BlackBerry Blade: a BlackBerry 10 phone that's too hot to be true!

BlackBerry Blade - A BlackBerry 10 concept
By Kevin Michaluk on 22 Mar 2012 05:22 pm EDT
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Wow wow WOW! Just wrapping up the day and this came across the old CrackBerry Tip line. The image above came from Toronto Design Firm Pixelcarve and totally made my day. Seen here is the BlackBerry Blade - their idea of what the first BlackBerry 10 device could look like. Though with a trackpad and BlackBerry menu and back keys this feels more like it should be a next generation BlackBerry 7 (or 8) Smartphone than one running on the QNX-based OS. I'm don't think we'll be seeing these buttons on BlackBerry 10 phones (like the PlayBook, BB10 phones will likely be more focused on the swipe experience and touch UI).

Regardless, as far as concept sliders go it's totally hot. The concept features an amazing 4.5 inch AMOLED display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, Gorilla Glass and a 12MP camera. While the latest rumors are that the first BlackBerry 10 device won't have a keyboard, this slider is still pretty awesome.

What do you think - should the BlackBerry Blade be RIM's first BlackBerry 10 device? Or do you want something else like the BlackBerry London? Sound off in the comments!

476 comments

Joel_Zimmerman

Well… I'll definitely need a lot of time to get used to this, since I will have to type using it in portait mode ONLY. When you sit at a computer, you don't have a portrait screen, right? I know there will be a 99% chance of this device having an on-screen keyboard, but I would love to see a landscape keyboard BlackBerry 10 device soon. I almost went for the HTC Desire Z when it was time to pack in my 9700, but the 9900 was released and I love it.

Nevertheless, that is one sexy looking BlackBerry! Hopefully it will be released this year when the first devices come out in Q3/Q4.

chiamattt

If there is no keyboard on the blackberry 10 phone, I will be very disappointed.

PostMortem

If RIM said that this was one of their offerings I would have started buying stock immediately. As it stands, I'm not even sure that I want to buy their new phones. I'm sure the OS will be awesome, but the hardware needs to blow peoples Socks off!!!

cycomyk

Looks like the dell venue pro

slagman5

They'll be stupid to completely ditch the trackpad and fixed buttons. I hope Blackberry won't just blend in with everyone else... The trackpad is immensely useful. Even my friend who is the biggest Android fanboy says that the one thing he wishes he had on his Android phone was a track pad like my Bold 9900. His reasoning is that things that require fine movements like highlighting text would be a million times easier with the trackpad than trying to touch between exactly the right letters the first time around... And I agree with him, I end up using the touchscreen for the broad movements like scrolling fast through a webpage, but if I'm reading something, I'd much rather scroll slowly using the trackpad. First, my fat thumb isn't in the way so I can keep reading while scrolling, and second, it's just that much more precise. And I also agree that highlighting text with the trackpad is 1000 times better.

The bold allows you to use the touchscreen to highlight text. But with the trackpad right there, I NEVER use the touchscreen to do that... Also, clicking small links, or moving my curser around text is also easier with the trackpad.

I also like how when you click on a physical button, it ALWAYS works. While sometimes when I touch a button on the touchscreen it might not register my touch... So I like having physical pick up and hang up buttons. I never have to keep staring at my phone after pressing the pick up button to make sure it picked up like I see all of my friends doing who has touchscreen only since sometimes it might not work the first time. I press the button and put the phone right to my face because I KNOW that 100% of the time it'll pick up the call.

Same with hanging up. None of that pressing the hang up button and thinking you hung up but you didn't because the screen didn't register your touch, and now the person can hear your conversation, hopefully you're not speaking badly of that person... When I press the hang up button, again, I KNOW that it hung up...

And I also wish they will have a BB10 phone with a physical keyboard. Another feature I think is a great feature that sets Blackberry apart from the rest of the herd. I'll be sad if all of the BB10 devices will be exactly the same as everyone else... I think I'll go to Android if that was the case, might as well...

tstrike34

GIMME ONE RIGHT NOW.... My 9850 keeps rebooting...

THAT IS BADASS!!! WOOT

butchbaba

Kevin, you need to share this with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins. This would be the blackberry to catch the attention of not the blackberry faithful, but plenty of others as well...

butchbaba

Kevin, you need to share this with RIM CEO Thorsten Heins. This would be the blackberry to catch the attention of not the blackberry faithful, but plenty of others as well...

Pootermobile

That concept looks so yummy *drool* :p

CrackBerryHarry

I love this phone. Hated the Blackberry London. Give me this phone. NOW. TODAY!

CrackBerryHarry

I also don't care what it costs. Gimme one. I got s*** to do.

JMDBERRY

Follow-up post! RIM, I'd be in line for a phone spec'd out as this even if you stuffed the tech into a Sardine can and pinned a trackpad to it.

We want a killer BB! Pls Giveth Us Killer BB!

JMD

SPACE-AGE-INC

Wow, now this is thinking ahead, and not and ass backwards ( curve 9320?).

jkomo001

YES YES YES YES! o wow that is amazing! exactly everything I want, and I feel like most people. I personally would love a trackpad and atleast some of, or all, of the buttons around the trackpad, makes it easier to scroll through text, i hate trying to select an exact place in a paragraph on my gf's phone, with trackpad if you miss by a little you can scroll over to it. phone screen size is amazing! design is amazing! keyboard looks amazing! gona be the bb10 phone i get

gbilton

RIM NEEDS to build this this would be amazing

GreenLeaf182

The specs are overkill but the over all design of the phone is beautiful

BerryDiva

I'd like RIM to abandon every project they're currently working on and make this a reality. If this were actually to come to market with a COMPLETED OS to boot, they wouldn't need to worry about other devices in the short-term. It would buy them the time to really focus energy on an equally impressive complete product line.

