Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Nov 2015 00:49 UTC

I've dropped the codename "Vienna" before on our weekly podcast and in the forums, but these renders are the first real look we've had at the design. Vienna ditches the Priv's slider in favor of the iconic BlackBerry layout, with a front-facing physical keyboard that is always present. The keyboard looks to be of the same size and design as that of the Priv's, but it's hard to tell simply based off of the renders alone.

They're really going all-in on building Android devices with physical keyboards, and you know what? In this mobile landscape of boring sameness and nothingness, these devices are a huge breath of fresh air.

Successful or no, good work. Now all we need is a horizontal slider!

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RE[2]: Comment by joekiser
by Naomi on Tue 17th Nov 2015 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by joekiser"
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At this moment the only thing it is really good for would be texting

Or anything else involving writing. The screen size isn't given, but presumably it's big enough to where you can read what you're writing in portrait mode. In the last few months I've written over 20,000 words on my iPhone 6+ in portrait. I can't imagine trying to type out anything significant in landscape. My thumbs aren't nearly long enough for that to be quick or comfortable. In any case, the more spaced out the keys are, the longer it's going to take for your thumbs to reach. In portrait, 60wpm is not so hard, either with an old school blackberry or with a good software keyboard.

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