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BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

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Carlo Prine
Dec 05, 2016 11:35
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Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but what if BlackBerry had produced a smart, secure Android QWERTY in 2011, rather than waiting until 2017?

A photo purporting to be BlackBerry s final phone – which happens to be a smart, secure Android QWERTY expected in Q1 next year, popped up at the weekend, inviting counterfactual histories.

A BlackBerry patent application for a QWERTY touch keyboard that unlocks the device emerged in October.

The phone, codenamed "Mercury", appears to be an Android with a 3:2 aspect ratio display, and a 4-row capacitive keyboard.

The Mercury is also expected to incorporate a fingerprint scanner into the space key – a trick BlackBerry has filed for patent protection.

Future BlackBerry-branded devices will be made by third parties, with the company continuing to develop its hardened Android and software suite for OEMs.

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