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F(x) Technology is working on 6-inch handset with a slide-out keyboard design

Slide-out keyboard Android Pie handset layout (Source: F(x) Technology)
Slide-out keyboard Android Pie handset layout (Source: F(x) Technology)
What started one year ago as a (now canceled) slide-out keyboard mod for the Moto Z lineup turned into a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard that is expected to hit the market in Q1 2019. The Android Pie-driven F(x) handset will come with curved sides and a 6-inch AMOLED display, but the other specs are not public yet.
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Back at CES 2018, Motorola unveiled a few very interesting mods for the Moto Z lineup. One of these accessories was the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod, a keyboard mod that attaches to the back of the handset and provides the full range of features usually delivered by a QWERTY physical keyboard. That mod never made it beyond the prototype stage, so its makers simply decided to turn it into a new phone instead.

Livermorium is now known as F(x) Technology and the "high-end, landscape slider smartphone" that seems to be called RealFx, Real F(x) or something along these lines is supposed to hit the market by the end of Q1 2019. Unfortunately, not much is known about the handset yet, so it would not be surprising to see it delayed once again since it was first supposed to hit the market in the final months of last year.

The upcoming F(x) Technology handset will run Android Pie and will have a slide-out keyboard, most likely identical to the one shown last year at CES as a mod for the Moto Z series. The keyboard is backlit and features Ctrl, Shift, and Fn keys on both sides for an improved typing experience in landscape mode. The only technical detail confirmed so far is the 6-inch AMOLED display with a 2:1 ratio. As for the processor, memory, and storage, we can expect at least premium mid-range specs, but it seems that nothing is set in stone yet.

Finally, it is also worth mentioning that F(x) Technology promises support for "other independent, community-driven OSes beyond Android," so those missing the legendary Nokia Communicator might be able to get a new piece of similar hardware and a degree of freedom in the software department that not many devices can provide nowadays.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01-21 (Update: 2019-01-21)