LG EnactIt's been almost a year since we've seen a high-profile Android-powered QWERTY slider launch on a U.S. carrier, but it seems LG and Verizon might attempt to revive the form factor. According to Twitter leaker @evleaks, the "LG Enact," pictured on the right, is just "days away" from launch, and it'll pack a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera.

As such, we're not looking at a high-end slider to succeed the Droid 4, more a budget slider for those on Verizon's 4G network that'll probably go for under $100 on-contract.

Any takers?

Source: @evleaks

 
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Hmmm, let me think for a sec... NO!

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Not everyone needs/wants a high end device. This will sell well just like the LG Ally did a few years ago.

Biggnaa20 says:

I know plenty of folk who are waiting and hoping for a keyboard. I'm going to send this to the ones still on Big Red.

Fair enough!

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nikon120 says:

Holding on to my Epic 4G solely due to the keyboard.

Robbzilla says:

You DO realize that Sprint offers the Photon Q, no? It's quite a bit more phone than the Epic 4G. (I had the Epic 4G, and liked it other than the battery life, BTW)

Hiberny says:

I know a lot of people who been waiting for keyboard slider. I have a friend in IT who would kill for an S4 on Verizon with a keyboard.

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TheBlueF0x says:

Welcome to 2010.

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Drat! My wife has been looking for a replacement phone for her Droid 4. I really thought this could be it (seeing as Motorola has dropped the ball on providing a physical keyboard) but I have a bad feeling about the specs.

Devlyn16 says:

My wife is in the same boat. I'm considering a S3 or S4 with one of the bluetooth keyboard cases, but she is leery of additonal radio waves bouncing about here body.

jackwagon06 says:

Palm pre mega/max

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NovaSS369 says:

The LG Lucid Slider

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bigdav1178 says:

While I'm not anticipating exciting specs (probably will not be my Droid 4 replacement), I am glad to see a new phone with the qwerty finally being released; it means the form-factor is not completely dead. Now if we could just get an S4 or HTC One or even a Droid Ultra to be released with a qwerty variation, I'd be happy, and would finally retire the Droid 4.

Maybe I'll be surprised, and this will have better specs than I expect, but that 5MP camera really makes me doubt it.

DavidiusD says:

Indeed, indeed - I quite agree.

Why must everyone be so negative about the qwerty? Back when they were more prevalent people said that they were on the way out because they were simply too large, and other phones like the incredible and iphone fit more easily into their pocket... Fast forward to present time, and many phones are just as large as an qwerty has been, if not as thick. Now the argument is "it's a thing of the past." However, I posit the question: is it really a thing of the past? Have your hands evolved into something else over the course of a few decades, or are they still appendages based on physical input?

The fact of the matter is, fingers are fingers, and are thus tuned to TACTILE input. In fact, the word tactile is from the verb Latin verb tango, tangere, tetigi, tactum - thus we get our adjective from the perfect passive participle of the Latin verb of touching. Digital keyboards require hand-eye coordination at all times, you'd be hard pressed to text a message completely blind, but that is not so difficult with a physical keyboard.

While it is true that QWERTY was never designed to be optimized as a mobile keyboard format, the fact that it works so well and has been used so readily is a testament to its viability. There is a market for QWERTY out there, it is just waiting for the right company to take advantage of it. The low-budget iterations are popular because the company doesn't have to market them at all, and people will still buy it because there is little competition, and consumers will settle. However, if one large company were to risk a high-end model with a keyboard, I think they'd be surprised, particularly if they could make the keyboard attractive looking and in line with the spiritual nature of the phone itself. If Samsung can market and develop a flip phone (welcome back to 1995), then a QWERTY shouldn't be much of a push. They could market it as an enterprise phone for businessmen/women on the go - powerful and sleek, like a black suit and a velvety red tie.

My guess is that, sooner or later, a company such as tactus will stream-line the process whereby they can make raised buttons on the digital screen when a keyboard is opened. At present such an interface has drawbacks, since you're placing a fluid and two plastic films atop a screen. Indeed, there is little way to avoid a loss of resolution with such a model. However, the need for tactile response on the keyboard is essential.

