Dan Hesse, the CEO of Sprint, just unveiled a new QWERTY packing smartphone to a crowd in Germany called the Droid 5. Never mind that IFA is a conference focused on Europe, let’s focus on the fact that Verizon owns the Droid brand, so … what exactly is going on here?
Details are incredibly light at the moment, so there’s no word on specs and screen sizes, but at least we have a clear shot of the five row hardware keyboard that slides out of the side of the device. Is this form factor ever going to come back into the mainstream? No, but there are still a few people out there who swear that they’ll never buy a phone that doesn’t have any buttons.
Why is Motorola even making this thing? Contracts. This phone was probably planned well over a year in advance, Motorola signed a legal document saying they’d make it, and despite the fact that Google now owns them, Motorola still has to fulfill their commitments to operators. Besides, do you really think Google wants to upset the operators by telling them no, you can’t have the Motorola phone you custom ordered a year ago?
Will this thing be sold outside the USA? Nope, which is exactly why it was announced in Germany.