Engadget caught sight of an FCC filing identifying the Sage for AT&T just a few days ago and now we have a (terrible) photo of this mid-range Moto to go along with it. It is painfully blurry, perhaps the photographer was forced to hurry the shot before Moto’s goons caught up to him, but you can certainly get a basic impression of the device.
The button configuration and form factor bear a strong resemblance to that of the Cliq XT, but they have super-sized the optical trackpad to something closer to the “backpad” found on the oft maligned Backflip.
Details are light on the specs at the moment; beyond the staples of WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and digital compass the only features that are confirmed include a 3.1″ screen of indeterminate resolution (320×480 is probably a good guess), Android 2.1 with a delicious/toxic BLUR coating depending on your personal preference, and finally a full qwerty keyboard.
No word on whether the keyboard is a horizontal slider, portrait slider (like the recently leaked VZW Moto), or a backflipper.
While the varied configurations Motorola is churning out on their low- to mid-range devices may not be enticing to me personally I think that they are interesting and I’m glad to see them not sinking into a RAZR-esque rut with their designs.
The mystery keyboard on the Sage got me wondering what does everyone prefer for their qwerty needs? I know horizontal is certainly the norm, but I’ve seen comments from more than a few portrait slider aficionados and yes even some advocates for the Backflip form factor in past posts. Feel free to go off the board with a keyboard form factor that isn’t currently offered by an Android handset as well. We know Motorola at the very least isn’t afraid to give almost anything a shot so your wish might just be granted.
Update: Sadly all of my fun speculation regarding the keyboard has been spoiled by actual decent pictures of the Sage showing up on Engadget’s doorstep.