BlackBerry Empathy concept phone
A Research in Motion sponsored project has unveiled a groundbreaking concept design for upcoming BlackBerry handsets.
More than just a basic smartphone, the BlackBerry concept phone, dubbed the Empathy and envisioned by a project carried out by the Art Center College of Design, claims the ability to read users emotions and display the emotional states of contacts in a coloured ring bragging social map.
Despite being nothing more than an idea at present, the graphical user interface of the Empathy, seen in the video below, is not a far stretch of the imagination away with interactive social hubs and relevant, updating contact information becoming increasingly integral to smartphone users.
BlackBerry London: is this the first RIM phone with the BBX OS?
We've just gotten a look at what might be the first-ever photo of the next iteration of BlackBerry devices (based on the upcoming BBX operating system and its QNX roots), and we wanted to share. The phone you see in the picture above is apparently dubbed the BlackBerry "London," and is said to be headed for a June 2012 release. The phone allegedly is equipped with a TI OMAP dual-core CPU clocked to 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The London is reportedly "thinner than the iPhone 4" and roughly the same size as a Galaxy S II (though our source didn't say which S II specifically). Oddly, the source says that the phone can be stood straight up on one of its sides (suggesting more boxiness than can be seen in the picture).
As you can see, the phone is running some variation of the PlayBook's operating system, though coloring and icons have definitely been tweaked. For instance, the music app icon looks more like an evolution of the note you see on the PlayBook's version (this time appearing overlaid onto an optical disc). Our source says the phone shown was a "dummy" model, so it's likely the screen is nothing more than a static image.
What's strange about the phone design is that it closely resembles RIM's Porsche Design P9981. Given the source of this image, it's possible that this is also a Porsche-designed BlackBerry destined for countries other than the US or Canada. We're told that RIM is also showing off two lower-end devices, as well as the next version of the Torch, which is said be "very thin" with a 3.7-inch display and slide-out keyboard.
Even though we did multiple passes on this image for Photoshop and / or rendering artifacts, this could ultimately be someone's hilarious idea of joke. It's also possible that this is a prototype or concept design, and won't make its way to production. Still, given the detail in the image and some of the information we were given to back it up, we believe there's truth to this story. We're pounding the pavement for more info as we type, so stay tuned for updates as we get them.
New Porsche Design P9981 Blackberry luxury mobile phones
In the splendid setting of Dubai Porsche Design and RIM unveiled the new Blackberry luxury, The BlackBerry Porsche Design P 9981. The new product is the vision of the future according to Porsche and RIM with a design that breaks the mold, angular and hard, with the front part steel but in the back skin. A touch of class for a blackberry at the top in terms of performance with 8 GB of internal memory, 1.2 GHz processor, a dual-band Wi-Fi and 720p HD video with touch screen. Still no official announcement on the price, even though the model presented in Dubai at a cost of two thousand U.S. dollars: Technology, luxury, style and design in a blackberry destined to be talked about.
The new BlackBerry Porsche Design P 9981 is the first born from the collaboration between Porsche Design and RIM that it fit into the market luxury mobile phones with a model of high prestige.
“Porsche Design P 9981 smartphone is a very modern and luxurious, in which the timeless style of Porsche Design meets the unique experience of Blackberry” These are the words of Todd Wood, Vice president of Industrial Design at RIM. It is a model of the futuristic and so good for a few pockets.
Exclusive: First Image of BlackBerry Milan - next generation BlackBerry 10 slider!!
Well that didn't take long. Last week we posted our BBX (now BlackBerry 10) Roadmap Preview for 2012, where we dropped a number of new codenames into the mix beyond the already photographed BlackBerry London. Lisbon, Nevada and Milan were among the codenames of upcoming QNX-based phones mentioned, but the details we're still pretty slim.
With the first image of BlackBerry Milan above, things are getting more clear for the next generation of BlackBerry 10 phones. While we don't have any specs just yet for Milan, the photo above says a lot. It's a slider BlackBerry, featuring the physical full qwerty keyboard that BlackBerry addicts know and love. And I'm hearing all of these next generation BlackBerry devices sport amazing displays (higher pixel density than the iPhone 4's retina display), which will really add to the sex appeal here. It's interesting to note that the design on this one seems to merge together two looks: at the top are rounded corners, similar to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, while along the bottom we have the sharper edges simliar to the photo of BlackBerry London. There's still time for RIM to tweak things up before locking down final hardware design for manufacturing so I'll be curious to see if things change up from here at all by the time we get this phone in our hands.
This image also gives us a big hint as to how the traditional BlackBerry experience will evolve on BlackBerry 10. Gone is the optical trackpad, call, hang-up and menu and back buttons from the main navigation area of the phone (where the BlackBerry logo is in this image). This means we can assume a much more PlayBook like experience moving forward, even on BlackBerry 10 phones that have a full qwerty. Expect a lot of bezel gestures! Just looking at the phone you know some of that one-handed ease of use of the traditional BlackBerry experience will be sacrificed here, but I don't think many people will care about that given how much more modern and intuitive the touchscreen user interface will be.