I can’t claim to be the eagle eye who first spotted this but Freedom Slim’s miniature Bluetooth keyboard has been creating quite a stir around the web.
Quite justified this appears too since on closer inspection the sexy peripheral could be just what heavy typists and texters have been crying out for since they (stupidly) bought a device without a dedicated thumb board.
At just 102 x 58 x 8mm the footprint is barely larger than a credit card (though it is quite a bit thicker) and weighing a mere 46g it should be extremely pocket friendly. There are 54 keys on a full alpha numeric QWERTY layout (number pad excluded) and some clever design has even managed to squeeze in the four way arrow keys.
We’ll skip over the RAZR rip-off styling, after all it’s nice if you own a RAZR but then again no one ever likes a RAZR if they bought one so they’re probably not looking to accessorize it… On the plus side the backlight can be set to blue or orange or switched off completely to save battery life. Not that this should be too much of a problem with the keyboard capable of lasting for up to four hours of continuous use and a remarkable 100 hours on standby. It recharges over mini USB.
Furthermore Palm, Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems are supported – so pretty much the whole gamut be you a mobile phone, smartphone, Pocket PC or plain old PDA. All you need it Bluetooth.
So want one? Yeah me too. Sadly we won’t get a price until closer to release. Everyone mark it in your calendars: Late April 2007.
Freedom Slim on Mobility Site