The first live pictures of the canceled BlackBerry Ontario leaked out
by Cosmin Vasile / May 14, 2017, 4:12 PM
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.
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Such a bad move, higher-ups must've been stuck in their qwerty box.
posted on May 14, 2017, 4:23 PM 1
I agree. The whole QWERTY keyboard thing is so lame and ancient news.
posted on May 14, 2017, 9:24 PM 1
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.
posted on May 14, 2017, 5:10 PM 2
Best is entirely subjective. It depends on what you mean by best.
posted on May 14, 2017, 9:25 PM 0
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