The new kind of HTC Slider

HTC has long been partial to a smartphone slider form factor.

It’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard Windows Mobile smartphones like HTC S730 or HTC TyTN II are among the most popular in a category.

HTC was also first to expand the possibilities of it’s full touchscreen handset (Touch) with slider keypad in HTC Touch Dual, an idea now borrowed by Alltell LG Glimmer.

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?

Here’s how:

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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.

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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.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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    Awesome, now throw in a touchscreen and skyfire browser.

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