Written By: Vishal Kawadkar Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 17:15 [IST] BlackBerry has received a nod from the World Intellectual patent Organization (WIPO) for a new camera design. The company filed for the patent on December 23, 2016, and was finally granted three days ago.
The patent comes with a moniker ‘Electronic device and method of controlling same for capturing digital images,’ that suggests a camera system that would work on a smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY, just like the BlackBerry Priv. The camera will be housed on the rear panel of the smartphone, with one lens placed on the sliding QWERTY in conjunction with the primary camera. It will be called the conversion lens. When the QWERTY is closed, the regular camera will be available for shooting. With the QWERTY open, the camera and the conversion lens come together to offer extra functionality for the rear camera. In January, the company launched BlackBerry Motion, the second device that has come from TCL Communication for the Indian market via the online retailer Flipkart. Previously, for the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone, BlackBerry had tied up with Amazon India and the device remains to be exclusive to the online retailer. For the next device, it looks like the company has opted for Flipkart. BlackBerry is also planning to launch two new BlackBerry phones, which will be available in the second half of 2018. Additional smartphones may be introduced by the end of 2018 if the two smartphones being launched receive appreciation by the consumers. BlackBerry also launched limited edition Black KEYone in Bangladesh after its popularity in India. Besides, BlackBerry has also unveiled Bronze Edition of KEYone that will have dual-SIM support along with matte bronze finish. It comes with all the security and productivity features similar to KEYone.