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The Return of QWERTY: Motorola Droid 5 Leaked

The QWERTY keyboard is not dead yet. Newly leaked pictures of an upcoming Motorola handset – the Droid 5, indicate a slider QWERTY keyboard for those who still long for one.


Images leaked on a Chinese social network named Weibo showcase Motorola’s latest phone – the Droid 5 – that should be heading to Verizon in the near future. The handset has a slider landscape Qwerty keyboard, much like its predecessor Droid 4. However, unlike the Droid 4, this one doesn’t seem to be having the capacitive buttons.

Physical Qwerty-keyboard smartphones are slowly heading towards extinction. Almost no manufacturer offers a decent device with a physical keyboard anymore. For many consumers, Blackberry has been the last resort simply because they cannot do with touchscreen keyboard.

Droid 5 Expected Specifications

The screen on the device seems to be either 4.3 inches or 4.5 inches in size. Like some of the other devices from Motorola, the Droid 5 too will be water and dust resistant.  Additionally, the handset will also feature NFC support and wireless charging.

It is likely that the Droid 5 will run on the company’s new X8 dual-core processor, which also powers some of Motorola’s other devices. The camera is rumored to be a 10 megapixel shooter.

Motorola has been in the news recently mostly for the Motorola X – the first ‘Made in USA’ phone. The Motorola X has been built under supervision from Google, Motorola’s parent company, with more focus on user experience than high-end specifications. The 4.7 inch phone is powered by a 1.7 Ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, along with 2 GB of RAM. Other features on the Motorola X include an always-active voice feature, allowing users to ‘talk’ to the phone using Google Now without pressing any buttons; a new notification system; and a new way to quickly turn on the phone’s camera. The Motorola X will be available on Verizon next week.

Droid 5 Availablity

As for the Droid 5, there’s no information on release, pricing and availability right now. All we can say for certain is that the device is headed for Verizon. For now, this is good news for those who prefer Qwerty keyboards. Will you buy the Droid 5?