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