The patent titled “Electronic Device and the Method of Controlling same for Capturing digital image”, filed by BlackBerry for a new camera design, has been granted by the World Intellectual Patent Organization.
According to the images on the patent, this patent design looks limited to only devices (mostly a smartphone) with slider mechanism. We could see this new design in the next Priv successor.
Unlike the Priv, having the primary camera stuck to the back side which contains the keyboard. This patent shows a phone similar to the Priv, but with the camera mounted on the sliding part contains the Screen.
But which looks like a camera, is referred as a auxiliary lens in the patent.
In the patent description, it explains that the auxiliary lens “may be any suitable lens to provide further digital camera functionality”. So lets guess it may be a wide-angle lens for capturing more area in a photo, a fish-eye lens, a zoom lens, or a macro lens.
It also could be various different DSLR camera lenses on a much smaller scale. However you could be left only with one type of lense.
Apart from this patent, TCL who is one of the current licensees of the BlackBerry brand also registered to trademark the name “Uni”.
The Trademark Electronic Search System reveals it is related to a VR device and not a smartphone. If you also remember, the VR glasses that can be purchased with the Idol 5 is called the UNI360 VR Goggles.
BlackBerry Mobile is reported to have two phones scheduled for release this year. Both will have QWERTY keyboards but the design is not yet known. There is a possibility one may be the device shown in the patent above while the other will be a successor to the KEYone.