The QWERTY slider lives, as BlackBerry shows off future handset

BlackBerry came to MWC this year ready to announce its latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Leap, and we’ve already had the chance to go hands-on with the new hardware. And while the Leap made its formal debut, it wasn’t the only hardware BlackBerry brought along to Barcelona, and at its press event this morning the company also offered a sneak peek of a new spin on an aging form factor, showing off an upcoming QWERTY slider model.

The BlackBerry lineup is no stranger to portrait-orientation QWERTY sliders, but so far we haven’t seen any such models emerge as new BlackBerry 10 devices. At MWC today the company showed off a handset reminiscent of the old Dell Venue Pro, combining a full-sized touchscreen with a hardware keyboard.

And as if the hardware wasn’t interesting enough, it looks like the model is going to get a very-much-Galaxy-S6-Edge-style display that curves around its two long edges. Though not outright confirmed, it sounds like Samsung could be a manufacturing partner on the phone. Complete details and an ETA still escape us, but for fans of this kind of hardware layout, this could be promising news.

Source: BlackBerry (Twitter)
Via: CrackBerry

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