The Q10 hasn’t even been released yet, and Blackberry is already looking at new designs for it’s iconic portrait QWERTY phone design.
Newly filed patents show a concept for a keyboard that will expand or contract with a sliding mechanism at the bottom of the phone. The benefits of this design is that they might be able to provide a larger touchscreen for the device while still including a hardware QWERTY that people love so much.
Typical QWERTY phones have a lot of extra bulk because of sliding mechanisms and the keyboard parts. There’s no word yet as to whether this keyboard will be the traditional hardware variety, or a software screen. If they are looking to keep sizes small, they might want to go with a software keyboard. That would defeat the purpose of an additional keyboard all together though.
I’m not really quite sure how Blackberry plans to implement this, but I think they should focus on releasing the Q10 before looking at new designs. Baby steps guys. Get re-established in the market before you start testing crazy features.
Then again, similar phones have already been made with varying degrees of success. Here’s a few
Source – engadget
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