BlackBerry builds a phablet with a keyboard

During the company's financial earnings report and annual meeting, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen showed off two upcoming smartphones which would feature traditional keyboards.

BlackBerry has been struggling in the smartphone market since the launch of the iPhone and Android-based smartphones but the company's newly appointed CEO, John Chen, believes that there is still plenty of demand for the smartphones with physical keyboards pioneered by the company in early 2000s.

Keeping his word about bringing the physical keyboard back, Chen, showed off the Classic and Passport smartphones during a Q&A session with investors after the company's annual meeting and earnings report. We have seen both, the BlackBerry Passport and Classic recently, in leaked images and now they have been confirmed by the CEO himself. The launch of these devices will take place in the 2015 fiscal year.

Chen has been vocal about BlackBerry's struggles and has criticized some of the decisions made by the management in the past. However, he firmly believes that BlackBerry can once again be a relevant smartphone player and insists that he won't give up.

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Shame it doesn't run Android. Would have been my next phone.

Sony, Samsung, etc. should get a clue: People want QWERTY phones. That typing on a screen is slow and completely ######.

THE BB SHOULD REALLY MAKE IT A BUDGET PHONE as budget phone users seems to accept any forms of anti-humanity designs, and the BB can pray theirs won't be an exception:)

Mmmhmmm.


As soon as someone moves their hands down to the bottom of that phablet to type....


oops! Broken screen!


They did not think that one through.

Alright, now I am confident that this Chinese dude is not the one who can really save Blackberry. This phone is plain ugly.

Idiots. Ever heard of the portrait slider?

I would've seriously considered one since it can run Android apps. But screw that thing.

Forget about burning it, don't even start production.

I don't think I want a phone with a qwerty at that size.

I thought Galaxy devices are too big and won't fit in your pockets. That one sure wont.

That is not a phablet. That is a complete and uttered failure and BlackBerry is going ro die. Though I don't want them too.

What they could have done was taken the Bold, make it slim and make the onscreen keyboard look like the physical one and include a stylus and brink in the ideas from BBOSx

These can certainly do better.

The screen on the DVP was actually very thin. Any thinner and it would make it too fragile probably. I loved my DVP.

Blackberry has done portrait sliders too. I can't believe they didn't think that form factor would've been a better idea for a phablet.

Personally, I like having physical buttons on a phone. I haven't had a cell phone at all in a little over a year, but it's always annoying when I'm talking to somebody and they mute me or start hitting buttons, or accidentally hang up on me only to call me back and say, "Sorry, I bumped the screen with my cheek".

Touch screens are handy for navigating quickly, such as scrolling through pictures, zooming in, or moving around in Google Earth/Maps, but a keyboard with tactile feedback, I think, is a much better way for entering analog information like text, and isn't susceptible to some light cheek contact while somebody is using their phone.

Gerowen said,
Personally, I like having physical buttons on a phone. I haven't had a cell phone at all in a little over a year, but it's always annoying when I'm talking to somebody and they mute me or start hitting buttons, or accidentally hang up on me only to call me back and say, "Sorry, I bumped the screen with my cheek".

Touch screens are handy for navigating quickly, such as scrolling through pictures, zooming in, or moving around in Google Earth/Maps, but a keyboard with tactile feedback, I think, is a much better way for entering analog information like text, and isn't susceptible to some light cheek contact while somebody is using their phone.


Your friends must have crap phones with no proximity sensors.

siah1214 said,

Your friends must have crap phones with no proximity sensors.
lol...or very bad made ones. Or maybe they still using flip phones....hahahah

neo158 said,
Proximity Sensors solved that issue years ago!!!

Mostly. Every now and then my proximity sensor won't turn off my screen. It's very rare nowadays. It was much worse back when they first implemented them.

There are lots who still want and like a keyboard. While it is not my thing, it could be appealing to a large audience or die hard BB users.

techbeck said,
There are lots who still want and like a keyboard. While it is not my thing, it could be appealing to a large audience or die hard BB users.

The one thing I miss from my "dumb" phone, a Samsung Seek, was the slide out keyboard. I've more or less gotten used to the Android touch keyboard, but I would much rather have a physical keyboard... texting on my old phone was so much faster and more accurate. I've never had a blackberry, but they've got the right idea. I'm honestly not sure if I'd rather a slide out or something like these phones (or whatever they are). I definitely don't want a huge phone though, so a slide out would probably be better. It should still have an on-screen keyboard for when the physical keyboard isn't out though.

techbeck said,
There are lots who still want and like a keyboard. While it is not my thing, it could be appealing to a large audience or die hard BB users.

U have to certainly not want one handed use. Can't wait to see someone holding it to their ears.../s

That is a tablet that should have a detachable keyboard.

My fingers hurt just from looking at it.

The keys are way too small for a device that size and they don't appear to be even slightly raised. Hell the classic has more keyboard space and bigger buttons than the much larger Passport. What the ###### were they thinking?

It does look ridiculous, but you never know until you try it. Having used iOS, WP and various Android keyboards I'm still missing a physical keyboard a bit, I wouldn't trade of screen space for the compromise, but still something like this may actually prove to be useful. Would be nice to see something like it for WP and Android, just to try it out.

grabageek said,
OH GOD!!!!!..................

Burn it, use fire..................and plenty of it!!!!!!!!!!!!...................

And gasoline! AND phosphorus just in case!

timster said,
microwave it!
Like that really old viral Nokia ad? Loved that video in the early days of YouTube... ahh, good times. :)

grabageek said,
OH GOD!!!!!..................

Burn it, use fire..................and plenty of it!!!!!!!!!!!!...................

Implying the Fire will have better sales numbers than this hunk of crap?