LG Optimus F3Q press image leaked

BazOCuoCQAEJV-_.png-largeA T-Mobile-bound LG handset has just had its press image leaked by the ever prolific @evleaks. The QWERTY-equipped horizontal slider looks to be an exclusive to the magenta carrier. Details are on the low side. We don’t really know what to expect from the handset in terms of specs, pricing or release date. There are rumors that it could feature a 4-inch display and a 1.2GHz processor, but we can only guess on the rest.

What makes me smile – a little – is that it’s a form factor we don’t often see these days anymore. The horizontal sliding device with full QWERTY died off a couple of years ago. Of course, it’s apt that the phone is on T-Mobile, the original carrier of the first Android phone, the G1 and its sequel, the G2. It’s extremely unlikely that it’s going to be a high-end device.

Via: evleaks

 

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  • fsured

    I’ve owned the G1 and a MT4G Slide. There were certainly times where having that keyboard offered the better experience and easier use than the touch screen. My coworker has only bought smart phones with a keyboard and I know a few others who use them. People still buy this style of device and if they were to release a handset that was above mid-range hardware I would consider it. It’s a shame that only large screened mammoths come with cutting edge screens and cpu’s. Even the “mini” devices of flagships are stripped down in hardware.

    • g2a5b0e

      Not necessarily. The new Droid Mini has the same internals as the the Ultra & Maxx. So did last year’s version, the Droid M. Also, the upcoming mini version of the Xperia Z1 will be on par with other flagships.

      • fsured

        True but the only one officially offered for TMO would be the Xperia version, if they offer it. Samsung and HTC watered down their smaller versions that have been released.

        • g2a5b0e

          I realize that. I was just making the simple point that not all “mini” versions of flagships have inferior internals.

      • Stone Cold

        The Z1 you have to get the Ultra for LTE

  • jj

    Aw sweet. As long as it’s got LTE and Jellybean, looks like I’ve got something to JUMP from my F3 for! I’ve got a Nexus7 FHD for my app/gaming love and an F3 for calls/text communication and tethering. Having a keyboard for my texting would be perfect for me :)

    • David Icke

      It has both.

  • Nick Cannon

    Hope keyboards are making a comeback!

  • David Icke

    It’s definitely a really good midrange phone. It’s low on the internal storage side so make sure to back up your apps to SD. Camera is mediocre at best. Keyboard is kind of spongey but you can get used to it pretty quick. I loved it when I got to test it, it wouldn’t replace my N4 or N5 BUT for what it is – it’s amazingly solid. I support its release.

    • Bklynman

      Either you work for Lg or Tmobile,this phone looks almost the same as My Touch by Lg,how is this phone different from that one,besides screen being a little bigger,Lte chip.Never had that phone,after I read the reviews about about My Touch phones by Lg knew weren’t for me. Thanks.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Wow haven’t seen a keyboard andriod on T-Mo since Mytouch & Sidekick.

  • detbradlee

    Qwerty phones died because manufacturers will only produce low-end crap models. Make one with high-end specs and it will sell like crazy.

  • Chris

    Finally, a 5 row keyboard – reminds me of the G1 days.

  • jRi0T68

    I hope the specs are a notable improvement from the Galaxy Relay 4G, which is a great qwerty phone, but it sounds like might not be except for LTE. My wife has had her Relay since release and dreads the idea of switching to on-screen keyboards.

    As for me, I’ll stick with my Nexus 5, never liked qwerty phones for myself.

    • Stone Cold

      I understand your wife’s view I am in the same boat. I have the Relay also as the only other slider they have was the crappy MyTouch by LG. Hope this is a better phone or Samsung will produce a new Slider.

      • jRi0T68

        Well, if she did switch to a phone without qwerty, it may cut down on the 6000 texts she sends every month, 1/3 or better of which come to me, so I won’t mind either way. :P

        But I do hope that a market for qwerty continues.

        • Stone Cold

          Me too love the physical keyboard

    • Jason Crumbley

      Check phandroid dot com. The specs are lower mid-range.

    • Mark

      Is that Relay still available from TMo?

  • Bklynman

    I know this is off topic,but if anyone is looking to a buy back up phone,or young person 1st smart phone,check out Best Buy,they have the Alcatel One Touch Envole,for sale only $50.00.Yes I know it is lower end phone,only 3g,but for backup
    only $50.00 can’t be beat. If anyone is lookin tok buy SGH Light,I would check out
    HSN,they have great deal on it $149.00 No I did not work for either company,even if
    I did,I would not be making any money if anyone d go out and buy these phones.

  • Kresky

    Right on. If I wanted a QWERTY keyboard. This is the phone I would get, no doubt.

  • just me

    This looks like an Optimus F3 with a keyboard. Why couldn’t it be an Optimus F6 with a keyboard? So cruel :(

    • Bklynman

      Looking at name of the phone,I believe that what it is,it is The F3,with a keybroard.F3 Q,that what Lg did,put a key board on the F3.

  • Vico

    its really nice to see others in the comments enjoying the idea of a new phone with a keyboard. I cant see why anyone would prefer not having one. I have the HTC MyTouch 3g slide for several years now and about to upgrade to the 4g Slide. Yeah both phones are out of date but I cant stand touch screen typing. Ill keep this 4g till this one or another newer model comes around with a keyboard. I really do hope they come back again.

    On a separate note, ever wonder why texting and driving accidents have gone up so much recently? I bet it has something to do with not being able to feel the buttons your typing with on a touch screen only keyboard

    • morbid

      Good point! All my phones for almost the last 10 years have had qwerty keyboards, except for my current phone (SG3). I could touch type with all those phones, but I always have to look at my SG3 when typing. The nokia 6820, nokia 9300i, nokia n900 were my prior phones.. and they were all very pleasing to type on. I cannot see why someone would prefer to tap on glass instead.

  • Rapist on BAIL

    T-Mo should come with a Sidekick HD phone made by Moto or HTC.

    • noelsito

      yes! the Sidekick needs to come back. With Android better than ever, it could be another hit. Moto would be best imo because of the customization they are offering with their phones right now.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      That’s exactly what i’m waiting on but i’ve got all caugh up with the Galaxy Series lol

  • Ray Scott

    But at least 8GB of storage in there (I won’t hold my breath on that one)

  • dude

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, which is like as powerful as a galaxy 2 or 3. I love it. Has a slideout keboard and the phone is powerful. Unfortunately Tmobile no longer sells them. I hope this new phone is powerful, but sounds like it’s going to be another underpowered qwerty phone. I want a powerful or mid-level phone with a slide out keyboard like the Relay. I cannot stand touchscreen typing as it’s way more efficient to use buttons. I dread the day my Relay breaks as I doubt tmobile will have any other satisfactory options. Might have to switch to another carrier if that is the case.

    But yea Tmobile there are lots of us that really want physical keyboards, but we dont want a shitty underpowered phone just to have one. That is pointless. Give us decent phone specs with the keyboard and they will sell!