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

BlackBerry might be prepping a hybrid device 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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