The nerd armies have once again marched upon Las Vegas, this time for the CTIA, which starts tomorrow. This showcase of all things mobile phone mostly features dog-ugly American-style messaging handsets that, thank the gods, we'll never see on our stylish streets in the UK.
But our spidey senses did tingle at the sight of a new touchscreen handset that Motorola announced today in advance of the show: the Evoke QA4.
Motorola says the Evoke will feature a 2.8-inch (71mm) touchscreen and a slide-out alphanumeric keypad -- a configuration that, until now, only the Samsung Tocco Ultra has flirted with.
We think it's a great idea, since the three-by-four keypad is smaller, so it can be tucked away in a more elegant slider, and we've honed our texting skills on it already. And it's handy for making a phone call, if we ever have to do that obscure task.
The Evoke will also sport a soft Qwerty keypad and a customisable home screen with widgets for RSS feeds and social-networking sites. Motorola is pitching the Evoke as a social-networking tool, and said that it'll have MySpace and Tube gadgets built-in.
Motorola told us the Evoke is likely to make the transatlantic trip, but wouldn't specify when it will be launched here.