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2014+ 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 LG Optimus F3Q



Latest Slide-out Model: The LG Optimus F3Q

(The LG Optimus F3Q is currently the latest Android QWERTY keyboard smartphone.)

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...
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.
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* 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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