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Mysterious QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry 10 prototype appears

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Mysterious QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry 10 prototype appears
The other day, we showed you a picture purportedly of the BlackBerry Jakarta aka BlackBerry Z3. While this is one of the low-end models being designed, produced and warehoused by Foxconn, BlackBerry is believed to be working on a pair of high-end models in-house. One is expected to be the quad-core powered BlackBerry Ontario while the second could be a 64 bit octa-core model.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already said that most new BlackBerry phones will feature a QWERTY keyboard.  And that brings us to a couple of leaked photographs showing us both sides of a QWERTY equipped BlackBerry handset. The odd looking device has brought forth some rumors. One is that the device pictured is nothing more than an early prototype of the BlackBerry Q5.

Another possibility is that this is a developer model for an upcoming high-end BlackBerry 10 device, possibly the Windermere. That model is supposedly one of the two high-end models we spoke about last December. Even if it is the Windermere, it almost certainly does not look like a final design.


source: hibbers.com via Crackberry

UPDATE: We have some more information on the BlackBerry Windemere, which is apparently the device pictured. The keys can be pressed on, but numbers and other keys would be accessed using a swipe gesture. Because it is so wide, BlackBerry is thinking about allowing two apps to run side-by-side at the same time.

source: BGR

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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:25 17

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7589; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's probably the ugliest phone I've ever seen in my life.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:29 1

2. AppleJuice (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Omg jajaja can't stop laughing, it's so boxy and... weird.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:56

8. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


is the j really an 'h' - just wondering

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:10 4

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7589; Member since: 14 May 2012)


jajaja = hahaha in Spanish. In Spanish, the 'j' has the same sound as the 'h' in English, hence jajaja.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:34 4

14. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


oh yeahhhhh..errr....yeajjjjjjj

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 07:20 1

42. YoJerms1977 (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


Well why does he laugh in Spanish, but make the rest of his comments in English?

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 23:15

44. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I read your comment before I looked at the pics & I thought to myself, "Smurf needs to stop exaggerating & being so damn dramatic." I looked at the pics. I take it back.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 07:06

45. Sriniva1995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


True that..... it looks like chen has engineers who basically suck....:-D

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:32 2

3. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Wow that is ugly...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:32 4

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3290; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


So beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, and tremendous phone I ever seen.
What a piece of craftsmanship this phone have. Just wow.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:40

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7589; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You forgot to take this with you /s

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:16 2

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3290; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm talking about vertu. Dude

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 01:19 1

40. Johnnokia (Posts: 471; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Vertue ,,,, Nokia's lost glory

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:33 4

5. HASHTAG (Posts: 137; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


After seeing this, I think that BlackBerry has traveled back 10 years in the past. That design is simply awful!

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:10 1

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


No, they did not travel back in time. Actually, they traveled forward into the future - the future where the only employee left at BB is John Chen. This is the WORST example I have seen yet to wear the BB/RIM logo.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:51 1

39. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Doubt this is the finished product.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:55 1

7. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Blackberry...will you die already....lol...this company is so incompetent - makes Microsoft look like APPLE....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:10

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


What in this article makes them incompetent? Troll elsewhere, loser...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:36 2

15. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The company as a whole is incompetent as they have failed to adapt to the marketplace....actually not a troll, but someone who knows that Blackberry's time is done - they should just make software for other OSes...SEGA is a good example of a company who recognized that it was time to get out the console market....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:02

18. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


And you would be the expert on such matters? Please...there time is nowhere near done. Their stock has been rallying. The New CEO John Chen has been making all of the right moves and decisions to make the company profitable again. The three incompetents before Chen is who brought the company to where it is now. He's been bringing it back. A year or two from now when the company is still here and profitable, I'd like you to be one of the first to come on this site and recant your negative words.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:58 1

17. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I love how a troll calls someone who has been on this site for almost 4 years, a troll....hi-larry-us

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:03

19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Then you're 4 years a troll.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:08

21. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


hmmm, clearly you do not know much about what is going on with Blackberry - go ahead and read up on their marketshare and their many mishaps over the years, and then get back with me...please, be better informed before you call someone a troll...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:19

23. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Clearly I do and you DON'T. That's why I can call you a troll, troll....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:15

32. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


See, there you go, again. Look up Blackberry, and see how well it is doing - it is barely hanging on for its life....they should do what SEGA did, as at least SEGA knew when to give up..apparently, you do not...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:19 1

35. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


also, look up the definition of a troll, in terms of the internet - if I was trolling, I would be bringing up something not related to Blackberry - well? Get going, you got some researching to do - and your name is alphageek, which is not very apropo, mind you...maybe alphanoob is a better suited name...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:42

37. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I know what troll means, you troll. And if you don't have anything meaningful to add, perhaps you should keep your mouth shut and let the ADULTS have an ADULT conversation. Why would you hope for the downfall of any company? You must not be pro-choice or understand that choice is good for the industry and the consumer. You don't like BlackBerry? Fine. Go to a non-BlackBerry article and post all you want. And you keep bringing up SEGA. You must have been a big fan. Probably broke your heart when they went out of business. You need to follow suit and go out away from BlackBerry related articles. And clearly, you only get your news from phonearena, or you would know how BlackBerry stock is the rise. Networkdood? More like NetworkDUD....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:13

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This 'design' makes me want to go out and buy a Bold 9930, just to send a vote with my wallet to BB that their new product designs are crap and that they should stop right now. I just can't bring myself to waste a contract upgrade, so I won't.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:11 1

11. Genersis (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Not bad, looks like it may be a bit stretched horizontally.
Looks very much like it could be an early prototype.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:20 3

13. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


Blackberry just made their death wish. Hideous doesn't even cut it.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 19:36

16. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I know - it is actually kind of sad...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:05

20. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I highly doubt the finished product will look like this.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:08

22. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Many of their phones look pretty hideous...but, I hope you are correct on this one...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:20

24. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Actually, the Z10 and the Q10 look great...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:15

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And the Bold 9930 is to this day, the best with a physical qwerty keyboard. Better than the current Q-series.

BB should take a real hard look at the 9930 to understand what worked with that model. They are going from bad to worse these days.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:17

33. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


BOLD series did great with AT&T, once upon a time - I remember those fun calls from customers asking how to troubleshoot them - email issues, forgetting Blackberry PIN, etc...most people that called into me had no business owning a Blackberry, and I can see why many left for APPLE (a simpler, yet boring phone).

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:29

36. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


All BBs are hard to use if your are looking for iOS-like simplicity. The OS10 ones are even harder to use than the BBOS7 editions. But I digress. My post was made to draw a contrast between the high water mark for qwerty keyboard BBs (9930) and the abortion that is the subject of the article we are all commenting on. This latest edition is worse than even the very first BB, the RIM 850 and 857.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:50

38. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


See comment #20.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:25

25. xtroid2k (Posts: 339; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


History has a way of repeating its self. I know a lot of people looking for a simpler phone are going to love this my mom has a note 2 and said she wants her phone to be less complex. She had a bb before so I think this is it.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:31

26. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


What honestly in the name of god is this...

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:37

27. GullicksonC (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)


If the Keyboard wasn't that cramped it would look somewhat appealing. Hope that it is fixed later on

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:06

28. PBXtech (Posts: 967; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I must be missing something, even zoomed in there's no numbers or special characters on the keyboard. Can't be real.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 23:18

34. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5571; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


BB is trying to give you a hint that you don't need numbers or special characters - time to be minimalist.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:59

41. tenzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


Too fat but look at Samsung or Nokia and its boring design otherwise BlackBerry 10 os is the best at the moment. I love writing sms end emails on mobile first time in my life also gesture os make life easier I can easy operate 5inch screen with one hand

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 11:46

43. isprobi (Posts: 193; Member since: 30 May 2011)


One thing for sure it does not look like an iPhone. I just want something with 10.2 BB10 on it since I cannot seem to get the update on my AT&T Z10.

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