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High-end Android devices and full QWERTY keyboards haven’t been getting along so well lately. Plenty of keyboard-equipped Android phones hit the market all the time, but rarely are they ever flagship quality. There’s really only one series of devices that comes to mind when talking about flagship devices and physical keyboards, and they’re all Droids.

The next chapter in the saga started by the original Motorola Droid is about to be written with the release of the Motorola Droid 4. In keeping with tradition, the Droid 4 will be a flagship spec’d device with a full physical keyboard attached. Specs on the upcoming Droid 4 haven’t exactly been plentiful, but we do know the device will launch with a 4-inch display and LTE connectivity. Physically, the device resembles the Droid RAZR in both design and dimension. It won’t be able to match the RAZR on thinness with a keyboard attached, but it will be pretty slim compared to similar devices.

As far as a release date goes, December 8 is starting to look like a safe bet. There’s good reason to believe Verizon will use this date to release several new devices, including the Galaxy Nexus and two different Xyboard variations (both of which were pictured with the Droid 4, keyboard docks and all). There’s a good chance the Droid 4 will be overshadowed by the Nexus come launch time, but for anyone who needs a physical keyboard on their phone of choice, the Droid 4 will be the way to go.

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