A brand new device from the folks at Motorola has leaked this weekend. This device for now doesn’t have many details to go along with it, but the picture shows us enough to certainly be interested. This Motorola QWERTY slider running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich headed for the Now Network could be the next Motorola Photon.
Previous reports suggested Motorola is working on a successor to the original Photon and will call it the PHOTON Q 4G LTE. We originally thought the “Q” could stand for quad-core, but now it could also be for the QWERTY keyboard shown above — or both. That name sure is ugly but the phone looks pretty nice if you ask me. I’m not a fan of hardware keyboards these days, but to have a physical keyboard and on-screen navigation keys both could be a good combination.
The leak shows Motorola’s recent design changes that we’ve also seen in the RAZR HD. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and having only on-screen navigation keys as Google intended. Having a full 5 row QWERTY keyboard means the device is quite wide, most likely confirming a 4.3 or possible 4.5-inch display. The leakster from AC Forums suggests a qHD display but no details were confirmed other that what we see.
At this point I don’t really see a need for a hardware keyboard, but the original Moto DROID was an awesome phone. I’m sure there’s still a few users that want a keyboard however, so we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for more details on this rumored device. What do you guys think? Leave the hardware keyboards to the past?