Jan 25 AT 2:34 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Motorola MOTOSPLIT competes for whackiest Android phone

In a sea of Android phones that all look alike and feature the same specs, it has been refreshing to see Motorola shake things up with some innovative form factors. First we got the Backflip (see hands on video) which featured a reverse flip keyboard and now we have the MOTOSPLIT.

Engadget just posted the first render and details of the Motorola MOTOSPLIT which features a split qwerty keyboard. The device is said to be powered by the Snapdragon platform and it headed to AT&T in Q3 2010.

A lot of these prototypes never see the light of day, but everything sounds credible so far. We know AT&T is ready to support Android and has at least five Android phones planned. One of those phones is the Backflip so it makes sense Motorola would continue their relationship with the carrier and launch another device later this year. We also know that Motorola plans to launch between 20-30 Android devices in 2010.

Motorola has yet to launch a Snapdragon-powered Android phone, but we have seen hints in the CLIQ source code that lead us to believe they have been working with Snapdragon for awhile.

As cool as the split keyboard design is, this is not the first time a handset maker has done this. Some of you may remember the Nokia E70 which featured a similar layout.

The Nokia E70 featured a similar split keyboard.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website rob

    I had one of the older models of nokia e70. was an amazing form factor, small and very usable with a full qwerty

  • http://Website carig

    ha motorola I think wants to start the next big trend in hardware design like it did with the razr, so they are just trying all these out-there designs until one catches on, this phone is pretty cool though

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net/ nEx.Software

    Hang on… I’ve want to write a quick text message. Got a table?

    • http://Website Mike

      nEx… You hold it in your hand…

      • http://www.nexsoftware.net/ nEx.Software

        Yes, because that totally looks like it would be comfortable to hold in your hand and type.

      • http://www.strazzere.com/blog strazzere

        I think you mean hands — no more one handed typing.

        I guess that means our roads will be safer, people driving with their knees instead now…

        • http://www.2030.tk rac

          Sometimes this could be safer ;-)
          I dont like one handed typing so I could give it a try when it comes out or better said if it comes out…

  • http://www.thisiscourtney.com Courtney

    I don’t understand Motorola’s love affair with flat keyboards. Typing on keys that aren’t raised at all is such a pain.

    • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

      “Because it’s just like the iPhone keyboard, except physical! That’s what you guys want, right?”

  • http://beefjack.com npkimmey

    I had this idea a little while ago, but I thought it was too far-fetched. Never imagined it was already real.

  • http://Website Telemaniaka

    I would buy it if its a Nexus-class and Google Experience device. It will take some getting used to but I can see where it would be more practical (games XD)

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