Looks like this weekend just got a lot better for lovers of the physical keyboard. A new image shared by @evleaks has revealed the existence of the LG Optimus F3Q, an unannounced Android device that sports a five-row landscape-sliding keyboard. Along with its hardware QWERTY, the leaked render shows that the F3Q includes 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, a custom LG user interface and a set of Android navigation buttons that appear to be of the capacitive persuasion.
The physical keyboard has become an endangered species in the smartphone world as more and more manufacturers opt instead to equip their devices with big displays that can make typing on a virtual keyboard an easier task. These bigger screens also allow for improved multimedia experiences and a thinner overall device. We do still occasionally see a handset with a hardware QWERTY make its way to shelves to satisfy the appetites of those folks that can’t give up their keyboard addiction, though, and the Optimus F3Q looks like the next device that’ll fill that role.
The spec details of the Optimus F3Q are up in the air for now, but unfortunately for fans of the ‘board that also happen to love high-end specs, the Optimus F3Q doesn’t exactly scream “bleeding edge.” Considering that and the fact that the original Optimus F3 hit T-Mobile earlier this year as a fairly entry-level device, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Optimus F3Q fit into that same category. Can’t win ‘em all, I suppose.