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Concept design for BlackBerry 10 model shows Bold-esque QWERTY keyboard

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Concept design for BlackBerry 10 model shows Bold-esque QWERTY keyboard
A concept model of the first BlackBerry 10 model

A concept model of the first BlackBerry 10 model

Earlier this year, we showed you a concept design for the first BlackBerry 10 handset. The device, which is expected to launch before the end of the year, is the subject of another design concept, this one in white. Some of the features that we can see is a Bold-esque physical QWERTY keyboard which makes sense since the keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 is universally considered one of the best QWERTY keyboards to be attached to a smartphone.

The bottom of the phone is tapered in a little to make the device easier to hold and the handset is thin keeping with the recent trend toward skinny smartphones. The designer of the phone, John Anastasiadis, says that the concept is realistic in that it could be released right now. The latest speculation has the first BlackBerry 10 model being the BlackBerry Colt 2. While a BB10 model with a physical QWERTY is being developed, according to RIM CEO Thurston Heins, the first model is expected to feature only a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
"I designed around the 9900 keyboard and kept to the most likely scenario regarding height, width and depth of the device. BlackBerry's have traditionally been organic with soft edges but I believe the new BB10 devices will be more angular with crisp surface transitions. This will allow RIM to break from the past and reinvent the brand with a new aesthetic. Think P'9981 crossed with 9900. You will notice that the front and side profiles are slightly tapered toward the bottom. This allows the keyboard area to be a comfortable gripping size while maximizing screen size. Also, the black rubberized sides help the user hold and grip the device securely. The reflection of the side view on the back of the device shows how thin it really is. It's important to note that this concept is an attempt to capture what the next phone will most likely be. A realistic approach in the sense that it could be introduced today"-John Anastasiadis
source: Crackberry

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posted on 24 Jun 2012, 13:35 3

1. andrew1953 (Posts: 174; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Looks nice but I still favor a slide out QWERTY model with big screen a la E75.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 13:38 3

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that actually looks pretty nice. o:

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:18 3

3. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


This looks really good tho!!!!

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 14:46 2

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


In order for RIM to survive is to choose a new OS Android or Windows.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 15:12 2

5. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


if this real, then BB have 2nd camera.

i like the design

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 16:01 2

6. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Oh crap not those same looking phones again

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 16:15

19. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


and the phones with NO keyboard are ANY different! NOT!

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 16:01 2

7. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


They should do a slider design with a large touchscreen for BB10. I have a feeling it'll be good.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:12 1

8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1153; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Sorry but big screens sale more phones. How about invent a pullout keyboard that is mind blowing to compliment a larger display.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:39 2

9. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Nice!

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:43 2

10. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


It better have a front facing camera

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 17:58 4

11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Doesn't look bad but I agree with above. Slide out keyboards with larger displays are better. They aren't going to dial numbers in your pockets, slide out keyboards have bigger and more spaced out layouts, bigger more usable screens, etc.

I appreciate that rim is trying to keep to their traditions but it's really hurting them in the end.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:55 1

17. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Agree. If they do release another phone with this design again, they deserve to bankrupt. They simply refuse to learn that customers don't give a sh*t about their company's tradition, what they want is value for price, mostly by features such as does found on the qwerty Droid series: Big screen, fast processors, big, high-quality slide-out keyboards and a competent OS.

Blackberry models are exactly the opposite, but they charge sky high anyway.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 19:59 2

12. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


If RIM doesn't understand that people want a large screen, then they are truly doomed.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 21:02 2

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3948; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Looks like a mix between a Sony and a Blackberry... I like it.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 00:36 2

14. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Very good design

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 01:00 1

15. Jlo99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I think all the BB10 phone will be over price just like the BB 9900

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 05:13

16. tarmpung (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


it's Nokia style, not Blackberry's and it looks cheap

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 09:52 1

18. Jay2ice (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


I agree with tarmpung, this looks so much like nokia Asha 303.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 01:21

20. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


indeed

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