Three unannounced BlackBerry models are photographed

Three unannounced BlackBerry models are photographed
BlackBerry continues to churn ahead with the development of new models. Images of three new, unannounced phones were published on Monday. The first one is the sequel to the BlackBerry Passport, known as the BlackBerry Oslo. We've seen pictures of this handset earlier this month.

Expected to feature similar specs as the Passport including the 1440 x 1440 resolution screen, we should see a Snapdragon 800 chipset under the hood, a 13MP back-facing camera with OIS, and a large 3450mAh capacity battery. The phone will employ the same contextually aware physical and virtual QWERTY with the extra keys on the screen showing up based on what you are writing. We could see this handset unveiled on June 30th.

The second model is the P'9984. BlackBerry faithful know that when they see that P' prefix, it means that a BlackBerry Porsche Design model is coming. This year, the Porsche Design phone will be modeled after the Passport, right down to that special QWERTY keyboard on the device done up in the futuristic Porsche Design style.

Lastly, there are multiple images of what is being called the BlackBerry Slider or the BlackBerry Venice. It appears to have a curved screen design and a front-facing speaker on the bottom of the device. With this narrow look and the code name Slider, the model could actually be a slider similar to the BlackBerry Torch 9810, which was released in 2011.

The BlackBerry Slider/Venice is top-shelf all the way from the 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution screen, to the octa-core CPU. A 3650mAh battery keeps the lights on, and the phone would offer a 16MP rear-facing camera along with a 5MP front-facing snapper. This handset could make a debut this coming fall.

Which of the three handsets could you see your self sporting sometime later this year?

source:, Weibo/dtblackberry via (translated)



1. gaming64 unregistered

Blackberry, enough with the keyboards.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

The physical keyboards are what help BlackBerry differentiate in the smartphone arena. They are also what the majority of BlackBerry's user base wants. Look it up if you don't believe me. For those wanting an all touch BlackBerry, the Slider can be used without ever sliding it up to access the PKB. It has a VKB as well. Best of both worlds. You're not in the market for a BlackBerry device anyway, so what do you care?

3. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

No! This is the only way to differentiate themself, from Android and iOS devices. BB Passport is nice, a slider-phone is a nice idea too. I wish there were more Android phones with a physical keyboard, just as an option.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's like telling HTC enough with the Boomsound speakers, and telling Sony enough with waterproof, and telling Samsung enough with the S Pen. Physical keyboard is BlackBerry's signature, nothing wrong with that.

13. gaming64 unregistered

Finally someone who understands.

14. gaming64 unregistered

I know it's a signature but people arent into keyboards anymore. I just want Blackberry to also release a phone that would suit in with today's smartphones.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

The market that BlackBerry caters the ones that want the signature BlackBerry Physical Keyboard. I really don't understand why it's so hard for so many people to understand that. BlackBerry's aren't for everyone. When they first came on the scene they were only going after the business professional and governments. John Chen has taken them back to that. It's what works for BlackBerry.

84. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ah, so you want the Z30. Go buy one. Theyre awesome.

86. djinn

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

Says who? You? Not all people can use virtual keyboards comfortably. If a top-shelf android phone with a physical keyboard ever comes I'd get that in an instant, never mind who makes it!

92. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

gaming64... push your agenda someplace else,,

93. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

gamin64, why do are you sleeping? wake up ! wake up !

16. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The problem is, what happens if your signature becomes obsolete? It is not better to develop a new and innovative signature?

59. okuyok

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

It's not obsolete. BB still sells millions of phones. Just because they serve a niche market doesn't make them obsolete.

72. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

selling less and less and less IT'S A SIGN that's the strategy is NOT working. They need something new/fresh idea.

90. okuyok

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Believe it or not the CD, cassette/reel-to-reel tape and vinyle records and film industries still sell enough product to be viable profit making businesses They all servce a niche market. BB has no delusions that they're competing with Apple and Samsung.

96. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

if you say so... and your also wrong !

94. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

its not a problem, stop trying to make something that is not a problem into a problem! if you dont like it, move on !

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. This is the touch screen age. If blackberry wants to become relevant, they need to get with the times.

20. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

and the OS. Nobody want that BB OS anymore. It's prone to error and hang. Not to mention the limited apps selection.

25. gaming64 unregistered

I havent use Blackberry OS so I wont judge. The only thing I agree with in your comment is its limited apps selection. Productivity OS, huh? What's the use if you can't use other productivity apps that are helpful?

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Please do not believe what Jane has to say concerning BlackBerry. BB10 devices are capable of running 98% of all Android apps quite well. BB10 is also lightyears ahead of BBOS. They're two totally different OS's. I not only have BlackBerry World on my Passport, but the Amazon app store, 1 Mobile Market Android app store, and the Google Play Store. All of which are used to download whatever apps you desire. BlackBerry World focuses on enterprise and productivity apps.

63. gaming64 unregistered

But please tell me if most of the apps are compatible with most of the Blackberries released.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, the apps are compatible with BlackBerry 10 devices. BlackBerry 10 and BBOS7 are two different OS's. There are some here which would have you believe they are one and the same. They are lightyears apart.

67. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

This is where it will get ugly. 1. If the apps use the google apps API (not the android API), it won't compatible with BB. Such as syncronize saved game, G+ for game, etc. 2. Even though the apps use android API, BB only support up to certain level. and IT SUCKS. SLOW, PRONE TO ERROR!!! So, if you want simple fart apps, or lights app. It will surely run on BB. But if you want the state of the art game (newest, latest), don't buy BB. Buy the real stuff.

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're lying, and are CLEARLY showing that you have no idea what a BlackBerry 10 handset is capable of. The Android runtime on BB10 supports Android apk's made for kitkat. That means any "state of the art" game that runs on kitkat will run just fine on BlackBerry 10 devices. Only the 2% or of Android apps that need Google Services to run won't work on BlackBerry 10 handsets out of the box, and there are work-arounds that allow Google services to effortlessly on BlackBerry 10 handsets. Need me to post a link proving my point?

73. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Now we're talking.... 1. that's the things... support UP TO KITKAT (api level 19), which is a 3 years ago API. Now, we're on the lollipop with api level 22. 2. While you said that any game that run on kitkat will run just fine. You really need to define FINE. Because running android apps on BB is not a straight forward process, sometimes apps build for ICS could also have a HICKUP or BAD PERFORMANCE. 3. Only 2%... BUT THAT'S most of the QUALITY APPS were. The one that allow state of the art auto saving accross device etc. Not the 'cheap' fart apps. 4. work arounds? who cares!! Why should I waste my 10 hours to do work around, if I could get an android phone and do it in 1 minute? and that's not guarantee if the apps were updated I could still use it.

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now we're talking indeed. BlackBerry 10.3.1 supports kitkat. 10.3.2 will support lollipop. 10.3.2 is due to come out THIS YEAR. You haven't used a BB10 handset before, let alone run Android apps on them. I know for a FACT through EXPERIENCE that running Android apps on a BlackBerry 10 device is as straightforward as it gets. Navigate to any number of Android app stores one might have on their BlackBerry, click on app store, find the app you wish to download and do so OTA. These are all QUALITY APPS, NOT those FART APPS you seem to be so infatuated with. Had you actually used a BB10 device.before, you would know this. You're more of an !Diot than I thought if you think that ANY work around to bypass Google services takes 10 hours. It takes minutes, and ALL the apps are the most up-to-date version. All of the Android app stores that can be loaded onto a BlackBerry 10 device, like Google Play, Snap, Amazon and 1 Mobile Market even alert you when the app you've download has a new version available. You really need to get with the times and stop ASSUMING you know what BB10 is about, because you don't.

83. Thunderbuck

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

BB10 supports JellyBean. Not so old. There's an easy hack to get Google Play to run on it. ALL KINDS of productivity apps and games run on BB10 at this point; apart from Google's own apps I haven't had any trouble running APKs. Most significantly, Microsoft's Office Mobile and OneNote both run really well.

78. osama32

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

there are lots of work around to get google services to work and its just going to get more compatible, you can download the official play store now, go kill yourself

98. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you dont have any real stuff, you clearly made your agenda 'HATE' for blackberry, peons like you accomplish NOTHING !

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