For the people who understand form factor design and the tech needs behind it, what is really stopping RIM from making this a reality? I mean the hardware design isn't far fetched and seems like it can be manufactured quite easily. So what's the real sticking point to RIM not attempting this especially considering that BBX won't reach the market until Q3/Q4.

tstrike34

Do it and do it NOW RIM!

This phone will be the thing that would rock Apple to it's core!

OMG plz plz plz

berrybait

Holy crap no! They need to actually finish projects that they start. Not drop everything because some guy on the Internet says so.

BerryDiva

Think you're missing the big picture and potential that a damn near flawless execution of this could deliver.

berrybait

No. I'm not missing the big picture. Changes like what you're suggesting are what helped get RIM into the mess their currently in. If they don't already have something like this in development (or exactly this ) there wouldn't be enough time for a successful launch before the end of the year. Regardless of company, good product development takes time and is only part of a successful launch.

BerryDiva

RIM has never had a change like this; they had 2 dinosaurs at the helm who tried to maintain status quo by producing a device that they thought would've been revolutionary while having strayed from the concept of innovation years past.

Product development, good product development, does take time; there's no denying that fact and I wholeheartedly agree with you. But given that BBX is already in development the real question is can they get the hardware to match - so, yes they already have something like this in development. Does the hardware have to have the exact specifications of the proto? No. But then again, what prototype is ever what meets reality.

However, a product can be successfully developed, planned and soft/full-launched in 3-4 quarters, obviously dependent on complexity; it's not impossible, it just requires more cash to enable the shortened time and increased quality. Plus, honestly what does RIM really have to lose at this point? Push out some BBX devices Q3/4 while losing market share in the meantime?

BCMike

I really like the slider form factor. My old eyes appreciate the large screen and my tactile thumbs like typing on a real keyboard. Not sure I dig the curve but the ultra thin sleek minimalist styling would rock.

joeldf

I believe that the curved body will actually work better for the pocket. But it would have to be very slight.

jkomo001

yes I was thinking this also, as long as it is not too much like you said.

eliirodz

I don't like the curve to it.....iron it flat and it would be awesome......

BerryDiva

Just realized this thing is missing NFC.

bmw328i

I love it and want it!!! Let's cut some sh!!ttt up with our BB Blade.....! Like right know!!!!! Let's kick some a$$ :) I 'm willing to up grade again this year, I mean my kids won't be getting any new phones this year only mama (again) sweettt phone....please place this phone for sale A.S.A.P

Bobcat665

A few thoughts:

I'm not much into slider phones but this concept is positively mind blowing! It would be hard for me to resist seriously considering a real life device like this if it actually made production. RIM really should pay attention to this concept: They can't afford NOT to!

The LED strip around the edge is definitely groundbreaking. RIM had better look at this concept seriously.

If a production model came out with even a slightly reduced curvature, I'd see absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. It would still be very pocketable.

The specs, as proposed here, do seem to be a bit out of line - even in comparison to competing devices coming out later this year, IMHO. I will concede, however, that a high resolution screen will be a must. I refused to consider either the Torch 9800 and 9810 at all for that very reason.

Screens larger than 4.0 inches are just too freaking big! Definitely a pain to try to put in your pocket. The impact on the weight of the device would be unfavorable as well.

To all the idiots here whining about the first ever BB 10 device being touchscreen only: With all your catastrophizing and panicking, you make it sound like RIM will never, ever, make a keyboard device ever again. OF COURSE THEY WILL! An all-touch device has to be out to market first, though. Keyboard devices *WILL* come later on, count on it!

As much as I'd like to see RIM keep the physical keys and trackpads all the current devices have, it seems inevitable that they are on the path to extinction. I can make do without but I'll miss them dearly. Maybe a trackpad is a useless redundancy on a purely touchscreen device but I would still want the physical keys for SEND/END at the very least. It would be foolish to eliminate the trackpad on smaller devices altogether, regardless of if there is a touchscreen too. Selecting text via *touch only* is too much of a pain if the amount screen real estate is too limited.

Zipper

Agreed and we'll put!

BerryDiva

I think you've captured the extreme marketability of this concept. It will make people pay attention and many buy simply because of design granted an equally well executed OS. It would tell investors that the company itself is still quite innovative and has the ability to deliver products to match.

It's unfortunate but left in the ether, the concept will end up being HTC or Samsung's next big thing.

Just Me

Excitement followed by disappointment, this isn't a RIM phone this is just another concept. It is a great concept which I would buy in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I doubt it will be released, it's way too problematic. Physically the thin curved design with a slider would difficult to miniaturise and produce. The Quad core will cut up battery life. It is missing the dedicated audio buttons. The second B in Black"B"erry is not capitalized.

If anything RIM has found a strategic marketing partner in Pixelcarve. They sure know how to get people excited for new device.

blkbry2010

this phone is way sexy! it would be even more beautiful if the keyboard slid out from the side so its a fully qwerty now that would be the ultimate BB phone!!!

joeku

It should curve around the other axis, ie, left to right, not top to bottom!

and the corners should be rounded off, not pointing like the pics are showing.

Imagine this thing in your pocket with the top and bottom edge jabbing at you all day?
Uncomfortable!

I really hope this doesn't become a new phone. it sucks as is.

CDM76

This would be a game changer for sure ... And set RIM in the right direction ... Heading UP to #1 spot. :)

ench18

is that for real??? If it is... Holy cow!!! That's LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kdna

I hope RIM will surprise everyone with a design much more appealing than that of Android or iPhone devices. BB10 phones really need to nuke the competition in terms of function, design, appeal, battery life and the "cool" factor.

Nice post.

mechdiff

They made their company on the keyboards, great that they will have one with this model if it is in fact a true model they are going to release. I like it. Definitely would give it a chance.

auditman

if thats the next gen of TORCH im buying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIM please do this!!!!

