Several months ago we saw some patent drawings from BlackBerry about their next device popped up on the internet, which started the speculations and talks about another unique device from BlackBerry with the codenames Visa and Victoria.
The BlackBerry Visa (we'll refer to the two devices with just the Visa) is planned to be a hybrid device as it combines both physical keyboard and touch screen display, just like the Passport. As you can see from the images above, what makes the Visa unique is its ability to hide the keyboard when not in use. To understand how BlackBerry planned to hide the Visa keyboard, check out the drawings below.
From the images above, you should notice that one out of three rows of the keyboard remains visible while hiding the keyboard, makes us wondering if it has a purpose or simply that BlackBerry couldn't find a way of hiding them all. As quoted from DHABKIRK, apparently BlackBerry is planning to make the top row of the keyboard touch-sensitive, which will enable the users to navigate the phone just by using the keyboard. BlackBerry also reportedly planned the keyboard to have an automatic-slide feature, meaning that it will present itself while needed.
Our friends at DHABKIRK has some renders about the BlackBerry Visa, should BlackBerry choose to release the device
BlackBerry Visa expected specifications, as mentioned by DHABKIRK are:
- Model ID: SHV100-1 (NA), SHV100-2, SHV100-3
- Visa: 5.2″ 1080p LCD Display (423ppi)
- Victoria: 5.5″ 1440p LCD Display (534ppi)
- Dimensions: W
- MSM8974 (Quad-Core) Qualcomm Krait 400
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB User Storage
- Battery: Non-Removable (3450mAh, 3650mAh, 3880mAh)
- Rear Camera: 13MP Sony OIS
- Front Camera: 2MP
- 29 Key Backlight Physical Keyboard, Virtual On Screen Keyboard
- Right Side: Lock / Power Key
- Left Side: Volume Up + Down, Mute Key, USB 2.0 + SlimPort HDMI
- Top: 3.5mm Headset Jack
- Metal Chasis
- OS 10.3.2
- Colours: Black & White
So, what do you think about this device? Let us know in the comments section below about how interested you are on this device.