From the forums: The BlackBerry Xotica Concept

By James Richardson on 29 Apr 2014 05:30 am EDT

Concept time again and yet another sweet looking design from CrackBerry forum member Ziro1. His Xotica concept looks wonderful both as an all-touch device and also with the famous BlackBerry hardware keyboard, but where we see some big changes with this one is in terms of the notification LED. 

With this concept it's no longer at the top of the BlackBerry but now at the bottom where Ziro1 has taken the influence from Corvette brake lights. It's a nice idea and one I love but I'm not sure we'll see BlackBerry moving in this direction in the future - but who knows. You can see it in action with the second and third images in the above gallery. 

If you're a BlackBerry 10 fanatic and a dab hand with designing concepts be sure to jump into our dedicated forum and post your ideas. Fingers crossed BlackBerry themselves will take note of what many of us on Team BlackBerry want to see in future handsets. 

This one looks a real beauty to me. 

Head on over to the CrackBerry Concepts & Dream Devices Forum

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From the forums: The BlackBerry Xotica Concept


Anyone have a link for the wallpaper that is featured on the concept? Please share

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Found it!!!


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Trance, I believe the WP website is "", not "". Just trying to help others who may want to join us in rocking this WP. ;-)

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Oops did I mess up? My bad!

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Correction.....I had sex with katie.

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There are plenty of people who love a futuristic phone...

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TOO futuristic to be made.And show me one handset on the market that can satisfy that niche of futuristic phone lovers.

Incurable Q10 Syndrome

They decided to build their patio line from ground up. As a result it's been delayed to early 2015. Stay tuned.

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That's actually not a bad idea and I can definitely see the branding potential in that.

Sent from my sexy white hot Z10 in Sin City ;-)

Those would be sick!

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Unless the phone now slides "head down" into the holster, having the lights there is stupid.

The LED is positioned at the top so that it remains visible when the phone is holstered - on purpose.
Plus it looks tacky on what is otherwise a nice design.

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Yeah, it makes me wonder if the designer is a 14-year-old boy who can't drive yet.
I used to draw all kinds of stuff like this when I was a kid.

When you have the phone holster on your belt it can't easily be seen anyway...cut outs(preferably mesh) at the bottom would have the same effectiveness.

I REALLY like this design, especially the Qwerty...awesome.

Murray Squire Marr

Two versions, a full-touch and a qwerty with big screen?

Why not satisfy both groups and make it an awesome slider?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I think they could be made thin, but would probably be way too expensive to produce.

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Even though we haven't seen a lot of sliders for a while, but tech should have improved since the 9810.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I doubt there's any company whose fans and loyal users are so creative, insightful, generating scores of ideas to better the company's product offering.

So in theory, BlackBerry should has at its disposal top notch talent pool to select from! :) But then it all boils down to execution!

Love this concept! Very modern! Put a galaxy or iphone next to them and they'll look like designed 10 years ago!... :)

CB10 + my Q(3!+4)

They have two top notch universities (Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo", and one of the best colleges, if not thee best in Ontario (Conestoga) . They plenty of new talent in the Kitchener Waterloo area that would be very eager to prove themselves. Guelph University is also only a 20min drive from BlackBerry Headquarters. The four combined have an enrollment of over 100,000 students.


Yeah, mate. That's a total rubbish article. Very uncritical about the rise of Android as the dominant mobile ecosystem, which will reduce or eliminate consumer choice. Ridiculous, thoughtless wording, imho. Journalist piece.

BlackBerry dead or history, nonsense... "Endgültig" is the word they used, NO, its not final and irreversible yet.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I wish it was real! This looks uber awesome and I would totally buy one of these! Love the flashing lights along the bottom of the phone!

I just wish blackberry would look at these concepts..

They need to stand out from the pack and produce a masterpiece in design. It wont need to be state of the art it they get the design right... just look at the iphone :)

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Awwwwwwwwwwww YEAH!!!! BB would kick some A** with a phone that looked like that. I'd be on board in a hot second. Sony makes some good looking hardware, but this would put them to shame.

No thanks. The problem with these designs is that they tend to date themselves very quickly, which is why we get much more conservative looking devices from almost every manufacturer.

Love the creativity, but I don’t want a flavour of the moment design on something I'll have with me for a few years.

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Cool design.

It's time BlackBerry started to think outside the box in terms of design

Once again I reiterate that we need a ' Built by BlackBerry Competition.'

Let Foxconn build your design

The prize being that you have you design built by BlackBerry with the added bonus of a six month apprenticeship with BlackBerry.

If you want a better camera, do a deal with Panasonic for the lenses.

Where is the 10 in BlackBerry 10? ©

Add the 10 to the logo, lose the lettering.

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Keep it up Ziro 1

Don't forget Digital Homeboy who got the ball rolling look at his designs before the BlackBerry even released the BB10 devices.

If I was Mr Chen I would be hiring both people.

The design is the next hurdle BlackBerry has to face.

