BlackBerry seeks patent on hidden QWERTY

BlackBerry seeks patent on hidden QWERTY
BlackBerry has filed an application with the USPTO for a hidden QWERTY keyboard. While currently we do have side-sliding QWERTY models that hide a keyboard behind the main unit of the phone, the patent is for a device that would hide the keyboard inside the main body of the handset. The goal for BlackBerry would be to produce phones with physical QWERTY keyboards that would have a thinner footprint than current models. The Canadian manufacturer sees this as being being applied to conventional smartphones as well as units where a QWERTY would be split in half around a screen.

Those with a fear of new things shouldn't worry because the QWERTY equipped BlackBerry Q10 hasn't even launched yet. Still, the filing shows that the company knows that it will continue to be judged by the ease of typing that has been associated with BlackBerry from the first time that a physical keyboard was attached to a pager.

source: USPTO (1), (2) via Engadget



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

How does it work again?

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Where is it hidden again?

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Instead of being hidden behind the main body of the phone, its hidden in the body itself. I have no idea how that will work, but if they can pull it off, it would be cool to see.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol...i'm just playing with Bone. Indeed it'll be a nice feature to see if they do manage to pull it.

5. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

As far as I understand it will be pretty much the same as keypad of NOKIA 8800...

6. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

damn now i know why its called a qwerty keboard smh

7. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

LOL!! it was a good one

8. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

That sounds pretty dam cool

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009


10. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Anyone here remembers that metal Palm PDA with the slide touch pad? The Palm Tungsten.

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