CEO Chen says BlackBerry will introduce three high-end models for "keyboard aficionados"

CEO Chen says BlackBerry will introduce three high-end models for
Three new high-end BlackBerry models are on the way, according to the Canadian manufacturer's CEO, John Chen. The executive also reveled that these models are going to be designed for "keyboard aficionados," and will be introduced over the next 18 months. One of the three models could be the BlackBerry Q20, which was revealed last month at MWC.

The BlackBerry Q20 is expected to be launched in the second half of the year, and will be equipped with a 3.5 inch screen. That would be the largest screen ever employed on a QWERTY-equipped 'Berry. The handset will also come with a larger battery and will bring back some "old-school" features like a touchpad and function keys.

Another possible model is the device currently code named the BlackBerry Windermere. This is an oddly shaped phone with a wide-body and a strange looking QWERTY keyboard. There is speculation that the keyboard will work by not only pressing on the keys like a regular physical QWERTY, but will also be touch-sensitive. BlackBerry is also believed to be working on a model that will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor. Originally thought to be ready in 2015, a later report had BlackBerry pushing up development of the phone in an attempt to rush it out by this September.


The CEO also brought up the possibility of offering a version of BBM for the desktop. "We are certainly going to take a very serious look at putting BBM on the desktop," said Chen. Last  month, the executive said that BBM could go "beyond handsets and the phone." Once a BlackBerry exclusive, BBM is now available for iOS and Android with a version for Windows Phone expected soon.

source: Reuters

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80 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Keyboards = DOA

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Anything rim does at this point = DOA

78. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Mxy, anything you do or say pure hater crap. Get a life, troll.

10. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Keyboards = NOT DOA

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i loved my E71 more than any BB phones

20. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I owned an E71 as well as an E72 and E63. I also owned an E90, which I still have to this day. Great devices, all.

74. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

your brain is DOA!

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

That Q20 seems intresting. 3,5 inch screen, QWERTY keyboard, touchpad and function keys.

3. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

3.5 inch screen? Wow. They should have went with a 4 inch screen. If people have to choose between bigger screen size or physical qwerty, most will go with the bigger screen. Throw in Swiftkey, there is no reason to buy a 3.5 inch screen with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Blackberry is stuck in 2009.

4. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

iPhone is only 0,5in bigger... just sayin'

6. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Your statement is not correct for everybody... Me, for example, I am stuck (using your logic) in 2010, because my main phone is NOKIA E7, and I'm not in a hurry to change it as I personally prefer the physical keyboard over virtual keyboard...

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

If you believe that, then you truly don't know what the BlackBerry faithful want. The BlackBerry users who still use a keyboard BlackBerry device will be more than happy with that screen size. That's who this device is aimed at.

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The Blackberry QWERTY phones are not portrait style phones, instead the screens tend to be square, or even wider than they are tall. Therefore, I doubt you can go much further than 3.5 inch without sacrificing ease of use one handed, since a 3.5in BB will probably get to about the same width as a standard phone in the 5.5in or so range. Plus, they are making regular Touchscreen phones as well, for those that want those. But most BB enthusiasts like having the keybaord.

28. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

physical keyboard is better than touchscreen keyboard. It gives less error

75. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

thanks your opinion!

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Lol, i smell further death road. No innovation.

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The BB10 OS itself is quite innovative. And, judging by their quarterly numbers released today, the death of BlackBerry is greatly exaggerated. Their numbers have improved, and will only continue to do so.

18. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

They only sold 1.3 Million phones im three months. Most of them were the old legacy devices. The hardware form only 37% from their lame revenue. What do you want to call them as ''DEAD''? They will be so irrelevant in universal phone market. Please, stop it. I love BlackBerry and I have 7 BB phones. Today I bought Bold 9780 from Walmart. BlackBerry is a great company. But, just face the truth. Written from my amazing BB Z10.

22. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

There numbers have improved. Did you really pay attention to the earnings report? They sold 3.4 million units to end users. The hardware was only 37% because they are transitioning away from hardware and more towards software. Hence the Foxconn deal. They are moving towards services as well, or did you not notice that services made up 56% for them? They are moving AWAY from the "universal phone market" and back to focusing on enterprise and governments. John Chen has said this from the beginning when he took over. Or do you only pay attention to the "doom and gloom" news? And if you have that many BlackBerry phones, then you should a bit more faith in the company. Their latest numbers put them ahead a full quarter on Chens turn around plan. If you think the ship is still going down, feel free to jump overboard.

76. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

what your smelling is your 1 week old underwear! now please change your underwear more frequently! and you wont smell yourself!

8. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I could go a little bigger on my Q10, but too much and I will loose 1-handed ease of use. That's important to me.

26. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Thealphageek1 posted what the Blackberry faithful wants? It's not about the Blackberry faithful at this point. It's about get old Blackberry customer's to return and attracting new customers. If Blackberry wants to survive. Blackberry needs to think outside the box with their portrait qwerty phones. 3.5 inch screen will not attract new customers or get old customers to return. The Q10 was a great phone but did it stop customers from leaving for Android and IOS? No. Android has proven people want bigger phones.

31. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

It is what the BlackBerry faithful want. You haven't been paying attention to John Chens strategy. He is taking the same approach that the late Steve Jobs has when he first returned to Apple to boost them back up. He is focusing on his current installed user base. Those who are still using BBOS7 handsets and those still purchasing BBOS7 handsets. He needs to convert them to BB10 handsets first. His approach in ENTERPRISE is to move those from the old BlackBerry servers to the new BES 10 servers(and then BES 12). Enterprise and governments don't really care for or need large screened phones. They are to get work done, not play the latest games or watch YouTube videos on their handsets. After they shore up these users, they can focus on large screen phones for the consumer. They are, after all, focusing on the prosumer at this point. And, if I'm not mistaken, one of those keyboard phones is supposed to have a screen larger than four inches. I will provide the link if I can find it. And the Q10 wasn't aimed at new users. That was the Z10's job. The Q10 was aimed at current BlackBerry aficionados who love their keyboard. Hell, I currently own a Z10 and would rather use a Q10 myself, as I love that hardware keyboard.

32. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I think the new direction blackberry is heading in is good for them as a company. Appealing to their main customer base is a great foundation to build upon.

33. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Nobody really cares, Chen...

34. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Nobody really cares what you have to say. Begone, troll.

36. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

One of the last BlackBerry fanboys in his natural habitat; defending what's left of BlackBerry's crumbling market share...

37. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

....said the hating troll who really doesn't know a thing about BlackBerry beyond the sensationalist headlines on phone arena. You trolls are really a sad lot. I actually feel bad for you, as you have no life beyond trolling BlackBerry articles. Deep down inside, I think you love BlackBerry. Just admit it. It's ok...

77. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you would actually look like you have intelligence if you would close that hole in your mouth!

35. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Appealing to their main customers? Have you read Blackberry's earnings report? They are losing customers by the millions every month. The Q10 and Z10 were great pieces of hardware. But yet they didn't sell. Blackberry is sitting on over a billion dollars worth of Q10 and Z10 that they couldn't sell. Making phones that appeal to the loyalist is a sure fire way to end up out of business.

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