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Concept design for first BlackBerry 10 device has it all

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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.

Concept design for first BB 10 phone

Concept design for first BB 10 phone

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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posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:21 6

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:31 4

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 24907; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 14:19 16

13. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:43 1

3. dejahu (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Feb 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:59 18

6. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

Clearly, the target customer is not a teen.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:55 1

4. Gusto (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Mar 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 14:40

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 00:12 1

20. bovcrx (Posts: 81; Member since: 06 Mar 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:57 1

5. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 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!

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 01:32 2

25. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 01:49 2

27. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 11:34 1

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 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!!!!!

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 11:51 1

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 12:22

9. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 12:31 3

10. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 17:52

30. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

then think outside the box!

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 13:32 2

11. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 14:50 4

15. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 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!

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 00:22 1

21. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 01:35

26. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Nokia =/= "Crack-berry".

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 14:00

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 02:46

28. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

you dont... but why not?

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 15:02 1

16. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 15:05

17. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 15:24

18. dejahu (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Feb 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.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 17:44

19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 00:55

22. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 15:06

23. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 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"

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 20:35 1

24. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 14:08

29. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 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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