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BlackBerry is still struggling to keep up with other major smartphone manufacturers, but that doesn't stop the company from being ambitious and bring the latest tech to its products. According to the known tipster Evan Blass, future BlackBerry Android smartphones will have support for wireless charging. The leak also suggests that the company will also launch a Samsung DeX-like phone-to-PC solution.
The device is said to be under development at Optiemus Infracom, one of BlackBerry's product partners that holds the rights to manufacture products with BlackBerry's branding in the sub-continent including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
The gadget seems to shaped like company's signature style, featuring a single port that will power it, designed to used as a pad, with wireless charging capabilities being the most logical explanation for the device.
Given BlackBerry's focus on the enterprise segment and the fact that it designs the best-in-class security solutions for mobile devices for business clients, a phone-to-PC solution sounds like something the company would fancy.
Though the company doesn't manufacture smartphones itself anymore, it does contribute to the process to help grow its ecosystem.
Few of company's upcoming smartphones are doing rounds of the rumor mill for quite some time now. The devices have already made several appearances including Geekbench, configuration files, and even in European device registration database.
The company has already confirmed that two new keyboard smartphones will see the light of day in 2018. But, if the reports are to be believed, there might be a third smartphone in works as well. The information points towards three new codenames - Athena, Luna, and Uni.
As per the information, Athena will have a keyboard-based design and will be backed by 6GB / 8GB of RAM alongside 64GB of internal storage. The device is said to have bigger keys compared to BlackBerry KEYone.
Other highlights include a dual camera setup that will be able to create a bokeh effect for pictures. It is also said to boast Snapdragon 660 processor.
Uni is said to be a device identical to the BlackBerry Priv. Although the patent is more about the camera then the device, it sure does give us a glimpse of what to expect.
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.