BlackBerry might be prepping a hybrid touchscreen smartphone with a hidable keypad
posted by Peter K. / Sep 26, 2014, 7:00 AM
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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posted on Sep 26, 2014, 7:27 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 7:55 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 10:16 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 11:04 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 12:08 PM 1
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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?
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 8:43 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 10:32 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 26, 2014, 10:42 AM 0
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