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Twitter poet hints at Nexus Prime variant with QWERTY

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Twitter poet hints at Nexus Prime variant with QWERTY
A few days ago The Panda King, who apparently has inside ties to Verizon, was exchanging lines of poetry with Tom Fleming and the riddles pointed to a November 3rd launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Prime (aka Nexus Prime). Well, Tom Fleming has come out of the woodwork again with some more poetry that points to a variant of the Nexus Prime that may contain a physical QWERTY keyboard.

The poetry also says that LTE is a "sure bet", that the device will have an HD screen and a dual-core CPU as we expected. It mentions "fancy new widgets" and then in the last line refers to "the one with a keyboard". This seems to point to a variant of the Prime having a QWERTY keyboard, and based on history it's possible that it may be the Sprint variant, given that with all of the Samsung Galaxy S variants, it was only the Sprint version that had a QWERTY keyboard. 

As always, this is just speculation, but Tom does claim to have seen internal documents, so it's certainly possible. We definitely like the idea that one of the options would be a QWERTY keyboard, but that it wouldn't be a standard feature. We may consider QWERTY to be an a pointless legacy technology (especially with gesture keyboards and voice input available,) but we know that some do prefer having a physical keyboard.

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posted on 21 Sep 2011, 19:31

1. Commentator (Posts: 2173; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As long as it doesn't look like the pic PA put up there, I'm in.

Also: first.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 19:36 7

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The pic was a mock up of a possible Nexus 2 back when people expected it to be Motorola made and based on the DROID design. The Prime is Samsung, so it certainly won't look like the picture.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 21:20 1

11. osanilevich (Posts: 228; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


It was also believed to be the motorola shadow which became what is known today as the Droid X

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 19:36

3. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 264; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


ZOIDBERG LIKE NEXUS PRIME!

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 19:38 2

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i know i still prefer my QWERTY.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:09 1

19. cr8tive007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


droid 3 has the best qwerty ever!

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 04:53

21. Firedrops (Posts: 199; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Considering PURELY the qwerty aspects, I think Samsung Epic 4G's was slightly better. But then again, 5-rows = win.
BUT WHY WON'T ANY OF THEM LAUNCH OUTSIDE OF USA/CANADA T_T
*roll roll roll*

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 13:10

26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


nope! everybody knows the Droid 3's is better. i like how Sprint has all the function buttons in their layout though. i wish that useless voice search key on the Droid 3's keyboard was replaced with like a back or menu key.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 07:35

22. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm torn on QWERTY. Few high-end phones have one now (Droid 3 is almost high-end but lacks LTE and is short on RAM) but being a previous enV owner, I've gotten used to it. I've tried typing on the iPhone and my thumbs are just too big, but that's a pretty small screen. I have my eye on the Vigor but I wonder if I'll miss my physical keys.

The Stratosphere looks to improve on the Epic's keyboard, but at heart it's still a Galaxy S. At least we still have options.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 13:12

27. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i admit i kind of wish i had LTE but i fixed the RAM issue with the V6 SuperCharger script. my Droid 3 runs 100% smoothly 95% of the time.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 19:58 3

6. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


I would love to have a Keybaord for playing things like Zenonia 3 and other great games... I dont wanna use the Virtual keys for such great games... it also is better to use a physical Keyboard for passwords and what not... sure the Vkb is great but i just prefer the physical\

*edit* I hope the qwerty version comes out for Vz i would gladly pay for it

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:01 1

7. Commentator (Posts: 2173; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The only reason I would use the physical keyboard for would be games, especially Gameboy, N64, etc. emulators. I type much better on virtual keyboards actually, but having to tap the top-right corner of my screen to do a barrel-roll on my EVO whilst playing Star-Fox is a bit difficult.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:07

8. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Could explain the Samsung AT&T phone we saw earlier that people were upset was the SGII variant for AT&T. If you remember, the phone DID have Android 2.4 loaded on it. It makes sense. So, if this is true, AT&T will be at least getting the QWERTY version of the Prime.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:20

10. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Actually I must have been mixed up, it just had Android 2.3.4. My bad.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:18 4

9. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I would LOVE if it had a QWERTY

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 21:54

12. snowgator (Posts: 3158; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Like Dr. Phil brought up, all I can think of is when the GS2 gossip was flying around and the idea was floated out by an "insider" that AT&T's version of the GS2 was gonna have a keyboard, the Phone Arena world lost their ever-livin'-minds. I got like 5 thumbs down for saying it was a good idea and would sell. (I do think that varient is still a "coming soon" device for the Evil Empire.) Now, this is being recieved much better. Is that because the Verizon crowd responds to keyboards really well, or just because we think the full touch screen version is not endagered?

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 22:14

13. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


urg i was gonna get epic touch but if is really coming to sprint ill get it in a heart beat

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 22:23

14. Droider (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


The dream phone :)

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 22:34

15. Stuntman (Posts: 665; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I won't be in the market for a phone when the Nexus Prime comes out. If it indeed does have a physical keyboard and the next one will also have one, I will definitely consider it when it is time to upgrade my phone.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 23:00

16. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


It's only right that Google releases a Nexus phone that has a keyboard. The Droid had a keyboard, was vanilla Android bloatware aside, was co-developed by Google, and most importantly it was the phone that put Android on the market. There is definitely a market for phones with keyboards hence the Droid 3 being on backorder virtually everywhere; it wouldn't make sense to just leave keyboard lovers out in the cold. Much of the appeal of the Droid was that it had a keyboard...unlike the iPhone.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 23:13 1

17. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


The people that swear by touchscreen-only phones are people who either obsess over the thickness and weight of a phone as if thin and light phones are supermodels, are too blinded/hypnotized by HTC Sense to care about 2.5 hour battery lives due to bigger screens and poor battery management, wannabe tech geeks who have bought a touchscreen-only phone when it came out because it was "sexy" had a bigger screen (0.3") and the bigger geebees and now they want everyone to think slider phones are ***, and ex-iPhone owners who subliminally are still iSheep at heart.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 23:39

18. ltr (unregistered)


A Nexus pro would be nice.

There really hasnt been that many high end phones with keyboards.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:31 1

20. manicsocratic (unregistered)


I would absolutely forget about snagging a Droid Bionic and wait with tingling anticipation if a QWERTY version of the Prime were to be released on Verizon. I'm in the camp that thinks that if the Droid3 were 4G it would be the perfect device.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 09:16

23. Sethdras (Posts: 61; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)


this is the perfect upgrade for me, hopefully on Verizon. I have the OG droid and passed on the bionic to wait for either th HTC Vigor or the Prime. If there is a qwerty Prime coming to verizon, dual core 1.5ghz, LTE, that would be an utterly perfect upgade. My fingers are crossed! been waiting patiently with my last new every two upgrade since July.

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 09:19

24. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


DROID 4 (as in 4G) anyone? (Yeah, too soon after the D3 release. Maybe in another half year.)

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 13:13

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'll probably be sticking to the original Droid line for a long time. xD

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 10:45

25. Gadginator (unregistered)


I personally don't have an issue with phones being a little bulky or heavy, and would love a physical keyboard. I always thought people crying for them were living in the past until I reviewed the HTC Arrive, and fell in love with keyboards.

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