A prototype BlackBerry called the ‘Kopi’ was never meant to see the light of day, but one just got sold on eBay.
It’s not that often that we get to write about Blackberry these days. The Canadian smartphone maker has fallen from favour in the eyes of smartphone buyers who’ve been happier taking on more capable, more affordable Android handsets and Windows Phones, we’re not singing BB’s lament just yet, but rather a phone that could have been, that never was: the BlackBerry Kopi.
Spotted yesterday by Twitter user @Kyle27_, the Kopi had made its way onto the online auction site from Vietnam where the seller claimed to be selling a fully functional version of the handset running Blackberry OS 10.2.1.
At first glance, the Kopi looks nearly identical to the Blackberry Q5 that launched last year save for a textured removable back and a black on white plastic edging around the base of its hardware QWERTY keyboard.
The seller’s snaps include shots of the front and back of the phone as well as the battery and various screens within BBOS showing the model of the Kopi, which at one point was destined for the EMEA market as well as the fact that it comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. They also state that it sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and doesn’t support 4G.
The story goes that the Kopi was axed before release for too closely resembling the BlackBerry Q5 in design and hardware, which is easy to see based on the pictures. We’d go so far as to say this is an early Q5 prototype, but there’s nothing to formalise the claim.
Whoever managed to purchase this rare ‘Berry paid anything up $500 for the handset, although the buyer accepted an undisclosed ‘best offer’ price to part ways with it. BlackBerry has yet to release a handset in 2014, although four are rumoured to be in the works.
John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO will be discussing the company’s first fiscal quarter results from Waterloo on Thursday, with a presentation you can tune into watch here.
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