Shell of a smartphone – the BlackBerry Kopi's panels emerge from oblivion


When BlackBerry's John Chen stepped inas CEO last year, he had to decide the fate of two series of BB10smartphones, the K and C series. Among them was the BlackBerry Kopi,a lowly QWERTY model that appeared to be in prototype status. Ithad a cheap plastic build and its physical keyboard seemed a littlerough around the edges, but it had BlackBerry written all over it.



Ultimately, Mr. Chen decided to abandonthese series in favor of the recently-introduced Z3. Or did he? Whiletime will tell if he made the right decision, it appears that theKopi phone, or at least its outer shell, is still a thing of interestfor someone in Asia. As you can see from these photos, sourced fromthe Weibo social network, the Kopi looks like a miniature Z10 with aQWERTY keyboard. 


It also echoes the BlackBerry Windermere concept toan extent, although it certainly doesn't look as slick. The phonelacks the signature BlackBerry "toolbelt", but it has frontand rear cameras, the latter with a LED flash. It also appears to bea single-SIM device.



Unfortunately, there is littleinformation we can milk out of these photos. The Kopi couldeventually come to the market, or it could simply drift away inBlackBerry's product throwaway room – who knows?



source: Weibovia MobileSyrup

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37 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I type slower on BB keyboards than I did my enV Touch (best keyboard on a phone). Price it right, and it could have some potential.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Where is the flagship? But no matter what, wish you all the best, BlackBerry.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Z30..?

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No, BlackBerry's 2014 flagship, so it should be Z50.

3. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry has no flagship. They are done!

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Are you done? All of your posts in PA are trolling and bashing on BlackBerry articles, you must be some idiot here with multiple accounts. Troll.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How do you know he has multiple accounts? Funny you say that because we all know you do...

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't get back to the old times again, Smurf. Forget about my "multiple accounts" thing, that was long time ago. Now, we're talking about this guy, you only see him on BlackBerry articles, so if it's not multiple accounts then what is it? How does he know when PA will post a BlackBerry article? I see something suspicious here. Oh, I don't have multiple accounts anymore. If I still have it, I will be banned right now.

11. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

So what phone will you be getting when Blackberry goes out of business...just curious

15. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

So what phone do you have? Or are you still sneaking around using your mom's phone? Just curious....

16. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Android all the way. You never answered my question. When Blackberry goes out of business what will you get

20. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry is not going out of business. So I will still be using my BlackBerry.

7. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Give Chen the 5 years he promised, then judge.

10. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

They wont be around in five years

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Hopefully, you won't be around PA in the next 5 minutes! You really don't have a life, do you?

18. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Still avoiding the questions. You fanyboys are something else

21. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Still trolling on BlackBerry articles. You trolls are something else.

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Still trolling BlackBerry articles? You are LAME!

12. ddavis7387

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

i think Chen will turn Berry around. I had the Z10 and it was a good phone, i liked it better than my old GS3. i have a Z30 and a Nexus 5 now and my Berry is still my go to phone. Now i dont think they will ever have 20% market share because Blackberry isn't for everybody, but i do think they will rebound.

17. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Go Chen!!! I am rooting for you all the way!! All the naysayers like apiskula should eat some dung with ketchup!!

19. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Wait until the day it happens. Blackberry is on life support

22. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Give it a rest, troll. No one cares what you think. BlackBerry is alive and getting better every day.

23. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

You should be the new spokesperson for Blackberry. As you say they are getting better everyday. Have you seen the market share? Facility closures? Layoffs? Executives leaving? Yeah they are getting better. How layoffs has Google had? What about the market share? Gets your facts right fanboy. So I pose this question again when Blackberry goes out of business what will be your next phone?

24. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I dont see how is he a fanboy here??

25. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Get YOUR facts straight, troll: the only facilities that closed are the ones that they intentionally sold off. The executives that have left were either forced out for not holding up their end or left due to not fitting in with J. Chens agenda. The market share bleeding has stopped. Their stock is up 40%. The market agrees with the new direction that BlackBerry is moving in. But you would know all of this if you read news from other sources than phonearena and it you didn't have Google's d**k lodged so deep in your a$$. You haters make me laugh. Now I've got a question for you, troll. If you despise BlackBerry so much, why do you waste your time and effort on BlackBerry articles? I guarantee you don't have a suitable explanation. Trolls only know how to troll.

26. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Such language child. You liberals love to run your mouth about things and spew items that name absolutely no sense at all. The market share bleeding has stopped? Not sure where you are reading your news but the market continues to worsen the Blackberry. Even the windows phoes have overtaken Blackberry now. John Chen is not going to save Blackberry at all. Blackberry continues to tank and cash reserves will only last long. They are done

29. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry is not done, little boy. And if you don't like my language towards you, refrain from using the term liberal with me, b***h a$$. And like I said, I get my news from other sources besides phonearena, unlike you, troll. BlackBerry is sitting on a good amount of cash reserves with no debt. Most companies can't say that. Haters like you have been saying BlackBerry is done for over 3 years now, but they're still here. Face facts, they're not going anywhere. 3 years from now they will still be here. And the only thing that will be done is your foolish hating.

30. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And learn how to spell! It's not phoes, it's PHONES. How can you NOT be embarrassed to post on articles and you can't even spell correctly? How do you expect anyone to take you seriously, Apiskula?

27. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Apiskula. ....you have come again. Enter the z30 and I dear tell you that it's sure better than the iphone. BB ain't going down nitwit. They make lovely phones they pioneered so many features copied by your boring iphone. Even the recent keyboard copied by Secrest. So please give it up for BB. They will surely bounce back. And please don't even compare to windows the most boring phone alive. All in all it's good to have options and more options. It makes the world a better place. More jobs more happiness....

28. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry is done. No way they can continue their current ways of doing business and survive. Chen will not change things around. I have seen and used the new Blackberry's and they are terrible compared to android.

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