Guy Bridges, the @digitalhomeboy has released an updated version of his BlackBerry TK lineup! Introducing the BlackBerry TK Justice is just a concept but we here at NerdBerry wish RIM would make it a reality! After seeing lots of BlackBerry concepts over the years the BlackBerry TK Justice takes the cake for me. Guy has produced a few of these concepts over the past several months, and the Justice is the best of the best. hit the break below to read more about the new BlackBerry TK Justice (Concept) as well as view lots of great images showcasing the BlackBerry TK Justice.
Being functional shouldn’t hinder design – they should compliment each other. Customers of tomorrow aren’t going to be the same as yesterday. In designing for the tomorrow customer I tried to stay away from recycling a design that was deemed a success to that maker and go with a design that would bring a newness to it.
The overall approach of the design was to keep it simple with a very minimal and clean, but strong and fresh appeal to combat what is currently on and going to be in the market. In doing this, removing the the use of shiny plastics and gleaming chrome bezels meant to think of what design trends will be tomorrow that can reach an audience who will accept it today.
Those conscientious of scratches and run of the mill damages go with much rugged casings with the sacrifice to thickness. Looking at this I thought to infuse a strong housing that eliminates the bulk and keeps the beauty of the device. The tampered coated and treated aluminum metallic housing gives it the movie star looks in the mobile world. The two-part body assembly projects a unibody look with a sharp, but fluid design. The smooth tapered slopes gives it the edgy look the BlackBerry has been longing for with an attitude that portrays its justice.
To the front, the speaker headset grill mimics a close resemblance to the speaker design of the PlayBook. This kind of design works well in this device design as it frees the required space needed to expand on the screen real estate to the gesture bezel to the redesigned keyboard. Below the speaker a customisable dual-LED notification will brighten up alerts, but when there’s connectivity with WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC tapping, or DLNA in play the secondary (left LED) will blink to a colour of your choice (except for Bluetooth). The front-facing camera is updated to 3.5MP to take advantage of the new video-engaged applications such as Face Detection for phone calls and BBM Video with the Proximity sensor sitting to the right.
The 3.4″ display is using the OCTA Glass OLED (expected to be on the BlackBerry 10 Aristo). The OCT/A or On-Cell Touch AMOLED designed by Samsung Mobile Displays is designed to remove embedded layers on the screen allowing it to have an immediate response while reducing the overall thickness to the body. Pushing past a 720×720 resolution as expected on the N-Series the rectangular screen on the TK Justice will serve justice with a 960×720 resolution with a 340 ppi.
On the Dev Alpha A the gesture bezel is ~3.57mm to the sides – With this I noticed the little effort needed to swipe from side to side. There is also the use of tap and hold swiping creating the Peek & Flow integration. The majority of swiping stems from the bottom to return to the homescreens and this was where I had to provide enough room without showing that something has been removed as most are familiar with. The bottom swipe gesture space is 5mm – ample space to not interfere with the keyboard due to keyboard spacer and the sides and top see a slight adjustment to 2mm – due to the flushed screen, side swiping won’t prove difficult to do.
The re-designed keyboard was called for in order to bring something new and to set it apart from the TK Victory as well from the previous models. In decreasing the smile, the keyboard see’s a reduced arch for the appropriate space for gesturing and the addition of two extra keys designed to replace convenience keys and add extra value to the experience.
The BlackBerry Key
- Designed to be integrated with all BlackBerry applications. On-touch access could be programmed to bring all BlackBerry apps in a separate window or it could be programmed as a BBM key.
The Action Key
- Take Action to all you notifications. The BlackBerry Hub will seemingly integrate all messages, but with the Action key a user can populate a window to those applications calling for action.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has one of the best designs and I herald it next to Apple products. In fact, it’s actually better built than the iPad for usability. I have seen more naked PlayBook’s than I have of iPad’s because of that rubber-coated backing. Like the TK Victory’s design, the whole backing idea was taken from the PlayBook, but to curve away from a 7-month design the Justice needed to have the elegance. I treated all details as if it were the front and considered placement of camera, flash, name, and logo. Making room for the 2500mAh battery, the Justice’s removable battery door is composed of carbon fiber and is completed with a soft cross-hatched rubbered texture reassuring a secured feeling both in your hand and on surfaces.
Consumers are demanding more from their cell phones. They want devices that are thinner, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing – but also durable enough to resist the abuses that come with mobility. Now at 8.8mm, the TK Justice’s internal framing supports shock absorbing polymers (technical name: viscoelastic urethane branded by Sorbothane). Coated to the framing inside these polymers will protect those unexpected mid-waist drops and reduce internal damages significantly.
To the left and right, built-in dual Dolby Digital Stereo speakers will turn any quiet room array. I find muffling in sound quality happens when speakers are built into the back making it difficult to hear when your device is on a flat surface. To the sides, these speakers will provide the clarity whether it be a conference call or music to break the silence or music to set the mode…
Single key access to the top will be used to power-up, power-down, and act as a quick-lock key. It’s as simple as it gets.
To the bottom, the relocated ports once again find their home. The standard 3.5mm audio port, the microUSB, and microHDMI. Taken from my previous designs, I always the bottom of a device was a more suitable area to have the connection ports than the left and right sides. It would work well for docks, car holsters and many other applicable applications from charging (while on the phone) to multimedia input.
The quad microphones with Noise Reduction and Wideband AMR (WB-AMR) delivers the speech quality everyone demands. The WB-AMR speech compression uses a technique to amplify the audio bandwidth alone to 7 kHz which is roughly doubling from the single 3.4 kHz narrow-band AMR. So the next visit to the shopping mall, you can clam-up and speak normal…you will be heard!