LG’s F series of smartphones have always been aimed at the mid-range market, like the F3. Still, while the G2’s, Galaxy S 4’s, and HTC One’s get all of the attention, the mid-range market isn’t to be ignored. Now it looks like LG is back with a F3 variant sporting a rare feature in the smartphone world: a QWERTY keyboard.
The photo above was outed by none other than @evleaks, the most consistent and dead-on leaker we’ve seen in a long time. The LG F3Q is said to rock a 4 inch IPS display,1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 5 megapixel camera, 2,460 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2.
LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile USA (final design): 1.2GHz x 2, 4″ WVGA, 5MP, 2460mAh, LTE, JB 4.1.2 pic.twitter.com/oLRGsdMNvj
— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 16, 2014
We’re definitely glad to see that LG is bringing a smartphone with a physical keyboard back into the market. While most have adjusted well to on-screen keyboards, the a dedicated number row gives me a tingly sensation in my nether regions. It’s just too bad that said keyboard will be found on a mid-range device, but we’re not surprised. Given how large displays are getting on smartphones today, tacking on a physical keyboard would add a significant amount of heft to the device, but I’d be lying if I said the idea of a smaller LG G Flex with a physical keyboard didn’t sound awesome.
No specific time frame as to when we’ll see this device land on T-Mobile, but it can’t be too long now.