The new kind of HTC Slider
HTC has long been partial to a smartphone slider form factor.
Ever wonder what HTC might think of next? Well, I may have some ideas.
Let’s take HTC S730.
How could you make this phone smaller, save on parts by having a single text/number input device and have it as easy to use for different applications in both landscape and portrait modes?
Make the numeric keypad a part of the QWERTY keyboard plate. Have the phone display covering most of QWERTY keyboard, except for the numeric keypad part, in a closed mode.
To open into a text/mesaging QWERTY landscape mode, just slide the screen diagonally across the keyboard plate and fix the display in the top/middle of it.
Voila. You still have all the benefits of the S730 smartphone, the same display size, but in a smaller package.
Of course, no such HTC handset exist yet, as far as I know. The drawings above are our Photoshop renderings.
However, they are not just my imagination, and are based on a recent patent filing by HTC, called “Handheld electronic device” , describing just such a handset.
And from the looks of, it ain’t that hard to implement, so we might be seeing something along these lines in the near future.