October 22, 2014

Motorola MOTOSPLIT Render - New Take on Old Design?

Here’s an impractical looking design if we ever saw one.  The folks at Engadget were recently handed a screenshot of an alleged Motorola handset called the MOTOSPLIT.  And while it’s pretty obvious that the picture is a render, it leaves us wondering if the phone is there is such a handset coming from the manufacturer.  According to their source, this one is rumored for a fall release on AT&T’s network.

Looking all sorts of impractical, the MOTOSPLIT feels like one of those phones you’d see in a movie or TV show where the hitman or secret operative pulls out to message back to base. We get that there are only so many ways to make phones with touch only and QWERTY based phones fast becoming the norm, but do we need this type of departure?  Of course, we’re judging this based off of one picture, but it feels a tad gimmicky.

Those of you who have been around cell phones for more than a couple of years might recall seeing a similar design from Nokia in their 6800 series.  If you don’t remember ever seeing one of these in the real world it’s because they didn’t do very well.

Given what you know/see, what say you about the MOTOSPLIT?  Love it?  Hate it?