HTC saying goodbye to QWERTY keyboards

April 20th, 2012

Following soon after the news that HTC believe a phone’s thinness takes priority over its battery life, the Taiwanese phone giant have made another potentially controversial revelation. This time it’s about physical QWERTY keyboards on phones which, according to HTC creative director Claude Zellweger, are on their way out.

Speaking at a Press Event, Zellweger said that ‘as a company, the QWERTY keyboard we’re moving away from in general.’ She stressed that HTC wanted to focus more on haptic-based technologies that would improve upon current on-screen keyboards, adding that ‘we feel that putting too much effort into [QWERTY]… would take away from our devices.’

HTC have developed a decent little reputation for their smartphones which fused touchscreens with physical keyboards. Handsets such as the HTC Touch Pro 2 and the the Desire Z have always provided an alternative for those who like like a bit of good old-fashioned analog typing. That being said, we do seem to be moving towards a touchscreen world, so is it the right time to say goodbye to our trusty QWERTY keyboards?

[Source: Mobileburn]