Skoal712

What a sweet phone. Where does the lineup start!!!!!!!!!

houseane

* Battery not included

pgerhard

my guess is this is powered with a button battery, similar to that we can see currently in watches. We'll see a lot of those around 2050 in phones etc....

BBNation

Honestly, not saying cos I love BBs but this is the one make me look every time I visited cb today. I will buy it as soon as it comes out..I am fallin in love with smartphone, I never have..I just bough cos work made me but this one will be game changer..
RIM, Are u listening ?

THIS IS REAL PHONE AS YOU CAN SEE SHADOW FOR ALL OF THEM.

benjaminaq16

Blackberry London looks like every other boring phone on the market! RIM needs something new, something hip, something like this (BUT I would change a few things) LOVE IT STILL!!

66sven

- design: will be appealing to many
- keyboard: cant be without it
- screen: big (ger) and crisp, Blackberry needs it!
I can wait 6 months... but this could be it.. and I would buy it

ComfortablyNumb8

Wow, if Alfa Romeo made phones........I hope this is for real !!! (fingers crossed) Not overly keen on slider phones but I may have seen my next BlackBerry.

olblueyez

What is the most popular model now? And does it have a keypad?

phuoc

One can only hope for a phone like this.

xiaohuaxing

Yea, I'd look so COOL with a 4.5" phone and my 7" tablet. Idiots. Keep it under 4. If anybody wanted 4.5 they already picked up their Android.

Props on the design for looking slick but the main selling point is the thinness, and if it were possible they'd have already done it. Everything else is already "BlackBerry."

The curvature reminds me of some brand of Bluetooth headsets

txfabnet

Wow if RIM Out this device y buy now !

world traveler and former ceo

is this from RIM or just someone's fantasy future bb phone? .. anyway .. looks great! ...

bb 9900 and Playbook user ....

berrybait

"is this from RIM.."? Did you even read the posting, or just look at the picture?

springbok

Loving the curved display! Looks like just a slight curve. Reminds me of an IMAX screen. I disagree that it would be any more fragile than if it were completely flat. It would definitely show off a flexible LCD screen. If the physical keyboard is exactly like that of the Bold 9900/9930, then I'm sold! xD

Erik L

Hot diggety! I'm at work, booting my laptop and checking a few favorite sites. I just stared at that pic in awe for a minute there:O VERY nice!

grey.

I just want something with keyboard…

Giovx1316

This phone looks amazing!! Me being a long time BB user and a torch fan I've been impatiently waiting for the BB10 slider and this most definitely exceeded all my expectations !! I just think this phone would be a definite GAME-CHANGER !!!! Please RIM , I beg u make this a BB10 device bc if not after seeing this alot of people will b easily disappointed by whatever else u choose to put out instead of this. #BB4LIFE !!! And I really shouldn't have to beg its just painfully obvious that this is the nicest device I've seen in years from RIM ( BOLD 9000) .

gruzzi

would buy it immediately!! (i need keys, i need touchscreen)

xnwrx

amazing ! that's definately what RIM has to put on the market if they whant to take over Android and Apple. Nice slider in an all touch screen form factor. Come on RIM

haringjuan

I am really not a fan of a slider phone, as i feel that it wont lasts for a longer period of time. Blackberry is known for its keyboard, bbm, emails, and security JUST DONT EVER FORGET THOSE.

I don't mind having this as one of the blackberry models but RIM would be having an IDENTITY CRISIS if they are thinking that these would become their new identity.

Can we just have a superphone in the looks of blackberry 9900 and incorporate the newly approved patent : http://crackberry.com/rim-gets-awarded-patent-fuel-cell-mobile-device

THATS WHAT I CALLED A SUPER DUPER UBER FUTURISTIC BB PHONE!

RIM can you just focus!!!! There is no point in ROLE PLAYING! Be the Blackberry that you are and stop pretending to be an iPhone or Droid. #justsaying

ttdd

HEY RIM,
This design still have a wasted gesture at least: you have to slide the top part (and slide back again, just small gesture but simply it's not perfect)
Unless you provide another touch screen on the back (for Media-favor fans???), i'll JUST recommend this design for BB fan.

BR,
TTDD

norrynew

bump, great, I'll buy it!

apasehculun

Shut up and take my money!

Red_Virus

I don't think that this is for real ?

mackpee

I would definately be getting one of those if it ever came true !!!!! That would rock the phone world. I've some mates that are jealous of my old torch 9800 and the slider form WITH the keyboaard, but want a bigger screen like their " itoy's ". Showed them this and they're sold if it ever came out.
Let's GO RIM!!!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN..........

baracat

this would be the perfect replacement for my 9810..

PascalG

Definitely this one ! It's beautiful and with a real keyboard it's perfect !

I still believe that a real keyboard is THE big differentiator for Blackberry devices. So go for it Mr. Blackberry !

neelzz

its a very nice concept. though its fake.

The Blackberry logo at the top of the image has a little glow effect.
many company's have a set of rules how a logo should be used, and never ever i saw RIM add outer glow to the blackberry letters. (The designer has done it to match the effect of the designed phone glow.)

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Also (but im not sure about this) -> the blackberry logo on the display, is displayed as a graphic, because the bubbles flow behind it, but it still a part of the (DISPLAY AREA) meaning, the mainscreen of the display is showing the blackberry logo Softwarematicly. That wouldnt be practical, nor logical because all old blackberry phones have their logo as an imprint, stating the name of the product (blackberry) at all times.

(this would mean, when using an app the blackberry logo dissapears, or the app should also display the logo softwarematicly, and that would be stupid, it would take up a part of the display area that could be used for something else)

berrybait

Fake? umm... it's a concept design by someone else. It's not being put out there as an actual BB design.

