The BlackBerry L Reimagines the Rotary Slider for a Retractable Keyboard

By: Amelia Roblin - Mar 4, 2015
References: behance.net & yankodesign
The designer of this square smartphone shares the fascination with reworking the features that polarize modern mobile users. While iPhone and Android users adore their full touchscreen interfaces, BlackBerry owners can often not imagine parting with their tactile keyboards. In this concept by Andrew Zhilin, one would be able to enjoy a combination of both, thanks to a reworking of the hardware for a dual dynamic.

The idea of the BlackBerry L comprises a pair of squared pieces that separate the QWERTY keyboard from the display. The user can choose to operate his handset with the rear typepad component retracted, presenting simply a lucid digital face that's great for interacting with all apps and viewing visual media. A pivoting motion will draw out the keys from this suave smartphone with a luxurious leather skin.