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. BlackBerry finally comes out of the wood and has the 2015 PRIV merge their signature elements with the popular Android ecosystem (v5.1.1 preloaded)...
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? The LG Optimus F3Q promises speedy typing with its QWERTY keyboard that enables the Write & Share function (allows access to the messaging screen even without launching an app) when slid down...
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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). Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users)...

Thickness:15.7 mm / Weight:5.99 oz.
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.

Thickness:12.192 mm / Weight:5.92 oz.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

Obviously targeted at business people, we like that the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II includes enterprise-class specifications, like advanced security, S Beam file sharing technology, and a full keyboard. On the other hand, its entertainment features are just average, like its 5-megapixel camera and 4-inch display.

Thickness:13.462 mm / Weight:5.43 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Obviously a business-class smartphone, the Relay includes various security and productivity features: A five-row keyboard, 4G Internet connection, data encryption, and VPN. The battery, however, is 1800mAh, and we think it could have been bigger.

Thickness:13.462 mm / Weight:5.29 oz.
The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

The Photon Q 4G LTE looks impressive on paper with many notable features, like a 1500Mhz dual-core processor, a QWERTY keyboard, government-grade encryption, and 4G LTE. That said, we would have preferred slightly bigger cameras than only 8 megapixels (main) and 1.3 megapixels (secondary).

Thickness:13.7 mm / Weight:6 oz.
The Pantech Marauder

Pantech Marauder

The Marauder is claimed to be easy-to-use, but doesn�t seem too neglected under the hood (a 1200Mhz dual-core CPU, a 1GB RAM, and 4G LTE). However, at 6.1 ounce, it might be a bit heavier compared to other smartphones.

Thickness:11.684 mm / Weight:6.1 oz.
The Huawei myTouch Q

Huawei myTouch Q

This member of the myTouch series might not be awe-inspiring, but it does sport fairly interesting features, such as a 4-inch display and a sliding QWERTY, which is a nice value-added feature for those who prefer a physical keyboard. It is more than half-inch thick, though and somewhat heavy at 6.5oz.

Thickness:14.224 mm / Weight:6.52 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy Appeal

Samsung Galaxy Appeal

While the Galaxy Appeal offers great flexibility between a physical QWERTY keyboard and a full touch 3.2-inch display, other features of the phone are rather average and somewhat unimpressive (an 800MHz chip, a 3-megapixel camera, and a 1300mAh battery).

Thickness:14.224 mm / Weight:4.3 oz.
The Motorola Droid 4

Motorola Droid 4

A business smartphone that offers a PC-like, edge-lit QWERTY keyboard, 4G capability, a 1200Mhz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera.

Thickness:12.9 mm / Weight:6.31 oz.
The Kyocera Rise

Kyocera Rise

An Android texting smartphone with a slide-out keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

Thickness:14.3 mm / Weight:5.54 oz.
The Samsung Captivate Glide

Samsung Captivate Glide

Obviously made for professionals and business people, this Android smartphone includes a 1000Mhz dual-core processor, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, 4G high-speed data, Exchange ActiveSync, VPN support, Quickoffice, and memory and SD card encryption...
The T-Mobile myTouch Q

T-Mobile myTouch Q

The T-Mobile myTouch Q by LG features a smaller touch display (3.1-inch) compared to the 3.8-inch screen of the T-Mobile myTouch...

Thickness:12.954 mm / Weight:5.64 oz.
The Samsung Transfix

Samsung Transfix

A budget texting Android smartphone including a full keyboard, a preinstalled 2GB MicroSD card (supports up to 32GB), an 800MHz processor, and a 3.5-megapixel camera...

Thickness:14.732 mm / Weight:4.4 oz.
The Samsung Stratosphere

Samsung Stratosphere

The first 4G LTE Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard for Verizon specializes in enterprise features, including Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, VPN, encryption services, support for Cisco�s 2B-enabled connectivity services, and Quickoffice...

Thickness:13.97 mm / Weight:5.8 oz.
The Samsung Transform Ultra

Samsung Transform Ultra

The Transform Ultra is a mid-range texting and web-browsing Android smartphone sporting a 1000Mhz processor, a sliding full keyboard, and two cameras (3-megapixel main and VGA front-facing)...

Thickness:13.97 mm / Weight:4.9 oz.
The LG Enlighten

LG Enlighten

Made for mobile Internet surfing and productivity, the LG Enlighten sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with large keys, an 800MHz processor, and a 1500mAh battery that is reported to power the phone for up to six hour...

Thickness:14.732 mm / Weight:5.54 oz.
The Kyocera Milano

Kyocera Milano

Here is a compact entry-level Android smartphone with an ergonomic body, a sliding full keyboard, and Eco Mode, a power-saving app...

Thickness:17.1 mm / Weight:5.6 oz.
The Sharp FX Plus

Sharp FX Plus

The FX Plus is the QWERTY Android smartphone sequel to the Sharp FX feature phone...

Thickness:13.9 mm / Weight:5.29 oz.

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