BlackBerry might be prepping a hybrid touchscreen smartphone with a hidable keypad

BlackBerry might be prepping a hybrid touchscreen smartphone with a hidable keypad
Back when Joch Chen initally hinted that the company will be putting emphasis on top-end QWERTY-toting smarpthones in the future (as enterprise purportedly favored these over all-touscreen ones), little did we suspect that the unorthodox and squareish BlackBerry Passport is in the pipeline. Well, the latter is already a fact, but it seems that BlackBerry might be prepping something even more curious and compelling.

One of the more recent patent applications that BlackBerry has filed with the USPTO describes a device, codenamed “Visa” or “Victoria”, which will have both a large touchscreen and a swiveling two-row keypad, which can be neatly hidden thanks to a mechanism at the bottom of the device. At all times, a single row of keys will remain at the user's disposal under the bottom of the screen, and it is speculated that it will probably double as a trackpad, similar to the keyboard found on the BlackBerry Passport.

It gets even more interesting when the alleged release date comes into play - it is said that the BlackBerry Visa/Victoria might see the light of day sometime in Q2 2015. Provided that BlackBerry is actually working on such a device, that is.


source: USPTO via BerryReview

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23 Comments

1. lucid.brat unregistered

BB is definitely nt giving up... Now a slap to ppl who think it is dead or will be dead

2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

This is weird but also kinda cool

3. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

here come the bb is dead crowd......wait for it.......wait......

4. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

DDEEEAAAAAADDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

AALLLIIIIIIVVVVEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

ALIVE AND WELL!!!!!!!!!!

22. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

JEEEEEEEERK!

23. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

I CAN SCREAM TOO AAAAAGHHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

At least the keyboard can be hidden and it has touchscreen, I hope it's not bulky though. But still, BlackBerry must not forget about a full touchscreen flagship.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

They're OS is honestly really cool if you look at it......definitely better than windows phone OS. Jus give em the right developers to make more polished apps and they will be something to reckon with by next years end.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Great, but they aren't going anywhere, no matter how good their hardware may be, unless they don't understand that Android is the new Windows and that there's no room for a proprietary OS anymore.

10. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Because of you people only the monopoly starts. Without trying any other OS how can anyone say Android is the only best OS. You are not ready to try sometging different and killing all the competition and finally kills the innovation from your favourite OS too because of the monopoly.

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Selling out devices is going nowhere? Moving 200,000 in two days is going nowhere? You obviously don't know what you're talking about. BlackBerry doesn't have to sell the amount of handsets Samsung or Apple has to sell to be profitable. And they're the most profitable where it counts for them. Enterprise. They're the largest Enterprise company with the largest market share, some 60%. What trolls like you don't understand is that not everything has to run Android to be successful. If that were the case, companies like HTC and Sony wouldn't be tanking right now.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

You obviously haven't tried BB10, or you would not be making this statement. You truly must want a monopoly, and that isn't good for anyone. BlackBerry is selling out new handsets and DOMINATING the enterprise market, so your statement of BlackBerry "going nowhere" is false and just a dream of yours. And BobbyDigital is correct: it Android were the way to go for everyone, HTC and Sony wouldn't be dying right now, Motorola would not have been sold twice, and Samsung wouldn't dominate most of the Android profits.

9. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Hm, a bit of a clunky solution... What's the point? By tilting the keyboard in, you reduce the size of the device by maybe a centimeter max, while seemingly gaining quite a bit of bulk. Why not just slide it straight in, and sacrifice less space?

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

This is fine as far as fighting chance goes but as long as BB keep at it with the Z3 (Z4?) refresh. Keep fixing the OS and what Z4 need isn't some top of the line, cost munching and totally hard to do mods; Snapdragon 410, 2Gb RAM, HD screen would be fine just nudge it to 5.2, 16Gb starting storage and a 2900mAh batt. The biggest Z3 riddle before was RRP.

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

lol nvm ;p had a look at the wrong slide of BB's roadmap from 2 sources that can't even arrive to the same middle ground. Manitoba looks to be scratched as a pre DOA, which is a shame really I think they can gain some ground with that.

13. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

That seems to me like a great idea, i really liked it hope the end product is as good and cool as their idea

15. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

BlackBerry Storm?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

This will be another great BB10 handset reminiscent of the BlackBerry Torch. Can't wait to see the final product. Keep up the great work, BlackBerry.

19. Pete1

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

For those that need a keyboard the palm pre form factor wasn't too bad. I do still miss the old palm treo's. No issues with my note 2 though.

20. remmolacha

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Palm Tungsten T.. is that you??

21. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Go BB prove the haters and the trolls wrong!

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