HTC: no more QWERTY hardware (for now)

HTC: no more QWERTY hardware (for now)“Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

Sorry, that was just the sound of thousands of faithful Desire Z owners jumping off a cliff at the news that HTC has turned its back on hardware with physical QWERTY keyboards, for the time being at least.

Pocket-lint popped along to HTC’s Frequencies event in Seattle recently, where the Taiwanese manufacturer’s design team revealed that it’s very much focused on touchscreens.

As I’ve observed several thousand times before: there’s not a great deal of choice when it comes to QWERTY Android phones. You can almost count ‘em on two hands. Almost. Heck, if it weren't for Motorola...

Part of the problem is that in portrait, the display size inevitably suffers (Ice Cream Sandwich on a 2.8in display, anyone?), while landscape QWERTY sliders can be cumbersome - and we all know how manufacturers are obsessed with slimness.

Amusingly, that means HTC’s last QWERTY Android effort was the ChaCha, a handset Martin James dubbed “the ugliest phone at MWC 2011”.

What do you think, peeps? We’re kinda gutted, actually. It would’ve been nice to see a souped-up HTC Desire Z (a One Z, perhaps?) with Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core processor.

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Pondlife  Apr. 20, 2012 at 14:40

That there are thousands of faithful desire z users rather than millions might be why no more of them are planned

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 20, 2012 at 16:14

Hardware KBs (of the sideways-slideout variety) are totally pointless in these days of such good on-screen KBs.

Pondlife  Apr. 20, 2012 at 16:24

Not so sure they are totally pointless as oskbs do drastically cut down on amount of screen you can view while using them but never been tempted by keyboard sliders nonetheless.

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