Buffer93

Absolutely BERRY-licious! Come on RIM, bring it on!

DiegoV_G

I JUST CANT BELIEVE THIS! IM TOTALLY IN SHOCK THIS IS THE BEST NEWS I HAVE EVER IN MY LIFE RECEIVED! ITS BEAUTIFUL, SPECTACULAR FEATURES. I'LL START SAVE ALL THE MONEY THAT I CAN SO I CAN BUY IT RIGHT AWAY IT'S LAUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

newcollector

That is the phone I want. That isn't the Blade, it's a Torch!!

lang007

I need a time frame on this phone cause I am ready to upgrade from my 9800

The_Big

HOLLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING ELECTRONIC!!!!!!!!! IT IS SOOOOO HOT I WANNA DIE!!!!!!

d-tech007

We need Crackberry to do a poll on would you buy this device, yes, no or hell yeah of course I will . Then hopefully RIM will sit up, take notice and build this beauty ;)

lorax1284

Simply put, that phone is exactly what I want in my ultimate handheld device. Large, high res touchscreen, track pad, keyboard, portrait slider, BB10 os.

Anything else (I.e. no keyboard or trackpad / hardware buttons) is simply too much of a sacrifice for me. I guess i'll stick with my Torch / PlayBook combo if RIM digs in their heels.

...and this mockup is beautiful, to boot

Bobcat665

It must be admitted that the "London" (in either of the iterations we've seen so far) is rather boring in comparison to this one. RIM really should take a closer look at this "Blade" concept a lot more closely...

chaoticblissx

This design is exactly what RIM needs to launch and launch NOW!!! And again, disagree with Kevin in regards to the standard 4 buttons and track pad....they need to be on the device. This is a phone, not a tablet. The keys need to be there as does the keyboard. Even the new case for the PlayBook launching today (on my way to get mine after this post) has a trackpad now. The track pad and buttons are vital to a lot of dedicated BlackBerry users and would be a great disappointment to lose them. I have loved the Torch, both the 9800 and 9810 and this would be me next BlackBerry if it ever comes to market!!!

blaszek

awsome - i need this tool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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williamsbh76

This thing is tight! I'm not too sure I like the slider and I think the corners should be a little more rounded but the rest of the design is great. The biggest thing is going to be OS and apps. I know the "qwerty" folks are frowning a bit but lets face it, Android and Apple are cutting RIM's market share by the day as the latest Canadian market share results show. RIM is going to have to come full force with its first BB10 device and get a few light years outside the box. I say forget just stopping the bleeding! They are going to have to go full on "Six Million Dollar Man" on this deal! Build it and make it better!

allengeorge

Looks beautiful - I'd love to have that phone.

brug0710

RIM please pay attetion to this design, we need phones like the blade.
So we can keep supporting Blackberry.

Blade All the way.

crazyinuk

this is by far the best looking BB out there. if only it was true and on the market right now! RIM would regain its #1 position!!!!! this would totally monopolize the market out there. sadly with the way things are going around right now i dont see this phone being released before 2013-2014 for sure!!! Sportin a 9630!!!

howlingmoongames

The new phones look really cool. Can't Wait. On a side note we just released our first playbook game and it can be found here.

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/95411/?lang=EN

Jaredius

The first BB10 phone should ABSOLUTELY have their signature physical QWERTY. Not sure why the first one would be otherwise and I would be quite disappointed again.

stitch69

DAMN, this caught my attention at first glance, this device would be SWEET (as long as if has an auto focus camera) LOL

tski

Long time Torch user.....and this is exactly the new phone I am looking for.

Frankly, I am trying to hold my current phone together in anticipation of the BB10 OS and a phone without a keyboard will probably cause me to jump to the join the legions of iPhone users including my wife and son.

I have hung with BB because of the keyboard and the volume of emails that I have to read and respond to every day.

Build this phone or something like it!!!

zkyevolved#AC

OK I'm a realist... I doubt RIM will invest in that device. They don't even have dual core, let alone quad. They don't even have an 8, let alone 12 megapixel camera. They don't make screens that big either!

I REALLY hope RIM does release this... This design and specs make me drool! But I'm being realistic, this is just a concept. I doubt this will come true in a 8 months. I really hope it is true though because I said I'd buy the first BB10 device (as long as it has either a huge screen, or a slider design).

SkaterGuy2k

I want i want i want i want :) Its about time that they bring out a phone that anyone could love :) BB4Lyfe

energy_barz

I like this phone a lot..

Things I would change though firstly is the slider keyboard

That doesn't need to be in this particular phone

Make it fully touchscreen.

Secondly the curved shape, make it flat, not fully flat but something that when you grip you feel like your holding something solid

Thirdly It doesn't seem to have a power on button, now.. I looked at the picture and at the back of the device the blackberry logo is lit up, if that is the on/off button that will be very impressive

I would also implore that rim will also use that as a boot up timer, so when your device boots up the ring around the blackberry logo has a timer sort of effect, and when fully on, lights green, this should also be used to check battery life. When devices level is going down the ring around it goes amber, then red. And I also read something about fuel cell charging, if that could also be used as solar charging, that would be epic.

The PlayBook OS2 virtual keyboard is great soo I'm sure when making a fully touchscreen devices the virtual keyboard will be amazing.

