Concept design for first BlackBerry 10 device has it all

Concept design for first BlackBerry 10 device has it all
With rumors circulating (what else do you want rumors to do?) that the first BlackBerry 10 OS device will be called the BlackBerry Blade and come with enough new features that the device will be a, ahem, "iPhone-killer," Toronto design firm Pixelcarve created a concept phone that certainly has an interesting look. A curved body and a thin vertical slider make this design one that would catch the eye of many smartphone buyers and allow BlackBerry to shed that stodgy corporate image.

The rumored specs for the BlackBerry Blade include a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.5 inch AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution, a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter (remember when a 5MP camera on back was outrageous?) and this device will support 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspots.

While we have no official word from RIM about the BlackBerry Blade, the design from Pixelcarves is a way of telling RIM that this is what their first BlackBerry 10 model smartphone should look like. Remember, this might be RIM's last chance to stay relevant in the smartphone world. No longer can the manufacturer be content to almost match iOS and Android like they did with the BB 7 flavored BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. Even matching the duo might not be enough. This time, RIM needs to blow away the fans, pundits and the competition with something that goes above and beyond anything that is currently available.

source: BlackBerryOS

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30 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

IPhone killer? Really rim? I hope its only your propaganda machine thats set to 2008. Cuz if you're design team is too, you might a well give it up now.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Really! The only thing BB is, is a BB killer... RIM sucks!!!

13. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

First of all cleverLame, RIM didn't quote this as being an iPhone-Killer, Allan F. did, so cut RIM some slack here. I think you and allot of the replies on here are being a tad tough on RIM. You have to remember RIM essentially paved the way, for some of the great features we enjoy on our devices today and once upon a time they were the king of the market place, so we should try and keep an open mind because who truly knows what could happen. After all, it seems like there are some heavy hitters out there looking to give RIM a helping hand so to speak so we just might see them make something special like they once did in the past.

3. dejahu

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Personally, it doesn't matter how well-built and innovative a blackberry device is. The mere fact that it has an app marketplace that's #1 game is Angry Pigs, I'll pass.

6. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Clearly, the target customer is not a teen.

4. Gusto

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I think the design from Pixelcarves will be far from the truth. It is impossible to be that thin, have that much of specs, and have good battery. And for a corporated phone, the battery should be the mais issue.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Invariably design concepts run up against practical realities. A quad-core chipset, 720p screen in a package that thin will have a battery life of what? 1 hour? Ironically, if RIM could pull off producing a handset with the concept's specs, and a 10-hour talk time, it would manage to recover a lot of lost ground. RIM would still need to have a larger selection in its App store, however.

20. bovcrx

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

BlackBerry 10 will load android apps just like the PlayBook. More apps will be playable by the time their first qnx phone is out.

5. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

With the software all to verify, this design is nicer than any other non Apple device out there. It's elegant, looks sturdy, has a serious looking and that would appeal again to corporate and government agencies or just to people that like high end feeling in his hands. I would opt for a slightly less curved body, closer to the G Nexus. But, again, the software has to be as nice otherwise it will fail for good!

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hi! Haaaaaavvve ya met Nokia? N9, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 make Apple stuff look like toys

27. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Hi! Been a Nokia user straight from '95 to '07, my last one was the 6681 (paid $500 unlocked) which I still have and cherish and you're right, they are high end devices. I haven't checked the latest models because from Blackberry I'm jumping to an Android device pretty soon but I will take a look at them if I see them in some store.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If this phone actually comes truth, I might give it a try since it's a lot different looking than tons of Android phones out there. The design form factor for Android hasn't changed much. I don't even want to bring up Apple devices. 4 & 4s all look the same. BB 10 might the their turning point, but... won't be release until late this year... wtf... COME ON!! Throw some money and push this out to the real world already. YOU ARE LOSING MARKET SHARE, RIM!!!!!

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Looks awesome. If its available when its time for me to upgrade it will be a tough choice for me between this and a high end android.

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

it looks like uncomfortable with that width and so thin while typing on that qwerty.

10. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I really can't picture a BB device having a 4.5 screen

30. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

then think outside the box!

11. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

I'm confused here ppl...what's a Blackberry?

15. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

It was the phone that EVERYBODY was addicted to (at the point to need a psycologist) when you were little. It's like a VHS player, it was magic at the time, a lot of people still has one but everybody is replacing it, for good reasons. Respect!

21. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I think that is the definition of ...umm... Nokia!

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nokia =/= "Crack-berry".

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

A 5mp front cam??? Seriously??? You need that much for a video conference?

28. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

you dont... but why not?

16. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

4.5 inch screen with a slide out keypad in a thin body with a 12mp shooter at the back? Thats hard to accomplish if you want good battery life and resonably good poctures from that camera.

17. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Jerks stole my design. I drew up something like this 3 years ago. The ultimate form factor, I love it. Too bad its from RIM.

18. dejahu

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Blackberry's goal with this phone and in general is to show that they can make an attractive device for the general consumer, not just former corporate blackberry enthusiasts. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't believe that even when bundling in cutting-edge specs they won't be able to sway the masses. Their "App World" marketplace is slim pickings for anything that people currently use with Android and iPhone. These consumers would know they are sacrificing too much to get back with their BBM-enabled device that they used to love. The app store is the key to becoming relevant in today's world of app-dependancy.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wish they would do away with that center touchpad/button. I use to have a Blackberry Bold 9700 that was one of the first to come out with that and I can tell you that after JUST a year it becomes worn down and becomes ultra sensitive to the slightest touch. Whenever I would try to scroll with the thing it would open an app I didn't want it to open. I don't even think its necessary when you have a touchscreen device.

22. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

While I agree with everyone here that the rumored specs are about as real as a SyFy Saturday night movie plot, that is one gorgeous device. If BB10 is truly as good as Blackberry is hoping it is, they may be able to keep the life raft afloat for a little while longer. I still think RIM is moving to slow to keep their marketshare, and need a little more imagination if they want to grow past what they are right now. I also still believe that no company in this mobile enviorment can do Software and Hardware forever and stay on top. But.... have I metioned that is a gorgeous phone??? Prove us wrong, Blackberry. I will be happy to admit it.

23. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Great. Now all it needs is an OS that's worth paying for and more apps that are a little more up-scale than "calendar advanced"

24. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Oh man with bb 10 and windows 8 coming I cant wait for my upgrade in November, it may be by by andriod

29. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I think rim should give the best of both worlds with bb 10, they should keep building their keyboard style phones for people who still want them, and at the same time license out the software to companies like HTC and Samsung, and let them build for other Target niches, what's going to make or brake it for rim is if they can appeal to touchscreen lovers while not forgetting their die hard keyboard fanatics.

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