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Last home-built BlackBerry leaks with Android, full keyboard

by Brandon Russell | December 6, 2016December 6, 2016 3:45 pm PDT


Before BlackBerry puts an end to developing its own smartphone hardware, the company is taking one last stab with an upcoming device. So, what exactly does the company have planned? Thanks to a post on Chinese social network Weibo, via Crackberry, now we know.

Apparently, BlackBerry’s next in-house device will look a lot like the Priv (pictured below), just without the cool sliding mechanism. It’s not unlike BlackBerry devices of years past, with the familiar QWERTY keyboard highlighting what otherwise looks like a pretty ordinary device.

No other information was included with the leaked images, so it’s not entirely clear what makes the handset stand out… unless we’re looking at a metal body. As BlackBerry’s last in-house smartphone ever—supposedly—you’d think the company would pull out all the stops.

Of course, it’s unfair to judge the device too harshly based on a few leaked photos. Because the device looks similar to the BlackBerry Priv, perhaps it’ll have some Priv-like specs, including an 18-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and a 3410mAh battery.

Beyond that, one might anticipate a QHD display, expandable storage, the latest Snapdragon processor, and Android Nougat. Maybe the device won’t be boring after all.

Classic BlackBerry

With the keyboard firmly attached below the display, this mysterious BlackBerry device looks more like a cross between the BlackBerry Priv and the company’s famous Bold lineup. That might no longer appeal to the mass market, but I’m certain there are BlackBerry diehards out there who would love a device like that.

Although BlackBerry is ending development of its own in-house handsets, the company will still release new devices in the future. In fact, the company’s CEO John Chen has already said we can expect to see even more QWERTY smartphones down the road.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...