Now for the specs

Beautiful fusion of aluminum and acrylic

Blackberry 10 with cascades for new UI experience

Legendary BlackBerry security and PUSH communications

Next gen processor - Quad-Core 1.5GHz, Liquid graphics ( QNX are very good at handling cores, so each core will have its function, making the battery life last longer)

AMOLED display at 4.5 inches, 720x1280 pixels (whatever that is in PPI I just want it to be sharper than apples Retina Display on there new iPhone, not the one currently on the market)

2GB Ram

12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera with 1080p @ 60fps

BlackBerry Webkit browser with HTML5 and Adobe Flash

Dynamic color range outer LED strip

Gorilla Glass II, multitouch with trackpad and fixed buttons

Micro HDMI, Mini VGA Micro USB, Micro SD

3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Hotspot, Worldphone

NFC

Battery life 2500MAH

Bluetooth 4.0 technology

dean5778

you did't look very well then did you, the 'end call' button has been the power button also for many previous BB devices in the past. look at the picture again, you can see the power icon under the end call icon.

energy_barz

Well what I meant to say is, they should make a dedicated on/off button and leave the end call button just for that. ending calls :)

Wolf35Nine

Nice concept picture. I'll wait for the official announcement and pricing. Don't want to be disappointed if the actual device doesn't meet what the artist conceived.

diggin4aliving

I like that. Get it on the market.

CyberchickK

These phones definitely look beautiful. I, for one, would appreciate keeping the keypad. It's one of the many reasons I haven't gotten an iPhone. Also, I like the curved shape when the phone is open, it makes it feel more like a phone when you're talking into it and less like a brick. This kind of styling would definitely put RIM back in the running. The phones look way too thin in the pics to be functional.

As per the camera: the new RIM phones need to have a quality camera to compete with all the other great camera phones on the market. This is something I think RIM has put on the low priority list, but a great camera with video capabilities will draw in customers. I use my phone constantly and that's the little crappy one on the scrappy Bold 9650.

daz197

I totally want to finger-bang that keyboard....

birdman_36

I really like the concave design. Whatever it may be, RIM's gotta get BB 10 out by late August or early September for the back-to-school rush and to beat the iPhone 5 release!

scrapmetal58

I've never owned a Blackberry. I've been a long time iPhone user. I'd ditch the iPhone for one like this but without the physical keyboard (I don't like physical keyboards. I can type very fact and well, even without looking sometimes, on a virtual keyboard). I think RIM should have three, maximum, models: touch only, slider, and regular physical keyboard. That would cover each demographic. Large screen, those specs in the photo (or as close to as possible), and designs and names to kill. The BlackBerry Blade sounds sick. I love it.
Please, RIM! Make me ditch this boring iPhone.

dean5778

this would be the most amazing blackberry to have ever been built if it was true! my contract on O2 runs out in september and I am waiting to upgrade to the latest BB10 device, I am just hoping to god it isn't an all touch screen only phone. I dont like them! I have the bold 9900 which I love (until I cracked my screen dropping it last week) and I could never use a touch screen phone after using the bold keyboard. so RIM best make this happen!

bluegreen1965

OMG, I sooooo want that phone!!!!!!

I am JT

Awesome design. Would be a fitting replacement for my Torch.

jenkitp

I would buy one as well.....very nice!!!!!!

youknwwho

Shut up and take my money !!!!!!!!!!!!!

CoreyGmaN

Now that picture is really getting Blackberry some hype! It sure did get me excited! Wish I could have it right now!

daivivo

what i can say about this blade? i just wann make love with "her"...............holy

Hedges82

Wow this thing looks amazing! Make this please and keep the keyboard like that! Beautiful!

Gerii

I would like a design that leaves room for a good camera.

tedd_jr

I would buy one if they didn't release a qwerty "bold like" bb10 device. I have a torch and absolutely love the screen real estate but hate sliding the phone open to type. I vowed the next bb i buy would have a bold form factor but that may not be the case with rim only releasing the London this year, come on rim I'll wait till December to get my bb10 bold!

Murundum

My 9900 is great but I think this one will be a tremendous success.

mthomps07

Love the concept as far as concepts go. I think it would be great if the minds at RIM could start dreaming up designs like this to keep them competitive. With that said, the slider doesn't work here. WAY WAY WAY too tall. That keyboard would be an awkward nightmare to type on. Doesn't matter how light the device is. It will be top heavy when you're using the keyboard. Keep these design lines and make it the all-touch Storm-like line, rethink how to incorporate the keyboard into a different model.

xmasberry

THAT I would buy! No keyboard == no purchase. I hope they go that route.

QC_Al

Is this the first article where no apple fanboy sheep post their comments? I haven't read all 350+ posts, but haven't seen any on the first 4 pages...lol

npunk42

Give me a 9930 keyboard or give me Blackberry 8.

19GhostRider71

I think both designs are good. The names of the series Blade. The touchscreen should be called the Samurai and the slider called the Switch Blade. Or go for cross marketing and call it the Swiss Army. Is anyone at RIM paying attention? Let's Be Bold and take a page from these must have designs.

rottonj

Looks great. I would be in on that for sure.

guzprom

holy cow! If they have something like this, what are rim doing keeping it from us!
pre-ordering right away! :D

shebmiller

Nice looking device, not realistic. But a GREAT CONCEPT!

a few notes:
-The LED strip would drain the battery: too much for a fancy, cool looking feature.
-Thin is nice, but too thin and you start to lose features (auto-focus camera, battery, hold-ability)
-Buttons, while I personally would keep them, wouldn't and should be there. All functions would be cleverly replaced by gestures.
-The device has a nice curve to it, but what if it's face down and you apply pressure on the back, against the bend?

lord.karma

wow wow wow this truly looks amazing.. would love it if they could pull off a device like this one

doxa sub750T

Love it and I will definitely buy it :-)

Cheers

andrewwarner

That phone is incredible. I would certainly pay full price for it.

anothergoatherder

Looking at this i just thought of a must have feature on this phone. where the convienance key is should be the activation key for opening the slider. so cool to push the button and the keypad come out.

avaio

this is what they need to be building, those don't necessarily have to be physical buttons, doesnt have to be quad core, come on RIM.

mmcpher

Yes please. Like that!

jdrharding

Right now I'm in the market for a new phone. As a Canadian, I would love to support RIM and purchase a BB, but the current offerings aren't exactly what I'm looking for, and I'm considering going for the Galaxy Nexus. My current phone could definitely last until the BB10 phones launch, but since there are no announcements about them, I'm feeling a bit uneasy about sticking to that decision. If RIM were to come out and offer something like this, even give a sneak peak at a phone that looked or operated even remotely like this concept, I'd absolutely stick it out and wait for the new phones.

mohamedmamdouh

Edges needed to be curved no need for keypad make it just touch screen must have an integrated pin video call to call all bb and PlayBook. Must also support Skype and I'm sure this will kill all phones on market

all3n7

I wonder if Crackberry.com forwards all of these concepts to RIM. I mean take a Look at this device. its super sexy, pure awesome.. my eyes bleeds bec. of it's nice sharp edge design...

