Jun 27 AT 6:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

T-Mobile tries to charm QWERTY fans with new Motorola phone

Fancy an Android phone with a portrait QWERTY keyboard? New leaked slides indicate T-Mobile is planning to launch a new candy bar style phone called the Motorola Charm that will feature a compact physical keyboard.

No hardware specs were revealed, but the new device will feature Android 2.1 and the latest version of Motorola’s social messaging service, Motoblur. Given that T-Mobile is already offering training courses for the Charm, we expect it will launch this summer (my guess is no later than August).

Even though the Charm might not feature the fastest processor, we expect it will appeal to those coming from Team BlackBerry. We have seen a lot of prototype Android phones with portrait keyboards, but the Charm looks to be the first one to launch in the United States. Expect more details to filter out over the coming weeks.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://Website RayMatthew

    This phone seems cool, but not with the Motoblur Skin on top.
    It would be better to see a lot more phone with portrait keyboard than vertical to win over some BB users.

    I hope that TMO pushes this phone out soon, I think they wanted this phone out before they roll out the OTA for 2.1 for the CLIQ and CLIQ XT. Don’t you think?

  • Queen Laqueefa

    Meh, they lost me at Motoblur.

    • MetalMessiah78

      I think I threw up a little in my mouth when I read it had MotoBlur. #FAIL

  • http://Website Daniel

    That’s not really what I’d call a portrait keyboard. The screen is in landscape, like the HTC Salsa. A portrait keyboard is what the Palm Pixi has (or even the Palm Pré).

    • http://Website joeskie

      Well excuse us mr technical tuesday.

      • http://Website Daniel

        I actually came to this news because I was excited about a “portrait QWERTY keyboard” (the feed has no intro pictures, so I didn’t see it until I opened the page). Is it wrong that I’m disappointed with a misleading description? I’m just trying to help provide a meaningful description of the hardware.

  • http://Website Jason

    Just wanted to say 2 things. Being a ex bb user, it’s actually BlackBerry with both “b”s capitalized. It’s not a big deal, but it’s important to a lot of BlackBerry users.

    Also, unless I get my 2.1 android update for my Cliq in 3 days or less, screw Motorola.

  • http://Website ROb

    You guys, that’s the beauty of Android. There are so many greater launcher apps in the markets it doesn’t really matter. Launcher pro and I’m good to go! Siick keeyboard!! xD

  • http://Website Austin

    This is embarrassing.

    • http://Website Austin

      I’m curious why a photo of me popped up? I don’t have it on my email account or for this site?

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        WordPress uses Gravatar.com. You must have registered your email at some time in the past.

        • http://Website Austin

          Well I deleted my wordpress a good month ago, but I guess oh well, I’ve got a pretty handsome face so I’ll live.

  • http://Website Antonio

    Ok, this is very different from what we’ve seen with Android, but can someone PLEASE tell me, why do so many people hate on MOTOBLUR? I, being a CLIQ owner finds that the MOTOBLUR is part of the reason why we aren’t on 2.1 yet, but I find MOTOBLUR to be VERY handy (syncing with my Facebook and backing up my data on myMotoblur account). What I don’t use, I just keep off my homescreen. Do people not realize you can take widgets off their screens? Sure, all those resources can drain battery, but that’s in just about every Android phone, so I don’t see why this a problem. That’s why we have Task Killers and they really do make a difference, believe it or not. My battery lasts almost a whole day without charging, (continuous messaging and occasional web browsing, but who sits and uses their phone ALL day). I think Motorola’s MOTOBLUR is a great service, never gave me a problem. And ftr, the phone isn’t just for kids if anyone wanted to say that. You can get corporate sync and email, etc. on it just like all other smartphones. The Social Networking features were just a add on.

    Well, that’s my 2 cents..

    • http://Website chad

      motoblur totally sucks, all of the things that blur does can easily be done using apps from the market, therefore, there’s no point of having it. If the cliq didn’t have blur, we would of had 2.1 way back in December or Janruary. Plus, it makes it a lot harder for hackers to creare roms for those that want to root their phones.

  • http://Website JAG

    Looks like a Blackberry, but with a touchscreen.

    A very good phone for people who lives in Social Networks world

  • ayocuz

    Seems like a nice phone for those who like the bb style but this phone is not for me. Since there isn’t many specs on it I’m not gonna hate.I’m just waiting on the evo killer

  • http://Website chad

    This is the ugliest and the stupidest phone that I have ever seen in my entire life. Atleast make the keyboard slide out so then the phone is a lot smaller, and you don’t even need a keyboard anymore now that there’s swype. This is a EPIC FAIL!!!

    I’m anti-motorola for life.

  • http://Website ronabong

    I have notice that every time a new phone comes out that does not have this or that, high-end peps on here give others a hard time commeting on it.

    I welcome every new android device and glad to see that there are verities for every budget.

    In stead of bashing new phone/comments, we should encourage new users to Android, not scare them away.

    This phone might be a good transition for someone new too Android. A good starter phone.

    If any, we should be bashing the the company who want o rule us all = Apple.

  • Mr_Tricorder

    Very classic BlackBerry-esque EXCEPT for the lack of a trackball, which is one of the defining features of the classic blackberry style and bound to be a deal-breaker for fans of this form factor.

    • http://Website Jason

      Thinking in retrospect, a trackball (or trackpad like the newer BlackBerries) would have been nice. On the other hand, I don’t think being without it would be a deal breaker seeing that this is a touch screen device and just as importantly an OS designed for touch input. I do miss the way we could easily select text with the BlackBerry, I’d imagine users would miss this.

  • http://Website Chancy

    Only those rabid teens are going to buy this phone. -_-

  • http://Website aksnoopy

    Looks like a KIN or Rumor wannabe