Where is the 10 in BlackBerry 10? ©

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I love all these renders which take into account both a full touch screen and a keyboard into a similar packaging.

This complements my idea that the naming of phones might be better if we had a naming structure of say BlackBerry Bold Z and BlackBerry Bold Q for two devices that have the same packaging look.

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yeeeeeeessss 16:9 for full touch and 4:3. for QWERTY --- no more 1:1 display..

4:3 for QWERTY.....

nnice concept

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This is actually a very nice designs, you can tell a lot of time and thought went into thim. Great job. Do you have an engineering background? Maybe you could design the guts too! Lol although that would take a considerable amount of more time.


I don't understand why blackberry doesn't see these amazing designs.

They rather create a Q5 ... seriously!!!

Look at these beauty

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Make it a landscape slider and make whole top end of portrait light up, using the Z30 as an example, the part above the speaker grill and front camera, left and right to top surrounding the power button and the headphone jack. Now THAT Is a notification light!!!:) sure to stand apart. Add a 2k display with that concept front end and a 16+mp camera and there you go.

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They both look sharp. Nothing beats the RED Light Flashing which tells U there's a message and/or notification. Love that feature.

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Not to be mean, but nope! I wouldn't want it and I find it unispiring. But I guess, if you're one of those who like the Porche designed Z10, then this will probably attract you too.

Awesome looking phone. Would buy it in an instant. Full touch for me though. If BlackBerry actually made this phone it would make every other phone look very old and outdated. It looks beautiful, sexy, futuristic and very stylish. Very nice concept. The question be asked here is; would BlackBerry actually produce something like this? I don't know.

Awfully retro design. Yuck.

But the proportions of the qwerty version are about right for what I hope the Q20 will be.

I kind of like it... with the exception of the notification LEDs.

The bottom reminds me of the new Lexus new iconic grilles that are now coming out.

Blackberry should have a full time person checking this site to get inspired by some of these awesome designs. Honestly it"s no excuse, they should be able to do something simiar!

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I would probably buy one of each.
BlackBerry would be smart to do something like this, same form factor, probably a lot of the same guts, but two different phones. Car manufacturers have started doing this, standardizing some key parts to fit several vehicles including right hand and left hand drive cars and they have saved millions.
Why not do this with phones, put some of the savings into higher end specs and pocket the rest?

Just a thought:

Maybe they should re-release some of their most popular older handsets (like perhaps the 8700?) but with modernized technology and form factor.

Dubbing it something like "retro design"?

What do you think?

I'd love to see the BlackBerry 9790 (or at least something with the same size and form factor) done in bb10.
Big is not always beautiful.

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I'd by the one with the Qwerty in a heartbeat!! Awesome looking phone's, both the touch and the qwerty.

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I want the wallpaper that's featured! Anyone have a link?

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Looks good. But we can only dream. BlackBerry is not bold enough to take such a step. Not even when its a special edition.

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Hell yes.
If BlackBerry developed this, the only question I would ask is where do I pay????

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Great concept! :) (I don't judge, so whoever does and dismisses it as "ugly", just hates creativity)

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It looks good, and that's all I want, a good looking BlackBerry and I know it's coming soon!

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That's the kind of BlackBerry I want to be carrying around and using!

C00121953 channel for car freaks!!

i want the all touch...pronto. Looks badass. Come on BlackBerry, get off your butts.

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Looks like tha Coupe concept. Either way I like it. Soons it come out I will be switching to Verizon. No more BlackBerry's at T-Mobile ever again. Heartbroken.......

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This is what we need to make BlackBerry go up again, design design design design, specs are important but luxury makes people happy. Long live BlackBerry

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it's a good design, IMO. but instead of the led lights being there (and i see no reason for putting 4 there), those places could have massive speakers and the led light can be (one) at the top just like on the Z10.

I applaud designs risks such as this one, most times they spark creativity in others which blackberry desperately needs to capture the eye of the public so that they can then boast about the strong OS.

Blackberry needs to hire this person for their design team. This is a bad azz phone. I would buy it in a heartbeat. I love the flashing LED at the bottom and the keyboard design. That is one sexy phone.

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Faster la fastee la i wsnt this kind of phone!!! Or Q30 faster lah come out...i cannot use my Z10 anymore, used to qwerty physical keyboard...

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Ok..Ok... this is the first concept that gets me going... where do I sign up to give someone my money for this?

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WOW my God! Exotica Q20 concept hardware is gorgeous love it!!!!! now that BB has updated the software to do broadcast text and e-mail with 10.2.1 ; if they incorporate the contact system from 9930 categories integration with social media, sync with outlook...... I will be one of first to get it. I have the 9930 which repurchased after disappointed by the Q10.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude. This concept is beautiful. I love that the BB concepts exist because it shows the talent and creativity of the community. I just hate the fact that we have the concepts but Android gets the full on hardware. That's not to say that there is a device even close to being this sexy but BB doesn't come close. I have a Nexus 5 but I'd love a legitimately sexy BB.

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