BlackBerry receives patent for a new camera design

BlackBerry receives patent for a new camera design
BlackBerry has received a patent from the World Intellectual Patent Organization (WIPO) for a new camera design. The application was filed on December 23, 2016 and the patent was granted three days ago. The title of the patent is "Electronic device and method of controlling same for capturing digital images," and deals with a camera system that would work on a handset with a slide-out QWERTY similar to the BlackBerry Priv.

The camera would be on the back of the smartphone on the outer housing of the device. The rear part of the sliding QWERTY would feature another lens that would work in conjunction with the camera. The extra lens is called the conversion lens. When the QWERTY keyboard is open, the regular camera is available to the user. With the QWERTY closed, the camera and the conversion lens line up offering extra capabilities for the rear snapper.

In addition, TCL, the company behind BlackBerry Mobile, has registered a trademark for the name Uni with the USPTO. Last year, the company registered the name KEYone just before MWC, and the phone was introduced at the trade show. But TCL does have a VR headset called the Uni360, and a look at the trademark application using the Trademark Electronic Search System shows that the Uni trademark is for a VR device.

BlackBerry Mobile says that two new 'Berry handsets will be launched this year, both expected to carry a physical QWERTY keyboard. One of them could come with a slide-out QWERTY, although we would have to say that the public seemed to really fall in love with the dedicated QWERTY used on the BlackBerry KEYone.

MWC starts on February 26th, one week from this coming Monday. Check in often!


source: WIPO, USPTO via Let'sGoDigital (translated)

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15 Comments

1. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Looks like the Priv 2!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

It does indeed. There a lot of BlackBerry users that are fans of the PRIV form factor, including me.

6. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Same. I wanted the original, but I can't remember why I opted out of doing so. I think I do want a Blackberry though. I might get the KeyOne when it goes on sale more. Blackberry just has something that's extremely unique in the Android space.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Unique and refreshing in a sea of “me, too” all-Touch slabs. One of the reasons why I use BlackBerry devices.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

This looks pretty good! Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Tech Companies need to spend more time bringing about innovative material like this.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Design looks interesting.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

KEYtwo perhaps? I've already owned, and loved, the Torch 9810, all the Palm/HP Pre versions, Dell Venue Pro and Priv. Yeah, you could say I love me some portrait sliders.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I used to own a Pre. Loved that phone :)

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

TCL or BlackBerry got the patent?

13. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Blackberry Limited applied for and received the patent. https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US211894774

11. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Smart

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Somehow remind me of the old Nokia N85 and N900, both use camera cover. They could use that camera cover for extra lens :D

14. shihte

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Chen killed blackberry this is not bb any more

15. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

how I miss the old day landscape sliders :$

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