BlackBerry teases upcoming dual-curved 'edge' slider phone
posted by Victor H. / Mar 03, 2015, 6:38 AM
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?
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Looking schweet but judging from blackberry's past record... I say don't expect a chip faster than the S801.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 6:41 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:39 PM 1
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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.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 2:16 PM 1
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.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 6:51 AM 1
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Im quite skeptical towards the slider thing lol. I think BB should also make a "regular" smartphone :p
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 6:53 AM 0
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thats one of those advantages of having partnership with Samsung
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 7:02 AM 0
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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
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 10:49 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 11:38 AM 1
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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.
posted on Mar 03, 2015, 12:36 PM 0
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