When BlackBerry's John Chen stepped in as CEO last year, he had to decide the fate of two series of BB10 smartphones, the K and C series. Among them was the BlackBerry Kopi, a lowly QWERTY model that appeared to be in prototype status. It had a cheap plastic build and its physical keyboard seemed a little rough around the edges, but it had BlackBerry written all over it.
Ultimately, Mr. Chen decided to abandon these series in favor of the recently-introduced Z3. Or did he? While time will tell if he made the right decision, it appears that the Kopi phone, or at least its outer shell, is still a thing of interest for someone in Asia. As you can see from these photos, sourced from the Weibo social network, the Kopi looks like a miniature Z10 with a QWERTY keyboard.
Unfortunately, there is little information we can milk out of these photos. The Kopi could eventually come to the market, or it could simply drift away in BlackBerry's product throwaway room – who knows?