BlackBerry teases upcoming dual-curved 'edge' slider phone

BlackBerry teases upcoming dual-curved 'edge' slider phone

The next big thing by Samsung and HTC is already here, but one company that seems to have been forgotten in the past few years, claims that it is on the road to recovery. We're talking about BlackBerry, which teased something huge: a brand new BlackBerry flagship phone with a dual-curved 'edge' display (similar to the Galaxy S6 edge) and a slider form factor.

Ron Louks, president of the devices and emerging solutions division at BlackBerry teased the upcoming high-profile gadget at Mobile World Congress without giving away any further details.

"What a Surprise! Ron just pulled out a dual-curved, all-touch display with a Keyboard - yes a slider device! #MWC15," the company itself summarized in a tweet.

Such a form factor - if pulled successfully - will be a big differentiator for BlackBerry in this market of increasingly similar devices from all manufacturers. The company has already pulled off a pretty successful launch with the square-screen BlackBerry Passport, and now it might try to repeat the exercise with this new upcoming BlackBerry 'dual edge'. Would you buy a slider phone these days, and what do you expect to see out of it?

source: @BlackBerry

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36 Comments

1. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looking schweet but judging from blackberry's past record... I say don't expect a chip faster than the S801.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

A little to far away to judge...but the screen looks like it lacks contrast. Maybe i'm too negative minded, but it lacks the pop!

25. thetrueprodigy

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Nope it wont use it...source tell me the camera with be 16MP with OIS and Quad HD Screen and it wont use the same processor as the passport. Its going to be a power house phone.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

You and I must have a similar source. I've been told the same thing.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2225; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I am going to make a wild prediction that says there may be a chance you may find a Samsung Exynos chipset in this phone. While I think the chances are no more than 50%, it's still a possibility in my opinion. The reason I say this is because they obviously worked with Samsung on the curved design of the phone. Samsung owns the patent rights for a curved edge phone design like this, so I think in exchange for the security software Blackberry gave Samsung that Samsung is giving Blackberry some hardware components. It would be a smart choice for Blackberry since the 14 nm fabrication of Samsung's new Exynos processor makes it one of the most efficient processors out there (adding to the Blackberry battery life it's so well known for). If not, then I do expect a Snapdragon 810 to be powering this device as it was tipped last year we would see a Blackberry device with a 64-bit processor. Also, I've got to give Blackberry credit for using almost the entire front of the device for the screen. If you see where the call button is, that's still where the screen is on the device. So, there is a minimal amount of bezels here which makes the device more compact. I think the slide out keyboard will please the two crowds: one that prefers a physical keyboard and the other that likes a virtual one. The virtual keyboard crowd can just simply use it as an all-touchscreen device.

36. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

if you say so CHUCKLES!

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If this ends up being in the regular BlackBerry lineup, not the Porsche Design lineup, and has modern specs, I'm all over it.

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

well they only really sell to the business area no kids teens or young adults will buy a blackberry because its not cool and and does not have the apps for them to take perfect selfies and crap.

6. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

ok not much apps but there is an amazon store installed so you can install many android apps that store offer

4. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

what?? curved display with a slider ..is it scale or a phone ?

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Scone!

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Im quite skeptical towards the slider thing lol. I think BB should also make a "regular" smartphone :p

7. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

even they make regular smartphones physical keyboard will be included and that makes phone hugely elongated

8. Diego!

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

They should bring all good things in Blackberry Passport to this device.

9. SayMobile

Posts: 151; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

thats one of those advantages of having partnership with Samsung

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. I was wondering when we'd see something in the way of hardware from the BlackBerry/Samsung "team up". Guess this is it, and it looks sweet!

10. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

That reminded me of the Dell Venue Pro.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I would buy a slider or flip phone. Considering ~5mm smarphones exist, another sandwich for hardware buttons making it to 9mm would be perfect.

14. GeekMovement unregistered

Wow, that's quite an interesting device. I'd be excited to see it. If the specs and battery life are excellent, I'd definitely consider it.

15. charlie1779

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Make this, but also make the same phone without the slide out qwerty.... A normal all touch curved display smartphone... That'd make it more interesting.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome looking phone! I'm very interested to see the specks on this beauty! Keep up the good work, BlackBerry!

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Curved displays are too gimmicky. Keep it traditional.

19. eidsonb

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I currently use a Z30. I would by this is a heartbeat. Best phone I ever had was a Torch 9810. Combine that with all the features of BB10. Killer Combo there.

20. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I still do not see much use for a curved display. But I like the overall design. Just get it out by Summer and I will probably buy it.

21. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

a high end blackberry torch. I really liked the design of that phone it was just too slow.

22. P2theG1

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Personally although I've never owned a blackberry I'm highly intrigued by this concept (or whatever you wish to call it) the idea of a dual curve edged display initially put me off but after seeing just what the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge can do with one curved edge I'd love to see just what blackberry can do on the software side, maybe additional security measures or something along with the usual text messaging and notifications, and of course a slide out keyboard just awesome, I've been looking for a decent slider smartphone for a while and this just may be it for me, so what if it's blackberry OS I prefer the security even if less apps than iOS or Android that doesn't bother me because as stated with an Amazon app store you can get all the basic apps you'd need, mind blown and I'd not hesitate to buy this when released unless it's insanely overpriced like £600 SIM free

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

From an aesthetic point, the most beautiful phone I ever owned was a WP7 Dell Venue Pro. It also had the worst camera ever put on any device. 4.1" AMOLED curved display and a wonderful slider keyboard. If this BB is anything like the DVP, I'll be all over it.

24. urbimal

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I think that this is what gets blackberry out of their grave. i belive that the slider is the next big thing for s smartphone if they make it thin. i hope they are going to add special functions from the passport. if they make it under 500 dollars is my next buy.

26. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Definitely best os at the moment doesn't matter on hardware much

29. fuelband

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Time to go back to Blackberry! That sliding keyboard would be the killer feature. Text, email, IM, documents - no more messy typing

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