Slide phones (also called slider phones), present practically the same advantages as flip phones but are slightly easier to open with just one hand. Many slide phones use the extra space provided by the hidden keyboard to offer large displays and even touch-screens.
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). Even though it sports a familiar bar-type facade with its 5.4-inch QHD dual-arced-edge display (Gorilla Glass 4), it manages to integrate a slide-out QWERTY keyboard into the design -- a touch-sensitive one! In addition, the PRIV comes with DTEK, a privacy-oriented toolkit developed by BlackBerry specifically for Android. It also rocks an 18-megapixel camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 4K video capacity. In charge of the processing is an hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor (3GB RAM) and a 3410mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery.
Kyocera's Contact combines the classic candybar facade (a 2.4-inch screen atop an alphanumeric keypad) with a slide-out QWERTY form factor, probably to target users who still prefer to type text on a physical keyboard. Its low-level specs also include a BMP 1.0.4 operating system, a QSC 6155 chipset, and a 2-megapixel camera. It offers a 512MB internal memory matched by a 256MB RAM. The Contact's battery is rated at 1100mAh, scoring a 6.3-hour talk time and a 261-hour maximum standby time.
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