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Leak: This hideous handset might be the most innovative new BlackBerry in years

BlackBerry Windermere Photos

Of the “Windermere” handset BlackBerry is developing behind closed doors right now, two things can be said: 1. It is absolutely hideous. 2. It is, without question, the most innovative new smartphones BlackBerry has built in years.

BGR was the first in the world to reveal exclusive details about the BlackBerry Windermere, a curiously boxy smartphone that, from what we understand, has been on the verge of being cancelled more than once.

One look at the handset and you can see why.

N4BB on Monday published leaked photos of the phone that confirm our earlier description. As the rest of the industry moves toward sleeker designs and refined lines, BlackBerry is building a phone that looks like it should predate Nokia’s old Communicators from the late 1990s.

That said, if the Windermere launches it will be the most innovative smartphone BlackBerry has built in the past several years — maybe even the past decade.

As BGR reported, this phone features completely new keyboard technology that provides the same great physical keyboard experience remaining BlackBerry fans know and love, with a new touch-sensitive element that allows users to navigate the device as if the keyboard were a trackpad.

The phone will also likely let users swipe around the keys without pressing them to type, like a physical Swype keyboard.

Supposed specs for the device include a 4-inch HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM and a 3,450 mAh battery.

It’s tough to get excited about a phone this ugly, but we’re told BlackBerry is working with a large partner that could help make the phone a bit more appealing when it launches.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.