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

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Such a bad move, higher-ups must've been stuck in their qwerty box.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Better something that differentiates, like the pkb, than the same old full touch slab, IMO.

10. Tony_Stark unregistered

I agree. The whole QWERTY keyboard thing is so lame and ancient news.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Lame" and "ancient" is entirely subjective. Especially when you take into account the innovations that BlackBerry has brought to QWERTY/physical keyboard.

20. Tony_Stark unregistered

Calling it the best mobile os is subjective. Just because it was innovative before doesn't stop it from being ancient.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Saying it's ancient is subjective. Just because you think it is, doesn't make it so.

26. Tony_Stark unregistered

I didn't say it wasn't subjective. You have to understand that we have different tastes.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

I didn't say that you didn't say it wasn't subjective. You have to understand that I definitely know that I was just "clarifying" it.

33. Tony_Stark unregistered

Then there's no need for this discussion if you didn't say it then.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then stop responding. It's that simple.

40. Tony_Stark unregistered

Don't start. It's that simple.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Take your own advice. It's that simple.

46. Tony_Stark unregistered

Don't start an argument you can't finish. It's that simple.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Take your own advice, mxyzptlk. It's that simple.

52. Tony_Stark unregistered

My name is Tony Stark. Get over your obsession with Mxyzptlk. It's that simple.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you're mxyzptlk, and you're not fooling anyone. It's that simple.

58. Tony_Stark unregistered

You're a man obsessed, and it's really sad. It's that simple.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're a troll obsessed with multiple accounts mxyzptlk, and everyone knows it.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The Mi Mix before the Mix.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

only with much bigger black bezels

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: 22109; 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: 22109; 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: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

webOS. 'Nuff said.

22. Tony_Stark unregistered

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

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

He clarified it himself. Your "clarifying" his comment wasn't necessary.

27. Tony_Stark unregistered

You giving me a lecture on it isn't necessary.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22109; Member since: May 28, 2014

You complaining about me pointing out your redundancy isn't necessary.

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