Moto Mod with QWERTY keyboard slider coming soon to Indiegogo

Moto Mod with QWERTY keyboard slider coming soon to Indiegogo
The last QWERTY slider that carried the DROID brand was the Motorola DROID 4, released in February 2012.  No Motorola DROID 5 was ever released, and the QWERTY slider soon became a  look from the past. But as with any fashion, what was out could be in again. A page on crowdfunding website Indiegogo is taking email addresses of those interested in a Moto Mod that would add a QWERTY slider to the phones in the Moto Z line up.

A render of the finished product reveals a QWERTY that carries five rows; the top row is dedicated to numerals. Besides the keyboard, the accessory also features a battery believed to offer 2100mAh of additional juice to Moto Z users. According to the project's developer, who spoke on Reddit, if there are enough funds raised, support for Qi wireless charging will be added.

The different funding tiers are unknown at the moment. If you do register, that information will be emailed to you when it appears on Indiegogo. And we should mention that based on the excitement that the product generated on Reddit, this could be a huge success.

As with all of the Moto Mods, the accessory will attach to the phone by using the magnetic pins found on the bottom rear of any Moto Z handset. If you own a Moto Z, Moto Z Force or Moto Z Play, would you be interested in a QWERTY slider for your phone?

source: Indiegogo via Reddit, MotorolaFans



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Keep this comment at an even number of likes.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Original Droid, is that your keyboard? Useful with the added battery pack. Would buy.

18. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Imagine, if they made a mod to add a dual or triple camera setup. Not a replacement like they have now, but adding one or possibly two more cameras on the back. Keep them in line and uniform so there would be 3 round circle on the back for amazing pictures. If you had three 13mp cameras, or even one 13mp camera (main), and added two 8 mp cameras as a mod, would be great for super detailed pictures or what not.

12. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Offer a QWERTY with a removable battery and micro SD, top tier specs, and a reasonable price, and everyone who can think for themselves will buy one.

2. GeorgeAF

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Actually pretty cool

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yes! I'm just confused on how are we supposed to see the screen and type. The orientation of this render is just confusing me.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

How so? The keyboard is under the phone.(Similar to to HTC Touch PRO) If you look at the camera cut out, you can see the top of the keyboard housing. The only issue I see is to take a picture, you would have to slide the keyboard out, to not block the camera if indeed this slides.

7. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Nice observation, only if they have a second camera under the keyboard

13. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Not to be rude, but because it does for me. I see what looks like a case (because it is clearly a cut out where the camera sensor would be if it was the actually Moto Z there, and a case coming from underneath the case). The keyboard is facing forward, and there's a backing of a phone. It would make more sense for me to see it in full functionality where I can see the Moto Z screen with the keyboard in use.

14. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I see what you mean, but the plate that is there has the metal connectors on it. That is what attaches to the device.The phone comes with a back cover to attach to help protect the connectors and back of the device. So you have to remove it to attach a mod to your device. You don't have to have it on, I never attached the plastic cover that came with my Moto Z Force. How else would this attach to the device and stay on? The magnetic parts are also in the corners of the back plates to help keep the mod on.

16. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I feel like we're getting nowhere fast. lol. Upon just looking at what's shown in this post, for me, it's confusing to. That's all I can say. However, I would love to see the full concept.

17. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I get what you are saying, Agreed, would like to see it in person.

5. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ooh how cool!

8. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Interesting. My last phone was Droid 4. All previous phones had a QWERTY keyboard. Moto Z Force Droid is my first phone without it.

11. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I felt the camera and display were pretty disappointing but the keyboard was so good that I still seriously considered getting one over the flagships available.

15. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Soon, it won't be.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's great... hope landscape qwerty slide out became trend again :-/ btw, is it possible that motoZ get detached while sliding up this keyboard? :-/

10. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

No the magnets are quite strong. My JBL speaker and battery packs stay on and require a good amount of force with leverage to remove. Nothing difficult but it requires conscious effort and kore than what is required for the standard slide out keyboard. The camera module also aids in holding it in place.

19. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Remember the rumors of a Droid 5 that never materialised? As much as I loved the Moto qwerty Droid/Milestone range phones and I really doubt Motorola has plans to release another. A Moto Z with a 5.5 inch screen + keyboard = good work phone like Blackberry

20. Droidude

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 04, 2010

I already paid $60 for mine! Lets hope they're able to raise the funds! I've always missed hardware keyboards. I could type very quickly and far more accurately on a real keyboard.

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