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Blackberry's new patent shows unique QWERTY slider smartphone

News by Luke Jones on Monday September 22, 2014.

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Blackberry has taken out a patent on a bold (no pun intended) new smartphone that would hark back to some previous designs from the company.

Blackberry is in an interesting place at the moment. This is a company that has a deep knowledge of the mobile world, has huge experience in making hardware, and knows a thing or two about smartphones. However, Blackberry is starting again, almost from scratch, but with all of those years of being a major player in this industry backing it up. It's an utterly unique situation and it is going to be a ride to see what the company does from a hardware perspective over the next few years, succeed or fail.

While the company is focused in enterprise and services, hardware still remains a key part of any future growth. Blackberry still believes it is best equipped to marry its software to hardware and will begin to offer devices that fit specific niches in the company's goals. Business is of course chief among those goals, so expect devices to be ever more oriented to the productivity minded, making Blackberry almost a specialist brand. Smartphones will arrive that in terms of design and possibly function are utterly unique.

The new patent filing shows a device that looks like a QWERTY slider, a-la the Blackberry Torch from a few years ago. However, this is of course an updated design, seemingly borrowing the three tiered keyboard from the upcoming Blackberry Passport. Unlike the square screened Passport, this new handset will get a rectangular screen, although it will almost certainly be touch enabled too. The patent was first filed on June 14th, 2012, which suggests it was an update for the Torch, but Blackberry revived the filing on September 9th, 2014 which says the company is moving ahead with making the device beyond just developing it as a concept product. Here's what the patent filing says about the handset:

A keyboard portion is configured to move (with respect to a housing) between a deployed position and a non-deployed position. A cover pivotally couples to the housing and is configured to at least partially cover the keyboard portion when the keyboard portion is in the non-deployed position and to reveal the keyboard portion when the keyboard portion is in the deployed position. By one approach the cover is configured to move the keyboard portion between the deployed position and the non-deployed position as the cover pivots with respect to the housing.

Sources are suggesting that this handset will be launched during the second quarter of 2015 and that is will boast a 5.5-inch screen. So a 5.5-inch screen with a full QWERTY keyboard on the bottom? Get ready for a pretty massive handset Blackberry fans!

source: Pat

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