Blackberry is preparing a keyboard-equipped phone with a high-resolution screen

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Blackberry may finally be preparing to launch a new QWERTY keyboard-equipped handset, the company’s first since the Q10 was announced in January 2013.

The handset, spotted by TechCrunch, is mentioned in the Blackberry 10.3 SDK release, which also refers to a 1440 x 1440 resolution. That resolution matches up with recent rumors about a phone code-named Windermere. According to a BGR report from February, while the oddly shaped handset will have a physical keyboard, it will only have three rows of keys instead of four, and all keys will be touch-sensitive, making Swype-style typing possible. Atop that short keyboard could be a square 4.5-inch touchscreen. Based on the rumors so far, Windermere could be Blackberry’s new flagship handset.

Although Blackberry tried to transition its business last year to a more touch-friendly smartphone lineup, neither the flagship Z10 nor the Q10 sold well, and in November, former CEO Thorsten Heins was fired and current CEO John Chen…

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