Calling " CRACKBERRY.COM " PLEASE PLEASE... SHOW THIS DESIGN TO RIM/BLACKBERRY.

...pppplllleaaaaassseeeee.....!!!!!!!!!

jkrc717

I am a Bold Fanatic. However, this would be my next phone forsure. I love the way it curves like a blade. I would call it the BlackBerry Ninja or Kitana or something.

Why must this be to good to be true? Can't they just make the thing like now?!

DocDRM

If RIM doesn't immediately hire (or already has) whoever is responsible for this, they are WAY WAY WAY out of their mind!! Even if "THIS" one can't be done - that kind of creativity and innovation needs to be wrapped up into A HUGE PAYCHECK!!

This would be a MAJOR game changer in the smart, errr, SUPERphone market.

I can just hear that phone saying , in a dead on FatBSTRD voice "I'm dead SEXY"

RevyRah

This design MUST Be Made!!!!

SFWriter

That is the BEST concept BB phone I have ever seen. I truly hope RIM is reading Crackberry this week. This is a phone worthy of the BlackBerry name and 'Blade' seems fitting. It is also a design that is best kept uncovered... It is THE word in style and class - and I wish one for myself. Very nice indeed.

ansitm

That has got to be the coolest blackberry phone concept yet. I would get one of those if it ever came out and I'm not one for rushing to get the latest blackberry. I would stand in a long line like the ones that iphones and ipad get on there devices first day out just to get this new Blackberry marvel of a device.

surgeon1919

This is my next BB. I don't want a touchscreen only phone because no matter what, nothing beats a keyboard.

I wouldn't mind if it was a bit thicker for better battery life.

Pallet Spoon

Agree with everything you wrote.

hamruniz

I'd dump my Android phone in a nano second for one of these babies!

SFWriter

I've read many comments here about battery life and the fact that being so thin one would get a very limited battery. I would remind those individuals that batteries have been reduced to wafer thin dimensions for various applications. There is no reason to assume that a thin Blade would be wanting of battery life.

And I do want to see this concept put into production. Great design.

jussimple

I have to say, this is off campus for RIM. I really hope this is a glimps into the direction that they are going. Even better if this is the next phone. Don't know which but I do know that I want one!

auditman

Rim read and listen and act on this!!!!! This will bring bb back on top!!!!!!!!

Pallet Spoon

If Blackberry made this I would run to the store NOW! I am due to part with my 9650 soon and this will definetly make me hold on a little longer to wait for THIS replacement. Not really sure price would matter too much to me, this thing LOOKS HAWT and Blackberry knows how to make a business tool. SOLD!

BBGrind

Come on BB lets make this happen, I and a loyal BB owner. Waiting to this. will be the 1st to order.

fatboyharry

come on RIM , make it happen all the specs are sweet , plus i dont like iphones or androids devices ive will stick with blackberry

mnc76

Dear RIM Social Media Team:

Take the following message back to the head office:

1. DESIGN: Use this design for the 1st BB10 phone!
2. KEYBOARD: The 1st BB10 phone MUST have a keyboard
3. SPECS: Use these specs!

1. DESIGN
This is the first potential design (seen the London, Milan and other possibilities) that I IMMEDIATELY was like 'Wow'! This design will make even the casual/everyday person perusing BestBuy (or whatever) stop and look twice!

2. KEYBOARD
The first BB phone needs a keyboard! It has to say "RIM rocks and here is how we are *DIFFERENT*". RIM won't be able to win on their software ecosystem (yet), so they can't afford to throw away one of their MAIN POSITIVE DIFFERENTIATING factors!

Remember how the media bashed the PlayBook at launch for not having email, when email was what supposedly differentiated BlackBerry? Are you ready to tread those same waters again? You only get ONE CHANCE for the big launch of BB10. No one is going to remember the amazing BlackBerry Blade that comes out 6 months after the touch-only London. You will never get the same level of free press that will reach as wide and deep an audience as you will get at the launch. Don't give the media the tools to BASH you AGAIN! (See point 3 as well for more on bashing).

3. SPECS MATTER!
The first BB10 phone must have AMAZING specs. RIM cannot afford one more NEGATIVE REVIEW. Most people make purchasing decisions based 1. word-of-mouth, and 2. reviews! RIM must take away the common "GO-TO" points reviewers will be waiting like sharks to bash RIM with! Don't let them.

dfb8085

OMG...this is my dream phone. I could not have drew up anymore perfect than this. I want one now..I been babysitting my old torch 9800 with os6 for too long holding off for a BB10 device so as not to waste my upgrade on a OS7..I want this nowwww

dfb8085

I wonder if this is a design firm hired by RIM to bring there product line into the world of main stream?

CrownIsle

OH MY GOSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loc5

I showed to 2 apple biggest fans, my teenage kids, they are also impressed. Let's build this.

imilenco

I wouldn't want buttons to disappear. That's why I love BBs. They have keyboards and buttons :) it's good to have a touch screen but when you are rushing, buttons will save you. at least for me this is the case.

