HTC looking at ditching keyboards, large batteries for 6mm thick phones


At a special event for technology bloggers organized in Seattle, HTC’s vice president of product strategy Bjorn Kilburn is reported to have said they are looking at creating phones as thin as 6mm.  Rich Brome, editor of, reported these comments on twitter.

HTC creative director Claude Zellweger said that while there was still demand for physical QWERTY keyboards, they do not allow HTC to move forward with its design principles, thus the company decided to move away from the sliders. "We feel that putting too much effort into that would take away from our devices.”  The company would be looking at adding haptics to their onscreen keyboards instead.

The company also said that their research indicated consumers preferred thinner phones to longer battery life.  It should be noted however that they were testing 3000 mAh batteries, so it is likely that the form factor of the handsets were seriously compromised by the large battery.

Do our readers agree with HTC’s design direction, or are they missing a beat by leaving handsets in demand on the design table? Let us know below.

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