BlackBerry Ltd Q30 Windmere Concept [REPORT]

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A new concept picture of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Windmere Q30 has been released recently, and the phone looks like a joint effort by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and BlackBerry, says a report from n4bb.  The concept image of the Q30 has somewhat of a different form factor, but the trademark BlackBerry three-row keyboard is intact. The phone has a metallic bezel similar to that of the iPhone 3GS, which might appeal to some users. However, the majority of the readers who saw the new phone concept design didn’t like it.

Expected specifications of the Q30

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) introduced the phone, which is often called the Windmere, last year. There have been rumors about high-end specifications. According to various reports, the phone would be powered by a 2.36GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU. Other rumored features include 3GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch LCD display with 1440 x 1440 resolution.

Earlier a report from said there have been a number of images of the phone available on the web. However, the final phone may or may not resemble what is shown in the photos. It is widely expected that the phone might have a QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry Q30 will also reportedly have a 13-megapixel rear camera, along with optical image stabilization. The smartphone is expected to be powered by a 3450 mAh battery.

Regarding the operating system, the phone will have the latest version of BlackBerry, 10.3, along with more refined app icons. OS 10 from BlackBerry incorporated some new looks which were not very easy for users to get used to. There were two more upgraded versions of OS10 afterwards, but the user interface did not change.

Michael Clewly, the company’s product manager, published a screen shot from his device of the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) operating system 10.3 home screens on his BBM channel. In the newer version, the icons will not have an outline and will be redesigned with a fresher look.

Analyst ratings on BlackBerry

Recently BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) stock has been the focus of a number of analyst rating. Oppenheimer analysts upgraded shares of the company from an Under Perform to a Market Perform rating in a research note dated Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Zacks analysts, in a research note dated Friday, April 25, 2014, have maintained their Neutral rating on the stock with a price target of $7.75 per share. On average, the stock has been assigned a Hold rating.

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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at

8 Comments on "BlackBerry Ltd Q30 Windmere Concept [REPORT]"

  1. Looks interesting to me. If it turns out as pictured, I will strongly consider getting one to use as a small tablet you can actually do work on. E.g., produce text, emails, spreadsheets when you are somewhere a laptop is not realistic. And sometimes even use as a phone!
    So the form factor looks great to me. It would be nice to have a sunlight-readable screen too, but even without one this is the closest I have seen to what I have been looking for over the past year – a beach mini-office.

  2. you are getting negativity and truthfulness mixed up and so is Sam

  3. what about reading a chart, what about seeing a presentation? what about reading or seeing a xray of a patient. why would you want a physical keyboard in the way when a touchscreen type can be put away? Very big mistake for Blackberry to dwell over a physical keyboard. It appears that Blackberry still does not realise its the touch keyboard that did them in.

  4. There are several demographics which prefer different types of phones. I don’t know if this is a correct representation of the phone or not, but for sure I know some people including myself who would prefer the form factor ( Q10 users?). Obliviously you have stated you wouldn’t buy it so you dont fit into the market profile for this product. If a person wants to watch movies, or play games on your phone then you’re likely better off getting the all glass form factor.

    On the other hand I might be a minority as i used to have the Blackberry Oxford flip phone which I used to love except for it battery life. Perfect form factor ( for me ) to do a little social and making actual phone calls. The dual screen was excellent and it looked cool and sleek ( again to a certain demographic ).

  5. Sam the only issue I have is how the management is operating down at Blackberry. Guest and Sam now be honest, the picture of that phone above,, would you buy it?, and please don’t lie. And I post comments on Blackberry everyday is due to trying to save it.

  6. Agreed guest. But nobody takes him seriously anymore…not that anything he’s ever said makes any sense anyway.

  7. I don’t know loser, why do you post negative comments everyday about Blackberry, you psycho.

  8. hmmm?? is that a square handset?? If yes, why would they do that? I am almost believing Blackberry is trying to ruin this Canadian company on purpose. How is this helping investors, makes me think the FFH debenture loan may pay off good to Prem Watsa. The only ones that will lose out will be the public investors at the stock market.

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