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Motorola DROID 5 with hardware QWERTY, 4.3" 720p screen leaks

10 September, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Motorola DROID 5 with hardware QWERTY, 4.3QWERTY-packing smartphones may be in for a bit of a revival as photos of the Motorola DROID 5 leaked along with some specs. In the photos, the DROID 5 is next to the Motorola Photon Q and the leaked specs make it out to be a small upgrade over the old phone. The screen of the DROID 5 is clearly...


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Seems like a descent phone for me. Everything just fine. Hope the price will follow this rule.
And those qwerty keyboards we see less today are good for many things including professional gaming. I miss them on many phones.

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  • 2013-09-11 07:40
  • gy4K

aw yiss! but not on my countrY? I've been waiting for a high-end android phone with keyboard on my country now and I hope motorola will grant that... for the meantime i am resorting to blackberry curve for my text and call (yes, apps sucked a$$). will be willing to trade my iphone5 for this

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  • 2013-09-11 04:52
  • N5cY

> In reply to Guest @ 2013-09-10 17:12 from RxXs - click to readFair enough. This would be the biggest screen on a QWERTY yet though.

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  • 2013-09-11 03:52
  • Fv4$

ooh yes Moto baby. Now don't spoil this whole thing on me and be a good girl and RELEASE IT IN EUROPE!!!

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  • 2013-09-11 02:20
  • nG8b

Wow! This is fantastic.
I hope this is released worldwide.

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  • 2013-09-11 00:40
  • Fv4$

That motorola droid 5 with hardware qwerty keyboard would be my dream phone. I believe that it wont be available in finland. But if they would just include finnish 3g hsdpa 900mhz /2100mhz and gsm 900mhz/1800mhz. Then release it as unlocked. I would enjoy to order myself that phone. I do handle english language quite well so missing finnish language from a smartphone isnt a problem to me.

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  • 2013-09-11 00:31
  • pvNX

Wow. Finally something different. This will be my me next phone most likely if released in UK. Nearly resorted to a q5!

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  • 2013-09-10 22:17
  • HCap

This might not sell. They focus on only one market (US) which is not interested with this kind of device. Expand your market to other countries.

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  • 2013-09-10 21:05
  • K7gU

iPhone users can at least get third party qwerty accessories... there are several of models to choose from. I think there was like one for the Samsung galaxy S3, and there might be one for the S4. But mostly you are out of luck. And Android has poor support for bluetooth keyboards.

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  • 2013-09-10 17:25
  • mhB9

> In reply to JQ @ 2013-09-10 16:42 from ibjR - click to readSure they could do both, but a 4.3"qwerty has more "mass" appeal. Keep in mind that with a hardware qwerty, you will have several of times more screen estate avaible on a 4.3" device than you will on a 5" device with onscreen keyboard, so 4.3" plus hardware keyboard is quite a lot of screen estate.

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  • 2013-09-10 17:22
  • mhB9

Why, why still 4.3 inch screen.. i am always waiting a android slider that have a bigger screen, man..

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  • 2013-09-10 17:12
  • RxXs

> In reply to JQ @ 2013-09-10 16:42 from ibjR - click to readIt's not as easy as you think. It would need to be more expensive and much thicker than the flagship therefore you'd likely need to drain the oceans to find customers for it. constantly improved software keyboards are the reason why hardware keyboards are a thing of the past on smartphones. All this swiping, touchless-controll and voice-operation will pretty much render keyboards useless in the future, and I mean ALL keyboards.

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  • 2013-09-10 17:10
  • 3QdI

Yet another qwerty phone not for outside US.

Nothing new here

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  • 2013-09-10 16:56
  • M5N%

Yeah, this won't reach many countries.

It's a shame that they stopped making flagship phones with QWERTY keyboards. Nokia had a couple of decent phones with them.

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  • 2013-09-10 16:51
  • sXu%

Oops double post

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  • 2013-09-10 16:47
  • TXK1

Why can't just use the recently announce Droid Ultra 5" and put it with a hardware keyboard? Why the need to go backwards with a 4.3" screen?

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  • 2013-09-10 16:42
  • ibjR

Most likely it will be limited to certain markets (read north america), sure, the droid version is carrier banded, but any non carrier branded device will probably not make it to Europe anyway.

And the CPU+GPU is a let down.

I don't think A qwerty is enough to revive the market. What is neede to do that is A GREAT qwerty device. And this is not great.. this is another case of us looking for qwerty having to rely on old hardware. 720p screen at that size it good, though.

I wish some company would dare to launch a really nice line of hardware.
Starting with a line of real mini phones.
about 3 inches. Decent cameras. As small bezels as possible, but not the most slimmed down devices due to battery, camera with autofocus + led.
1 model that is all touch, 1 "pro" model with keyboard, 1 clamshell with numpad and directional controller and a small outer oled touch display for toggles, music control, clock and basic notification feedback, 1 candybar device with numpad and directional keys (and probably higher battery capacity due to the size needed to fit the numpad).
next 4-4.3 inch line, with really good up to date hardware and good cameras. 1 touch device. 1 "pro" device with hardware keyboard.
next 4.8-5.3" display, minimal bezels, active stylus digitizer. 1 touch device. 1 "pro" version.
And then a few phablet/tablets versions from 5.7" up to 8.3, with optional keyboards, all with active styluses digitizers.

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  • 2013-09-10 16:34
  • mhB9

phones with physical buttons are always welcomed. I'm getting tired with those full touch screen phones.

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  • 2013-09-10 16:34
  • 6%8n

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-09-10 16:16 from Mfxa - click to readYour so bias its not even funny. why stop at Samsung alone, why not htc, sony etc. so cant they make qwerty phones also?, and yes htc and sony are riding what u called the "android success boat also".

Your statement is so one sided, smh

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  • 2013-09-10 16:30
  • RcFM

Please make qwerty phones again..... i want it so bad... my hands are too big and not quite friendly with touch phones....

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  • 2013-09-10 16:29
  • Xw$V

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