BlackBerry Ltd Windmere Q30 Impressive Design, Odd Shape [REPORT]

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Photos of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s much talked about Windmere smartphone have surfaced on the tech-blog N4BB, and the phone appears to be square in shape, which is somewhat surprising. It looks more or less like a large playing card.

Expected specifications

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) Windmere, also known as Q30, is a box-shaped handset. The design looks much like older Nokia phones, and has a retro feel in today’s world. It’s also the first handset from Blackberry to reduce the popular QWERTY keyboard to just three rows from four rows previously. the Q30 sports a QWERTY physical capacitive keyboard, which allows the users to use the keyboard as a touchscreen surface.

The smartphone allegedly comes with a large screen of around four inches with a 1440×1440 Full HD resolution. The phone is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Battery power is 3,450mAh, which could probably run for whole day.

At the back, Windmere is expected to have a 13 MP camera and a 2MP front camera. As of now, dual-LED flash is not visible on the Q30, which was talked about earlier. The screen is expected to be impressive at 4+ inch, 1440×1440 Full HD LCD compared to the earlier reports of 435 DPI.

An odd-shaped BlackBerry device

Users waiting for the device could be surprised with the new touch capacitive screen, a feature BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) loyalists have wanted for a long time. While typing, the user can swipe from right to left on the physical keyboard to delete words. And if browser is running on then the device could be kept in the landscape mode and scroll up or down by swiping the physical keyboard.

Windmere is covered with a stainless steel bezel around the device similar to the Q10 and the previous Bold series. The volume key is found on the right side of the device and on the left there is no button.

Even though the shape of the phone is a bit heretical, it appears to be one of the most innovative phones to date by BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB). The specifications sound spectacular, but nothing has been confirmed officially yet.

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16 Comments on "BlackBerry Ltd Windmere Q30 Impressive Design, Odd Shape [REPORT]"

  1. Blackberry functions are only comparable with other platforms, it requires the wow factor to make it in this competitive marketplace and so far nothing. PS3 (playstation) has the hub thing going on years ago, so no Blackberry did not invent it. Blackberry needs something new and I mean brand new to restart the industry like they did when they first started.

  2. Sam very good comment, what you have just said is exactly what I have been trying to tell Blackberry. 1) people are getting more use to the touch keyboard nowadays and yes realising its better plus the fact the keyboard can be put away leaving room for a larger screen. 2) you mentioned sophistication, well people don’t want that they want easy. 3) everyday you are learning something new, with IOS or Android you don’t really have to learn anything due to it just makes common sense. A OS should work in the background and not really be noticed, that’s the whole idea, simplicity is the answer not complexity.

  3. I don’t need the physical keyboard anymore, I have small fingers and am quite proficient on a visual keyboard now. 5 years ago, I would have responded yes to your question, but now, i like my z30 for its size and sophistication. The HUB is bonkers awesome and snap gives me access to all the google apps which is super awesome. Every day I touch my BB z30 i’m learning something new that it can do. The phone just gets better and better. All BB has to do is release a “free” OS update and BANG…the phone just gets radder! When I pull out my BB z30, my friends with crappy Galaxy and iClones put them town and ask to see my phone. Just makes me laugh. My how the tables have turned :) I’m also super stoked to mention that I now have over 30 BBM contacts which is up from about 4 last year. That’s an 8 fold increase…not percent…”FOLD”. The future is full of Blackberrys :)

  4. I can’t wait to try this thing out. I’m with you on the dumb ones care about looks, hence why DEVVV is not given any credit in his comments. If this device changes the way smartphones can be used, I will be all over it, but I will definitely need to try it first. I have a Z30 currently and I love it, but the features this is reportedly carrying are very intriguing to say the least.

  5. Yeah right you would, notice how the photo was taken at a angle so the handset does not look as bad? It’s up to Blackberry to create the link of the next generation smartphone.

  6. I’d buy it immediately!

    P.S. Still waiting for a link to the DEVVVVV article on his idea for how BlackBerry could regain it’s strength.

  7. For your information if I hated Blackberry I would not care if they do things wrongly. If fact I am not capable of hatred whatsoever. I don’t hate John Chen or Thorsten, but this does not mean I will agree to something that is wrong.

  8. HumbleButBlunt | Jun 4, 2014, 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    I don’t hate the shape and you do not have ability to impose your thought processes on myself, or others. I’m not like you, I don’t hate something because of how it looks. That is simply pathetic in its entirety to act and live that way. To elaborate on that even further, it is borderline psychotic to allow yourself to take that hatred out on a company because they turned down your idea. A Cease and Desist and some medication seem like your only way out of this downward spiral you got yourself into.

    I’ve heard for several years now that you’ve designed this and that, yet you continue to have nothing to show for it. I wish you luck with these but I’m starting to see why these ideas are failing to gain traction. In the tech world, we call this problem PEBKAC.

  9. Hell yeah – those who care about function over style will buy it. Those who don’t and only care about what their peers think of them will keep buying iPhones no matter what they do or don’t do well, so why should BBRY even attempt to compete for the dumass market?
    Just make a phone that is more functional, reliable secure than all others – for the independent thinkers and doers. Love the touch sensitive keyboard idea. That is innovation.

  10. so you are saying you don’t mind the shape?? please don’t lie,that is the dumbest design that BB ever put out and you know it

  11. I can’t honestly answer that until I can physically test it. Looks are irrelevant too me when it comes to picking a smartphone. I want something that gives me what I need. Would take me a lot to get me away from my Z30, to be honest, but the rumors as to what this device has for functions are very intriguing to me.

  12. well you be honest then, would you buy that handset? And no I would not give same advice, John Chen said he liked the name RIM better then Blackberry, I did agree with him on that one. Why are you so negative HumbleButBlunt??

  13. No matter what BlackBerry did you would give that exact same advice. I’m glad to hear that your crystal ball has told you that this business oriented (who doesn’t have any need for 16:9) device will ruin the company.

  14. ok now Sam and Guest, tell me and please be honest would you buy that phone?? That design leads me to believe that Blackberry or Foxconn is purposely trying to ruin that company.

  15. No kidding, these duche bags slammed BB for way less, now they are all…”retro is cool”, “impressive power”, “awesome hardware”…where as before, they would have been slamming BB for not following the market trend…I agree, the executive have gone long… oh well, at least maybe they will stop publishing crappy articles on the financial feeds so I don’t have to see them.

  16. lol. ValueWalk is now long BlackBerry. hahahahahaha. I guess the boss ran out of puts to cash in and is just left with his covers.

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