I really like this concept. hopefully it will look pretty much the same when it will appear.

Ekk13

i wish they would release blackberry 10 in the summer. my contract is over in july and dont wanna wait in the fall to get bb7

adlpp

Awesome design! Old-school soul.

eszklar

I'd like to see this with a 4.7 OLED screen, 1280x800 resolution, unlocked penta-band and LTE radios. Basically the Samsung Galaxy S3 guts, the battery life of the Motorola Razr Maxx and the OLED screen of the Samsung Tab 7.7. And I do not want to see ANY carrier logo anywhere.

Bbnivende

The problem with the slider is the weight. I say two models an all touch model with huge screen and a 9900 with a much bigger screen .

mhart343

Doesn't any designer think of putting the buttons and track pad above the keyboard on the slider portion, then you have everything and the larger space on the front for the touch screen.

olblueyez

That would make too much sense.

Android Market for QNX

I thought the same thing as you at first. But upon more inspection, it seems that the track pad needs to be placed on the same surface as the touchscreen so the user would not need to slide out the keyboard just to use the track pad.

Imagine this scenario, you're navigating the touchscreen using your right hand fingers and you would like to use your left hand thumb to select with the track pad. The original Blade design would allow you to do that seamlessly. I think the design has been well thought out and serves its purpose perfectly.

emmanex94

Woooooooooow!!!,can't wait I must have it now

Drayk

I seriously think this device would attract user's/purchasers like flies to honey!!!
IMPO, in a short amount of time, would put BB back in the drivers seat.
>>>>PERIOD<<<<<

Kushmunasinghe

definitely yes, dis must be da device which comes with BB 10 with a blast,,
dis is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Max54321

Well I'm not going to be upgrading my 9800 unless it's to a BlackBerry 10 slider, so I guess I'm in for a long wait.

rexrim

Actually date for release post!

omega supreme

sweet; even if this is just a concept it's ok as everything on the market started out as just a concept.
For RIM to remain contenders in this market they would indeed have to come out with something radical and 10 steps away from what is currently offered so the specs are a good possibility if they want people to even stop thinking of iphones and androids...
personally; i'm about battery life. I once had and android phone with an 8mp camera and after taking 5 shots with flash the battery was gone about half way...To this day I still sport a Bold 9700 and as outdated as it is I still prefer it over any android or iphone out there...hoping these BB 10 phones come out sooner than later as i'm due for an upgrade and don't want to use it on anything that's currently out.

gball_12

That's 1 of the best looking phones I've ever seen!

seemsixty7

This design looks incredible. I want it! I love my Blackberry 9900. I don't see why the push for an all touch phone. touch is great for simple tasks, but if you want detail or the ability to actually select a point in the middle of a sentance, the touch method leaves much to be desired. The touchpad and menu keys offer a quick method to do common tasks. Keep thre trackpad and keys that make it a Blackberry.

This design is elegant and sexy.

KY Ghost Hunter

WOW. If RIM puts this on the market I will have one the next day. I get warm and fuzzy thinking about how awesome this phone coupled with my PlayBook will be. Let's go RIM.

sirCLD

One of if not the best looking phones I have ever seen. I would pick one up without hesitation!

Goaliet

I just nearly cried. Yes, please. The design alone can save RIM.
The trouble with this is... Now no matter what other design they come up with, they'll be compared to this design, which could very well be mechanically impossible. (Can you see that body supporting a quad-core, all those outlets, and a decent battery life?)

tom_in_toronto

BLADE PLEEEEEEEZZZZEEE

What a successor to my Torch. I volunteer to field test one.

MartyKnows

I think a crossbreed would be great. Overall the "London" looks much more functional, but a hardware keyboard cannot be beat. I love the idea of getting rid of the trackpad, it's pointless on a touch or swipe UI. The "London" does kind of remind me of the MS ZuneHD.
MartyKnows

anon5129477

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

anon5129477

I am using a PRE 3 WebOS phone. I want a phone like this and so do the majority of people. We would like a physical keyboard!!!!!!!!!! YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

CRJDRIVER

"If you build it, they will come... Back."

bolustic

can anyone pls get one for me?

pmf73

Holy crap, I might have just peed myself a bit. This phone is HOT! I want one! Big touchscreen AND a keyboard? Say it isn't so. Love it.

GeneralTech

If they add some thickness to this for battery life reasons i wont mind at all, they need to make this, if this was real, i woulda ran to my broker and bought a mess of rim shares.

zensen

I hope the new blackberry phones have the trackpad!

fernandomagelan

This is even iPhone 5 and SGS 3 killer! If it was real, it could be THE BEST SMARTPHONE ON THE PLANET! The way is looking is unbelievable.
But I dont really think that the Blade will come true soon or the next year. Also I m pretty sure that RIM is reading this, but not sure if they can do a lot about making this treasure a real smartphone. Any way, I hope I m wrong and we will see this beauty on the market december 2012. :)

mitzkoff

WTF is wrong with the back button, trackpad and menu button??? Millions of BB people have this in their dna at this point. Great idea, now let's get rid of it... WTF. Classic RIM move...

mrspeedy101

shut up and take my fucking money

DonBoard

I'm a Big BlackBerry fan I can't wait for a new BB. We don't need physical keyboard. This was good 5 years ago. Completely touch screen is much better. This is the future. I want more screen so please 5-inch it's what we need. I saw BB London and this BB Blade. The Blade is the best. London looks like a Samsung. Samsung and Android are very miserable, pure trash, so that we don't need to copy those. About camera 12 megapixel is what we need.
Please a better Browser . I have a BB Torch 9850 I love it. But when I browse in Internet through WI-FI in my house or in some store the phone is ok. Using the carrier connection I have hard moments. Please a better browser. Thank you

DonBoard

Can we have this BB Blade by October? :-)

hispanola

If only this were going to be the BB10 release device... sigh :-(

Clinto

Soooo Sexy.... I'm getting excited.. :)

PowderJockey

2 phones, 2 phones in 1! This would solve the problem of which phone should be introduced first. QWERTY or full screen phone.

