There have been numerous conflicting reports floating around lately with regards to BlackBerry’s future, but they all seem to share one point in common. Namely, none of them preview BB’s painful imminent death. That’s a refreshing change of tune compared to rumors from last year, although it’s obvious the smartphone manufacturer can’t survive much longer with its current financial losses.
So the Z3, Q30, “Ontario” or “Kopi” must turn things around for the erstwhile tech giant. Of the four, the mysterious Kopi is probably the closest to an official announcement, as a working, unrefined but fairly advanced pre-release prototype has allegedly been found in Vietnam.
The handheld is nowhere near as crappy-looking as the device that leaked out last fall bearing the same alias, so either BB went back to the drawing board and changed everything, or we got played nine months ago. Or, dare I say it, we’re being played now.
Assuming the phone that we’re looking at is both legit and incoming, no physical QWERTY keyboard is observable. Of course, the keypad may well be concealed as part of a slide-out mechanism, but my gut tells me that’s not the case.
The touch-enabled display reportedly measures 4.5 inches in diagonal and boasts 720p resolution, so clearly, this Kopi won’t break the bank. Software-wise, BlackBerry OS 10.2 runs the show, 1.5 GB RAM takes care of multitasking, and a 2,100 mAh battery is in charge of keeping the lights on for as long as possible. That’s not so bad, assuming the outright price tag will be $400 tops. Don’t give up, BB.
Via [GSM Arena]