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.