The first live pictures of the canceled BlackBerry Ontario leaked out


We rarely have the chance to peek behind the curtains and have a look at some of the prototypes that handset makers are testing before unleashing new products on the market. BlackBerry isn't making phones any longer, but three years ago the Canadian company tried a comeback in the smartphone market.

One of the devices that should've heralded BlackBerry's return was codenamed “Ontario.” The first information about the smartphone leaked about three years ago, around the same time we heard about the BlackBerry Passport.

BlackBerry Ontario was supposed to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and the brand new BlackBerry 10.3 OS on board. The Ontario would have been BlackBerry's new flagship replacing the Z30 back in 2014.

Unfortunately, the Ontario had never seen the light of day, while the BlackBerry Passport made it to market in fall 2014. A couple of pictures of the canceled BlackBerry Ontario reveal an all-touch smartphone, unlike the Passport which comes with full QWERTY keyboard.

It's unclear why BlackBerry decided to ditch the Ontario in favor of the QWERTY-based Passport, but the latter hasn't debuted to raving reviews at all.

source: CrackBerry

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63 Comments

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Must be desperate for something to write about if all you've got to talk about is cancelled phones!!

15. LiveFaith

Posts: 524; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I doubt this would have done much of anything to revive BB. But, it at least has some appeal to it, unlike that butt ugly and stupid Passport. Anyway, at least BB tried to bring something different to market. If the Android phone they sold with slider board came with a stylus like the Note, then I would be a BB owner. I was very impressed with a lot about that device.

6. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Too bad they couldn't have released both the Ontario and the Passport. It would've been interesting to see which sold more units. The Passport with it's fantastic innovative new keyboard or the more mainstream all touch display on the Ontario...

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. I would have loved to see which one sold more.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It wouldn't have sold well. Don't you know? It's not universally unlocked.

21. Tony_Stark unregistered

What are you talking about?

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Got 'eeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmm! +1 for the realization. I thought I was the only one. It's so obvious.

28. Tony_Stark unregistered

What did he get? The only one who has a super hero avatar? No, you aren't.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who said anything about super hero avatars? Please stop deflecting.

35. Tony_Stark unregistered

You tell me. You're the one assuming.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why should I tell you about something that you brought up? And there is no "assuming" necessary. You're too obvious. That's why others have noticed who you really are. You're not fooling anyone here.

42. Tony_Stark unregistered

Obviously you have an obsession. You should just confess and let it go.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obviously you have multiple account disorder. You should get some help for that.

48. Tony_Stark unregistered

Obviously you have every one in the book. You are the one who should consider getting some help.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, it's hilarious that you keep trying to deflect from the fact that you're mxyzptlk with multiple account disorder. I insist that you seek treatment for that immediately.

54. Tony_Stark unregistered

No, hilarious is you picking this fight just because you're a little man possessed with an obsession. You should get help.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, nerve touched, deep in your gut, mxyzptlk. Now stop being so dramatic and go seek help for your multiple account disorder.

60. Tony_Stark unregistered

Obviously you're the one who has the touched nerves. May I remind you that you are the one who started this. You should be the one seeking help.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Projection at its finest. I expected nothing less from you, mxyzptlk.

32. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2126; Member since: May 29, 2014

Dam! Got called out already huh? Such a lame attempt Michelle. We all know it's you. I would say the jig is up but it never got off the ground to begin with.

37. Tony_Stark unregistered

Cool story said no one ever.

12. Tony_Stark unregistered

I would have loved the Ontario. Or something similar. I like the form factor.

4. Eraman

Posts: 164; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Damn it I was really hooping to have an SD8xx Z30..

3. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I would have bought the upgrade to the z30, but by then the writing was on the wall for the BB10 OS unfortunately. It will go down as the best mobile OS in history imo - but the "app gap" made BlackBerry readjust and go with the Android platform. We shall see how well the TCL/BlackBerry KeyOne does. I suspect it will be the best seller since the BlackBerry heydays.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with you, John. BB10 is the best mobile OS. IMO as well.

11. Tony_Stark unregistered

Best is entirely subjective. It depends on what you mean by best.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23076; Member since: May 28, 2014

He said "imo" . He already made his statement subjective.

17. Spider-man

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2015

So many good things lost to time.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

webOS. 'Nuff said.

22. Tony_Stark unregistered

I never said he didn't. I clarified it.

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