapixel camera keeping it firmly in the mid-range category, we find it a little harder to believe that it is also ideal for seasoned users (as stated by LG), not when there may be other Android slider smartphones with better specs (higher-resolution camera, faster CPU, larger screen) on the market (like the Motorola Photon Q).
The LG Mach

LG Mach

An eco-friendly smartphone, the LG Mach has features that can get the attention of even those who are not environmentally conscious, like a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, a sleek body, 4G data, etc. Some of the features are less impressive, however, such as the front-facing VGA camera and the 1700mAh battery.
Did you know some virtual text-entry methods can be faster than a physical keyboard. It may be the case for the SWYPE system, as illustrated by this Youtube video.

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