Will There Be A Blackberry Style Handset For Windows Phone 7?

All of the WP7 devices that have been leaked so far (and there have been plenty) show one form factor, with a single variant: they’re all large touch-screens, and some have a slide out keyboard. This is apparently known as a “chassis 1” configuration, so what’s “chassis 2″?

In an interview with Silicon.com, Microsoft’s ISV developer evangelist Paul Foster talked a bit about the new OS, and this money quote was tucked away near the bottom:

WP7 devices will have one of two screen resolutions – either 800 x 480 for large touchscreen devices with the potential for slide-out Qwerty keyboards, or 480 x 320 for ‘BlackBerry’ style handsets that can incorporate a Qwerty on the front of the device. Microsoft expects the majority of WP7 devices to have the larger screen resolution at launch, with smaller resolution handsets coming later, said Foster.

While we might not see them at launch, Blackberry style handsets, with a small screen and fixed keyboard, are definitely in the works. Perhaps later models will be aimed more at enterprise customers? I must admit, I’m uncomfortable about the implications of a lower-res screen, and how that’s going to fragment and affect app development. It could up being more trouble than it’s worth.

[via WMPU]


  1. Anon says

    Blackberry’s are completely useless anyway. Stupid small keys and all.. WP7 should focus on their own designs more. ‘Nuff said.

  2. CharlieMason says

    For a useless phone design they sure as hell managed to sell a lot of them. I can see a few advanatages:
    – Less bulky than the touchscreens with slide out keyboard
    – Cheaper, because they need less screen real estate

    Although the different screen sizes could indeed mean app development/readability problems.

  3. techieg says

    What developers need to do is cater to both screen resolutions with all their apps and they will be good. Imagine what Android developers are having to deal with with tons of random screen resolutions out there, you would think they learnt from Windows Mobile suffering for it, I guess they intend on short term gains and simply die out mainly due to fragmentation.
    WP7 is here to change the game.

  4. scd says

    This exactly what I want-close to my Q9h but slightly larger screen…must have physical keyboard. Having only 2 display sizes should be better for app developers I would think…

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