Mysterious QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry 10 prototype appears

Mysterious QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry 10 prototype appears
The other day, we showed you a picture purportedly of the BlackBerry Jakarta aka BlackBerry Z3. While this is one of the low-end models being designed, produced and warehoused by Foxconn, BlackBerry is believed to be working on a pair of high-end models in-house. One is expected to be the quad-core powered BlackBerry Ontario while the second could be a 64 bit octa-core model.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already said that most new BlackBerry phones will feature a QWERTY keyboard.  And that brings us to a couple of leaked photographs showing us both sides of a QWERTY equipped BlackBerry handset. The odd looking device has brought forth some rumors. One is that the device pictured is nothing more than an early prototype of the BlackBerry Q5.

Another possibility is that this is a developer model for an upcoming high-end BlackBerry 10 device, possibly the Windermere. That model is supposedly one of the two high-end models we spoke about last December. Even if it is the Windermere, it almost certainly does not look like a final design.


source: hibbers.com via Crackberry

UPDATE: We have some more information on the BlackBerry Windemere, which is apparently the device pictured. The keys can be pressed on, but numbers and other keys would be accessed using a swipe gesture. Because it is so wide, BlackBerry is thinking about allowing two apps to run side-by-side at the same time.

source: BGR

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45 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's probably the ugliest phone I've ever seen in my life.

2. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Omg jajaja can't stop laughing, it's so boxy and... weird.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

is the j really an 'h' - just wondering

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

jajaja = hahaha in Spanish. In Spanish, the 'j' has the same sound as the 'h' in English, hence jajaja.

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

oh yeahhhhh..errr....yeajjjjjjj

42. YoJerms1977

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Well why does he laugh in Spanish, but make the rest of his comments in English?

44. g2a5b0e unregistered

I read your comment before I looked at the pics & I thought to myself, "Smurf needs to stop exaggerating & being so damn dramatic." I looked at the pics. I take it back.

45. Sriniva1995

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

True that..... it looks like chen has engineers who basically suck....:-D

3. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Wow that is ugly...

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, and tremendous phone I ever seen. What a piece of craftsmanship this phone have. Just wow.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You forgot to take this with you /s

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm talking about vertu. Dude

40. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Vertue ,,,, Nokia's lost glory

5. HASHTAG unregistered

After seeing this, I think that BlackBerry has traveled back 10 years in the past. That design is simply awful!

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

No, they did not travel back in time. Actually, they traveled forward into the future - the future where the only employee left at BB is John Chen. This is the WORST example I have seen yet to wear the BB/RIM logo.

39. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Doubt this is the finished product.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Blackberry...will you die already....lol...this company is so incompetent - makes Microsoft look like APPLE....

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

What in this article makes them incompetent? Troll elsewhere, loser...

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The company as a whole is incompetent as they have failed to adapt to the marketplace....actually not a troll, but someone who knows that Blackberry's time is done - they should just make software for other OSes...SEGA is a good example of a company who recognized that it was time to get out the console market....

18. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And you would be the expert on such matters? Please...there time is nowhere near done. Their stock has been rallying. The New CEO John Chen has been making all of the right moves and decisions to make the company profitable again. The three incompetents before Chen is who brought the company to where it is now. He's been bringing it back. A year or two from now when the company is still here and profitable, I'd like you to be one of the first to come on this site and recant your negative words.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I love how a troll calls someone who has been on this site for almost 4 years, a troll....hi-larry-us

19. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Then you're 4 years a troll.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

hmmm, clearly you do not know much about what is going on with Blackberry - go ahead and read up on their marketshare and their many mishaps over the years, and then get back with me...please, be better informed before you call someone a troll...

23. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Clearly I do and you DON'T. That's why I can call you a troll, troll....

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

See, there you go, again. Look up Blackberry, and see how well it is doing - it is barely hanging on for its life....they should do what SEGA did, as at least SEGA knew when to give up..apparently, you do not...

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

also, look up the definition of a troll, in terms of the internet - if I was trolling, I would be bringing up something not related to Blackberry - well? Get going, you got some researching to do - and your name is alphageek, which is not very apropo, mind you...maybe alphanoob is a better suited name...

37. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I know what troll means, you troll. And if you don't have anything meaningful to add, perhaps you should keep your mouth shut and let the ADULTS have an ADULT conversation. Why would you hope for the downfall of any company? You must not be pro-choice or understand that choice is good for the industry and the consumer. You don't like BlackBerry? Fine. Go to a non-BlackBerry article and post all you want. And you keep bringing up SEGA. You must have been a big fan. Probably broke your heart when they went out of business. You need to follow suit and go out away from BlackBerry related articles. And clearly, you only get your news from phonearena, or you would know how BlackBerry stock is the rise. Networkdood? More like NetworkDUD....

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This 'design' makes me want to go out and buy a Bold 9930, just to send a vote with my wallet to BB that their new product designs are crap and that they should stop right now. I just can't bring myself to waste a contract upgrade, so I won't.

11. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Not bad, looks like it may be a bit stretched horizontally. Looks very much like it could be an early prototype.

13. X.E.R.O. unregistered

Blackberry just made their death wish. Hideous doesn't even cut it.

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