With Samsung and Apple battling out for supremacy on the smartphone landscape and more challengers rising in the form of LG, Lenovo and Motorola, one former powerhouse seems to have been forgotten. Blackberry is about to initiate its campaign to get back into the smartphone wars with a unique keyboard-equipped and high-resolution display phone.
There first was mention of a device in the works at the Blackberry 10.3 SDK (software development kit) that would sport a unique square display with a 1440×1440 resolution. The square screen itself will be a unique feature not seen in current iterations of smartphones. The pixel density afforded by the resolution is rather high at 453 pixels per inch, given rumours of the screen size to be 4.5 inches.
As if the screen was not unusual enough, the upcoming Blackberry device, code named “Windermere”, also sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard will have 3 instead of the conventional 4 rows of keys, all of which are touch-sensitive to accommodate Swype typing. The unique screen size and the inclusion of a physical keyboard makes for a rather unusual design, which will be rather interesting to see given the monotonous nature of smartphone design today.
Blackberry may have been shunted to niche markets from a global mobile powerhouse, but with some fresh ideas and the revitalization of old ones, they may be on the right track to return to the global stage.