BlackBerry Q30 ‘Windmere’ May Sport QWERTY Keyboard, Nice Specs

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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) has yet to debut the upcoming Q30 smartphone, but there are plenty of rumors to give fans a taste of what to expect. This new phone, which is often dubbed Windmere, was first introduced last year. More recent rumors indicate a phone with high-end specifications.

BlackBerry impressive new specifications

In April, rumors suggested that the new BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) smartphone would feature a 2.36GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a 4.5-inch LCD display with 1440 x 1440 resolution. A report from elaborated, “A number of images have come to light of cases for the BlackBerry Q30, a couple of which we’ve shown here. However, bear in mind that the phone shown with the case is unlikely to be the finished design. However, they do back up the idea that the BlackBerry Q30 has a QWERTY keyboard.”

The Q30 is also likely to feature a 13-megapixel rear camera, complete with optical image stabilization. As for the battery, this device could feature a 3450 mAh battery. These features could be just what BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB), the company formerly known as Research In Motion, needs to make an impact on smartphone sales. The company’s biggest competitors, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930), lead in smartphone market share, so it is crucial for the Canadian-based tech giant to speed up its game.

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Upgraded OS 10.3

Another recent BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) rumor indicated that the tech company will significantly upgrade OS 10.3, adding more refined app icons. Initially, OS 10 featured a new look that took awhile for users to get used to. Two more updates for the operating system arrived, but nothing changed within the user-interface. The next update, BlackBerry 10.3, shows that another change in the operating system’s appearance is about to take place.

The company’s product manager, Michael Clewly, shared a screenshot from his device of the BB OS 10.3 home screen on his BBM channel. The screenshot shows app icons without the boxed outline. They are also slightly redesigned for a fresher look.