Shell of a smartphone – the BlackBerry Kopi's panels emerge from oblivion
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?
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I type slower on BB keyboards than I did my enV Touch (best keyboard on a phone). Price it right, and it could have some potential.
2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Where is the flagship? But no matter what, wish you all the best, BlackBerry.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
No, BlackBerry's 2014 flagship, so it should be Z50.
3. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Blackberry has no flagship. They are done!
6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Are you done? All of your posts in PA are trolling and bashing on BlackBerry articles, you must be some idiot here with multiple accounts. Troll.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)
How do you know he has multiple accounts? Funny you say that because we all know you do...
9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Don't get back to the old times again, Smurf. Forget about my "multiple accounts" thing, that was long time ago. Now, we're talking about this guy, you only see him on BlackBerry articles, so if it's not multiple accounts then what is it? How does he know when PA will post a BlackBerry article? I see something suspicious here.
Oh, I don't have multiple accounts anymore. If I still have it, I will be banned right now.
11. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
So what phone will you be getting when Blackberry goes out of business...just curious
15. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
So what phone do you have? Or are you still sneaking around using your mom's phone? Just curious....
16. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Android all the way. You never answered my question. When Blackberry goes out of business what will you get
20. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
BlackBerry is not going out of business. So I will still be using my BlackBerry.
7. Lt.Green (Posts: 394; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Give Chen the 5 years he promised, then judge.
10. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
They wont be around in five years
14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Hopefully, you won't be around PA in the next 5 minutes! You really don't have a life, do you?
18. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Still avoiding the questions. You fanyboys are something else
21. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Still trolling on BlackBerry articles. You trolls are something else.
13. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Still trolling BlackBerry articles? You are LAME!
12. ddavis7387 (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Mar 2014)
i think Chen will turn Berry around. I had the Z10 and it was a good phone, i liked it better than my old GS3. i have a Z30 and a Nexus 5 now and my Berry is still my go to phone. Now i dont think they will ever have 20% market share because Blackberry isn't for everybody, but i do think they will rebound.
17. verty (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Go Chen!!! I am rooting for you all the way!! All the naysayers like apiskula should eat some dung with ketchup!!
19. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Wait until the day it happens. Blackberry is on life support
22. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Give it a rest, troll. No one cares what you think. BlackBerry is alive and getting better every day.
23. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
You should be the new spokesperson for Blackberry. As you say they are getting better everyday. Have you seen the market share? Facility closures? Layoffs? Executives leaving? Yeah they are getting better. How layoffs has Google had? What about the market share? Gets your facts right fanboy. So I pose this question again when Blackberry goes out of business what will be your next phone?
25. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Get YOUR facts straight, troll: the only facilities that closed are the ones that they intentionally sold off. The executives that have left were either forced out for not holding up their end or left due to not fitting in with J. Chens agenda. The market share bleeding has stopped. Their stock is up 40%. The market agrees with the new direction that BlackBerry is moving in. But you would know all of this if you read news from other sources than phonearena and it you didn't have Google's d**k lodged so deep in your a$$. You haters make me laugh. Now I've got a question for you, troll. If you despise BlackBerry so much, why do you waste your time and effort on BlackBerry articles? I guarantee you don't have a suitable explanation. Trolls only know how to troll.
26. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Such language child. You liberals love to run your mouth about things and spew items that name absolutely no sense at all. The market share bleeding has stopped? Not sure where you are reading your news but the market continues to worsen the Blackberry. Even the windows phoes have overtaken Blackberry now. John Chen is not going to save Blackberry at all. Blackberry continues to tank and cash reserves will only last long. They are done
29. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
BlackBerry is not done, little boy. And if you don't like my language towards you, refrain from using the term liberal with me, b***h a$$. And like I said, I get my news from other sources besides phonearena, unlike you, troll. BlackBerry is sitting on a good amount of cash reserves with no debt. Most companies can't say that. Haters like you have been saying BlackBerry is done for over 3 years now, but they're still here. Face facts, they're not going anywhere. 3 years from now they will still be here. And the only thing that will be done is your foolish hating.
30. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
And learn how to spell! It's not phoes, it's PHONES. How can you NOT be embarrassed to post on articles and you can't even spell correctly? How do you expect anyone to take you seriously, Apiskula?
27. verty (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Apiskula. ....you have come again. Enter the z30 and I dear tell you that it's sure better than the iphone. BB ain't going down nitwit. They make lovely phones they pioneered so many features copied by your boring iphone. Even the recent keyboard copied by Secrest.
So please give it up for BB. They will surely bounce back. And please don't even compare to windows the most boring phone alive. All in all it's good to have options and more options. It makes the world a better place. More jobs more happiness....
28. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Blackberry is done. No way they can continue their current ways of doing business and survive. Chen will not change things around. I have seen and used the new Blackberry's and they are terrible compared to android.
31. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
And what new BlackBerry have you used? If you actually used one, you could not HONESTLY make the statement that you just did, stating that BB10 is terrible compared to Android. BB10 is fast, fluid and powerful. It runs Android apps. BB10 handsets are the ULTIMATE messaging machines. And BB10 handsets are multitasking BEASTS. Chens plan IS working, as evident by market sentiment. If BB10 is just not your cup of tea, then just say that. But don't LIE and say that you've used a BB10 device. And by used, I mean used for longer than a week. Stop making up stories to attempt to justify your UNJUSTIFIED hate of all things BlackBerry.
32. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
You are a complete fool. I got rid of my Blackberry server in my environment and now use iphones and Android and was praised by management for it. Blackberry is no longer wanted
33. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
And you're a complete dumba$$ if you think anyone believes that you work in IT. You're just some little boy with an ongoing wet dream of the demise of Blackberry. The only thing "no longer wanted" is you and your bulls**t. Give it a rest, already. And I noticed how, just like you trolls always do, you have completely ignored my question. Typical troll.
34. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
You can think what you want but I have been in IT for 13 years. I have shutdown our entire Blackberry environment as we moved to much more superior platforms. Why do you continue to reply to my post if you want me gone. I do not ever recall responding to a thread that you post. I only reply back to you. And yes I have used a Blackberry Z10 before and I gave it up within a day. It was terrible and went back to my Android device. Get a clue kid Blackberry is done! You will have nothing to say once the earnings report comes out in 10 days!
35. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
You're the one that needs to get a clue, junior. You only used a Z10 for a day and you think that qualifies you to be able to significantly and honestly give an assessment of the BB10 OS? And you say you've been in IT for for 13 years? Bulls**t! Using ANYTHING for just a day doesn't qualify you for anything! NO WAY you can talk about BB10 convincingly after only a days use! An ADULT would know that. An adult in IT would DEFINITELY know that! That's how I know you're an adolescent liar! And why do I reply to your bulls**t posts? Why do you comment on something you obviously don't like, and by your response, know absolutely NOTHING about? As long as you keep commenting on something you know zero about, I'm going to keep replying to your posts, so get used to it. And if, in 10 days when BlackBerry reports their quarterly numbers, they are doing well, what will you say then, troll?
36. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Wow you are such an ignorant tool. You can think what you want what I do for a living. I have a better chance of winning the lottery thank Blackberry posting the numbers of how bad they are doing.
37. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
The only ignorant one around here is you, troll. And considering that you don't really work in IT, nor do you probably even have a job, winning the lottery is the only way your pathetic a$$ will ever have any income. And you're STILL avoiding my questions. Typical, loser troll.