Are we seeing the return of the physical keyboard for tablets in a different form? A patent filed by Lenovo shows a physical keyboard unlike the docks that are available for prominent iPads and the Asus Eee Transformer Prime. A patent application discovered by the folks over at PatentBolt shows Lenovo going into details about a set of hand grips that can be clamped to a tablet to add a physical keyboard. Apparently, you can still use it to enter text while holding the tablet in your hands. The queer thing here is that the QWERTY keyboard is split in half and divided between both the clamps.
In addition to laying them flat on a table and using them like a regular Bluetooth keyboard, the diagrams show that the majority of characters on the clamp are on the underside of the clamp so you would not be able to see the keys as you type. Of course that will definitely need some getting used to but nothing will stop users from flipping them upside down; laying them flat on the table and going nuts. As always with patent filings, it might never see the light of day but it doesn’t stop this from being an interesting take on physical keyboards and the role they might play in future Lenovo tablets.
LG Works On Nuclun 2 Chipset
LG has been rather quiet about developing its very own mobile chipset design for some time already, where the first Nuclun SoC will soon be followed up by – surprise, surprise, the Nuclun 2. This is not the first time that the Nuclun 2 name was brought up, and up till now, there has been no devices that were released with Nuclun 2 at its heart, although that might change with the upcoming V10 successor if rumors prove to be correct.
In other words, the LG V10’s successor will most probably be released some time in the second half of the coming year, which means it will be some time before it ends up as a shipping product. It also remains to be seen whether the Nuclun 3 will hit the streets in the near future, but as with most other cases, patience is definitely called for.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Gains FCC Nod Of Approval
So, there is a new Samsung smartphone that is about to be released – big surprise, that, and I say this with full a sarcasm. Still, those who want something that looks to hang out on the high end side of things in terms of design and form factor, and yet having a mid-range performer within, can always settle for the Samsung Galaxy A9.
The handset has already appeared on the FCC database, which means it has been approved, and listed as the Samsung Galaxy A9. With the green light given, it is but a matter of time before it hits the market. While very little detail has been released so far, it should not be too long now before an official announcement is made. All that one can do now is to sit tight and wait. [FCC Page]
Alleged HTC One X9 Gets A Photo Session
What is the world’s best kept secret? I suppose that would be a subjective question, with a myriad of answers for your picking if you were to take into consideration the different industries and niches, but where smartphones are concerned, especially with the HTC banner involved, then it would be the HTC One X9 being the next handset from the company. A set of photos of the alleged device has surfaced, and in these photos, it has more or less confirmed the overall design of the device – including its SIM card slot, power and volume button locations.
Other rumored hardware specifications include a 5.5” Full HD display, a MediaTek MT6795 SoC, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000mAh battery, a 13MP shooter at the back with OIS, and an UltraPixel front camera. All that we have to do now is to sit tight and wait for an official announcement concerning the hardware, and it is good to go.