Sony Ericsson patent reveals plans for sliding touchscreen mobile phone

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What next for touchscreen mobiles? Everyone and their aunt is making one, including Nokia (albeit only next year). However, Sony Ericsson appears to be planning the next step, with a patent for a sliding touchscreen phone.

I say ‘seemingly’, as there’s no direct link to the actual patent, raising a slight concern in the back of my mind that this could be a hoax. Still, the idea is sensible enough, providing a balance between a full touchscreen, and the physical mobile keys that are still better for texting and dialling.

If Sony Ericsson turns this into a slinky Walkman music phone, the physical keypad could give them a good marketing line to try and tempt people away from the touchscreen-only iPhone. At least, I assume that’s the idea.

(via Gizmodo)

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Stuart Dredge