I for one have stuck to my Samsung atmosphere. I had originally attempted to bite the bullet with one of the original galaxys a few years back, but I ended up selling it and buying the atmosphere out of contract, and I have been much happier despite the lost performance. I can't tell you how many times I'm out to dinner or in a setting where everyone is texting, and I can only have conversations with people who also have qwertys, since it is easy to text quickly without your eyes on the phone. Simply put, texting doesn't require your absolute and undivided attention for 20 seconds if you have a physical keyboard... Perhaps this statement isn't universally true, but if you're a solid typist, then your skills transfer seamlessly to the qwerty phone.

In a world where we micro-manage our time and strive for convenience, I am quite surprised that physical keyboards have become the providence of a few manufacturers. I for one dislike blackberrys because I don't have the hand of a chipmunk and can't press the impressively tiny keys, but they apparently still have a niche and that's fantastic for business.

People love something new, and what was once old-fashion has subtle ways of appearing again as a "new" hip trend. It as if products experience some sort of frequency-dependent selection.

quailallstar says:

Damn well stated :-)

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This replaces the Stratosphere 2 once that end of life's

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Ry says:

Please call it the enV slide.

Let me guess, it will only be available on a smartphone plan... I don't know why no-one seems to offer smart phones without needing a data plan.

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jhhoffma says:

Because they don't make enough on a non-data plan to cover the subsidy on a smart phone...

Don't want data...don't get a data phone. Want a smart device without a data plan, get an iPod touch or a tablet.

I don't want a smartphone subsidy. I want to pay full price for a smartphone, and then not have a data plan. I am almost never away from a WiFi network, so I don't need data. I am getting sick and tired of the pitiful phones Verizon offers on basic contracts. Why can't I pay full price for a smartphone and then be on a non data contract is my question.

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jwyche007 says:

You're on Verizon; sorry but you're just going to have to deal with it. When you go with a cell phone company you have to make trade offs:

- Want a company that has great service but not many high end phones and will do everything they possibly to squeeze every cent out of you as if you're some kind of human orange thing? Go to Verizon.

- Want a company that is constantly challenging the industry standards and will give you the best over all deal among all the big four but also has a smaller network than the top two? T-Mobile

#HOLOYOLO

I can't help but be on Verizon. It is not my fault that the only service for miles around where I live is Verizon. I would gladly jump over to T-Mobile, but there is no point in buying a T-Mobile phone if I never have service area for it.

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the1m.polo says:

So why are you ashamed they have the best service. Because they offer b.s phones to those who want a b.s phone... Every carrier does

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the1m.polo says:

My bad i gotcha... Yea they need to bring back the ability to block data... Like they use to have years back....

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pseudoelf says:

A co-worker of mine just got a smart phone on the 300MB data plan. Maybe that would help? They didn't list it in the marketing but I guess they can add it if the customer insists.

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Ry says:

A smartphone without a data plan is not a smartphone. Get a flip phone and a Nexus 7, since you seem to be around Wi-Fi all the time.

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weirdroid says:

Dude, if you don't need mobile data, maybe you don't even need a carrier. Use Google Voice or Skype or something and you can call & text on WiFi. I've got it worked out where Google Voice is my cell phone number and I can use an app (GrooVe IP) to make and receive calls and another app (Google Voice) for texting, voicemail and more. If I didn't need to use my phone as a modem all day from my office I would seriously consider doing without the carrier. Then you can buy any device you like, maybe even just use your Nexus 7 instead of a phone...

rap1 says:

+1 I would be perfectly happy with just using wifi. Phone manufacturers also need to provide sliders for the older crowd that wants to text but not a smartphone.

Ry says:

Did they stop making dumbphones with QWERTY keyboards?

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the1m.polo says:

I hate cheap androids... I wish they'd call em something else... Like GEDphones (no offense if you have a GED)

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I don't hate them, but they are what give Androids a bad name. Flagship phones are nicer, but affordable phones for people who can't afford more expensive ones, is why Android has such an enormous market.

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John Furster says:

With such low specs this phone should be free or at most $50 on contract.

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First a flip phone and now a slider.

ksu1971 says:

Leave it to a company that takes 6 months to release a flagship device to fast track a phone with a slide out keyboard.

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