Patent award suggests BlackBerry Torch style BlackBerry 10 model could be coming

Patent award suggests BlackBerry Torch style BlackBerry 10 model could be coming
A patent award received by BlackBerry hints at a possible BlackBerry Torch styled model to be added to the BlackBerry 10 li ne-up. The patent was filed back in December 2011 and covers a portrait QWERTY slider. The BlackBerry Torch was an attempt by BlackBerry to meld a touchscreen with the BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard. However, the keyboard was smaller by design than the well-loved QWERTY seen on other models like the BlackBerry Bold 9000. Eventually, after the BlackBerry Torch failed to ignite (yes, we are that good) sales, the Canadian manufacturer revisited the look and feel of the Bold 9000 with the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 which offered a touchscreen and an luscious QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Bold form factor can be seen in the BlackBerry Q10 and if you look close enough at the diagram that accompanies the patent application, you can see more than a hint of the Q10 on the QWERTY part of the phone in the diagram. All of this doesn't mean that a BlackBerry Torch style handset is coming to BlackBerry 10. But we have seen the company willing to give a form factor another chance, so why not a BlackBerry 10 Torch?

source: USPTO via BerryReview

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6 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Will fail hard

2. MachDaddy

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

I disagree, at least among blackberry users. Those who are loyal to BB will go with their current favourite style - curve/bold being q10, and torch being this model. Believe it or not there are those out there who would like a big touchscreen but don't want to type on it. This is the phone for them. And fail or not, thank goodness not everyone is just doing a touch-screen only slab. Variety is nice don't ya think?

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Portrait slider.... My favorite form factor. From my trusty, die hard Motorola Karma to my enjoyable Palm Pre Plus, I loved that style. If BlackBerry wants me to really consider their new OS, this would get me to pay attention. Because, of course, BB really gives a crud what I think....

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The problem for BB is their market has largely moved on. A day late and a dollar short.

5. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Fail before it ever gets our the door. Blackberry is complete junk!

6. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

If Nokia and WindowsPhone don't get off their butt and announce a phone like this in the near future.. I maybe just switching over to BB. I love my Dell Venue Pro and can't wait to have another more modern one with a good camera. This is exactly the kind of phone I like.

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