Blackberry with side-slide QWERTY keyboard

Convenient data entry is one the key selling points for Blackberry devices. So it’s no wonder that Research in Motion has been experimenting with various keypad configurations/layouts for a while now.

None of them have translated into an actual mobile phone yet, but with all those funds going into handset usability R&D, something new and interesting is bound to come out of the RIM labs eventually.

The latest RIM patent application for a phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, got us thinking of how the actual Blackberry device with such configuration may look like. And, with a little help from Photoshop,  here’s what we got:

blackberry-side-slide-keyboard.jpg

Looks rather interesting, especially if you add an optical touchscreen, that RIM has been working on for a while too.

Will such a device become part of the new upcoming Blackberry 9000 series? I have no idea.

But it would certainly be an interesting Blackberry to play with.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • ALBACURKI

    i think this phone looks good but, ive never heard of it before so is it an actual good phone?
    is it sold in Australia? (:

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  • Vicky

    I would love this phone and hopefully they will bring it out soon. As long the trackball is kept.

  • ronny

    that phone looks quite ugly

  • qwerty all the way

    i wish they would get rid of touchscreen, and keep it simple, i hate touchscreen, but i am really after a blackberry ( pref slide/flip) its what i am used to. could look worse i guess!!!

  • qwerty all the way

    i wish they would get rid of touchscreen, and keep it simple, i hate touchscreen, but i am really after a blackberry ( pref slide/flip) its what i am used to. could look worse i guess!!!