The trend has shifted from feature phones that come with function-specific designs to smartphones that have become the Swiss Army knives of personal computing. Also, it goes without saying that there’s still the need for simple, straightforward devices that serve a certain purpose. However, the latest handset from a Chinese handset manufacturer seems to be an amalgamation of feature phones and smartphones as a new Windows 10 Mobile arrives that’s complete with a T9 keypad.
The images first surfaced on Chinese microblogging website Weibo. Keyever, a Chinese original equipment manufacturer, has a new design for a smartphone that comes with a candybar form factor. It’s quite an odd mix, too. It runs on Microsoft’s Window 10 Mobile which should deliver your personal computing needs while also offering a tactile feel when typing.
As far as the specifications go, the handset in question looks like it belong to the entry-level category. It’s equipped with a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960. Reports suggest that the handset will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset in the 600-series. It’s also packing in a 3,000 mAh battery rating which should be lengthy enough given its screen size and resolution. The camera sensor at the back seems to still be in progress. The images show that the camera at the back is being blurred out.
However, while the rendered images showcase the handset’s T9 keyboard, further reports suggest that its engineers are still undecided about it. It could see another variation that features a full QWERTY keyboard, too.
The handset is planned to be launched later this year in the third quarter. It could also sport a price tag of AU$204 (US$155). There haven’t been any Windows 10 Mobile handsets that feature a physical keyboard, so Keyever’s purported device could be the very first one.