Love the look of this phone, 4 months and counting.

radlink14

Awesome...

This came across my head earlier today but..

What blackberry device do the majority of blackberry users own?

Because I want to assume that it's the BOLD...which boggles my mind as to why have we not seen ANY real device with a keyboard? I understand the dev phones may be cheaper but what if some of those devs want to create something that can be utilized with a keyboard?

BigDofRvd

They should be getting input from the consumers before designing these phones. That TK Victory would have been by far the sexiest blackberry of all time. Still get sad seeing the ones that sre actually coming out. WAKE UP RIM!

Phil Sr

I am just seeing this. This needs to be the first blackberry 10 phone. It would sell!!!! Does RIM realize there are some of us who basically have a blackberry phone because of the QUERTY keyboard slider! I have a bb torch and love it! I would part with it if I had this phone. Please release in January 2013 and surprise us :).

Dr_Cid

Dear RIMGod, PLEASE get on with bringing your Loyal Followers a new amazing BB10, hopefully sooner than later> the one with a Real KeyBoard...AND a Snazzy-Jazzy new 64GB (or better) Playbook with Skype Access. I guess it would be too much to ask You to make these in Metallic Candy-Apple Red, right? And, RIMGod, can you please do this before our 'Loyal Follower' beards get any longer, because they have gotten SO long while we've been waiting for '10' that we are tripping over them...even your women customers!!

RIM4EVR

The Blade looks amazing. oh ya, hey APPLE, why don't you stick to building your silly toy computers and leave the cell phone industry to the Business professionals like RIM.

"GO RIM AND GO CANADA"

Teigra Piggott

I WANT MAINE as soon as it gets on the market !!!!!! this is HOOOOT !!!

megajo123

I say BB10 needs a slider, and this is what it should be

Ali Fardos

so flawless and sleek, need it ! :/

kozmo68

Every time I look at the picture of the Blade I get weak in the knees. I'll be getting the full touch at launch but the day ever comes that this bad boy hits the store shelves I'm so getting it.

Aybesea

Im using a Torch 9800 at mo done so for last 2 years.im waiting to see what the new slider will be like when it is launched.I am hoping it will be like or similar to this one.Thats a awsome looking phone.Makes all other phones look so dated.

SplatHead

Torch10 - T10 ?

I love the design... I know it would be thicker but still looks like the best of all worlds.. Same size screen as the z10 yet it has a hidden keyboard and a TRACKPAD!!!

elgolfman

Insane - give it to me. Slider all the way.

TinMan555

BB DEFINATELY need a slider. I own a 9800 and its actually a brilliant phone. With all the new high spec, massive screen phones on the market, I still think nothing atm compares to my slider. I just hope they bring out a slider as part of their bb10 release. Surely if the design is right people are going to buy it. It seems like a no brainer. Where are the quality slider phones? If they don't bring out one by the end of the year, I think the Q10 will be the only option. Also where is the trackpad? There must be something wrong with me, because I think its brilliant and even with a touch screen, I always use it.
We live in hope.

Cyclingdaddy

Just saw this article posting and was almost fooled by the year ('12 vs '13). So its one year later and what we are being offered is nothing near this concept phone. Still hanging on to my Pre 2 for now. Am hooked on the Pre's slider keyboard. Z10 is nice and is my first choice once the ole' Pre kicks the bucket, but it is hard to imagine life without a keyboard. Q10 has too little screen real estate. I'll have to play with the Z10 once it hits Verizon day after tomorrow. We'll see how my fat fingers can work on that little screen.

sf49ers1980

How did your fingers get on with that "little screen"?

David Brown 5665

Even though this concept BB 10 phone is a year old, it
Has the right elements for us old Torch users who want
The awesome screen landscape of the Z10 + a bit more
And the essential physical keyboard needed by a BB
Power user.
I am getting a Q10, but my wife is holding onto her trusty
Torch until this baby (or similar) is hatched.
Of course with OS 10 the command keys are redundant.

The device is the best of both worlds!

Bring it on!

tediprude

OMG!!!!! O_O This really is too good to be true. But, I hope and pray it comes true. I love this phone. In all its physical QWERTY glory! Please BlackBerry! Make it come true!

Peace...

CRJDRIVER

It's a beautiful device and I love the specs, however I would be perfectly content if they would JUST GET THE Q10 TO MARKET!

Supa_Fly1

No smartphone should EVER be toting direct VGA connectivity of any kind~ maybe via the MicroHDMI port with an adapter but not directly. YUCK that is one technology that for some stupid reason just will NOT die !!!

Liquid Graphics ... no thanks .... that is based on old hardware accelaration from ancient BB7 chipsets. You can keep that.

Sharp edge design looks too Sony Xperia Z to me. I really hope another Torch doesn't roll out from BlackBerry, I was an early adopter of that device and still have sour grapes about it.

Averroes

This bb blade look nice.

4crumpets

I definitely think this BB Blade is the best design yet.
would for sure buy this slider. The square looking versions are too old looking and fat.
bring on the Blade asap........

robin11

THE ultimate slider:-)......bring it on Thorsten and it will be a HUGE hit....

DuneValley

Mmm yeah . . . such a Top Notch Design just can" t be designed by Humans. So does it speak our language? Well, it touches our hearts, our souls and therefore should be exposed as eternal standard
of sheer and utter beauty, not to be used or even touched.
. . . . However, sold. Three, please.

rizdragon

will this ever be made???

Blacklatino

I would get two - TODAY!!

Wojciech F-S

Hey Blackberry, come see me drooling.

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