Going completely touch based.
HTC is famous not only for their different variations of Android phones and innovative UI, but also some of the best physical QWERTY keyboards in the smartphone industry. It’s sad then, that HTC officially said that moving forward they have no more plans to make phones with QWERTY keyboards.
Talking to Pocket-lint during the Frequencies event in Seattle, HTC designers “spoke candidly about moving away from phones with physical keyboards, with emphasis very much being on touchscreens.”
Whether it’s the overall move towards purely touchscreen phones and improving the onscreen keyboard, or the lack of sales of QWERTY smartphones, especially pushed by the underperforming HTC ChaCha released last year, this move doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
Whether ChaCha remains their last QWERTY smartphone, or whether there’s still one last model in the pipeline, HTC looks determined to stay away from this potentially loss making niche.