Twitter poet hints at Nexus Prime variant with QWERTY

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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27 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2731; Member since: May 26, 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.

11. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

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

3. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

ZOIDBERG LIKE NEXUS PRIME!

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i know i still prefer my QWERTY.

19. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

droid 3 has the best qwerty ever!

21. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 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*

26. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

27. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

6. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 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

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2206; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2206; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

9. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I would LOVE if it had a QWERTY

12. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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?

13. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

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

14. Droider

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

The dream phone :)

15. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

16. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 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.

17. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 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.

18. ltr unregistered

A Nexus pro would be nice. There really hasnt been that many high end phones with keyboards.

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.

23. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

28. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

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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