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BlackBerry seeks patent on hidden QWERTY

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BlackBerry seeks a patent on a hidden QWERTY

BlackBerry seeks a patent on a hidden QWERTY

BlackBerry has filed an application with the USPTO for a hidden QWERTY keyboard. While currently we do have side-sliding QWERTY models that hide a keyboard behind the main unit of the phone, the patent is for a device that would hide the keyboard inside the main body of the handset. The goal for BlackBerry would be to produce phones with physical QWERTY keyboards that would have a thinner footprint than current models. The Canadian manufacturer sees this as being being applied to conventional smartphones as well as units where a QWERTY would be split in half around a screen.

Those with a fear of new things shouldn't worry because the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10 hasn't even launched yet. Still, the filing shows that the company knows that it will continue to be judged by the ease of typing that has been associated with BlackBerry from the first time that a physical keyboard was attached to a pager.

source: USPTO (1), (2) via Engadget

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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 13:58

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


How does it work again?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 14:04

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Where is it hidden again?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 14:27 4

3. downphoenix (Posts: 2281; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Instead of being hidden behind the main body of the phone, its hidden in the body itself. I have no idea how that will work, but if they can pull it off, it would be cool to see.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 14:43 1

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lol...i'm just playing with Bone.
Indeed it'll be a nice feature to see if they do manage to pull it.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:09 1

5. Kriksis (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


As far as I understand it will be pretty much the same as keypad of NOKIA 8800...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:17 1

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


damn now i know why its called a qwerty keboard smh

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:30

7. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


LOL!! it was a good one

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:47 1

8. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


That sounds pretty dam cool

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 19:28

9. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Interesting....

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 23:54

10. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Anyone here remembers that metal Palm PDA with the slide touch pad? The Palm Tungsten.

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