There have been a bunch a leaks popping up around the place of the new Blackberry 10 flagship, coming in Jan 2013, which is supposed to be RIM’s savior. The biggest leak has just gone live from Tinhte.vn, the same sites that has been involved in the leaking of the industry’s biggest phones, like the iPhone 5. There are some high-res shots with video! The handset, which is rumored to be called the ‘Z10′ or the ‘L-series’, and it looks very promising.
The Blackberry “Z10″ will be a very important part of RIM’s strategy in using BlackBerry 10 to take down Windows Phone, and reclaim its spot in the top 3. From the very beginning BB10 has been about creating the ultimate casual consumer product, while retaining the amazing business features. This is crucially because RIM has never been able to get a solid foothold on the consumer market, and with iOS and Android eating into the business sector, RIM had to take action.
The Blackberry finally works like a modern smartphone
BB10 for Z10The new leaked Blackberry, which I’ll be calling the Z10 from now on, is what RIM should’ve done when it moved into touch screen smartphones with the Storm. The device is large, sleek and looks like any other smartphone out there today. The phone’s ports are layer out exactly as in the Dev Alpha-B device which leads us to believe that those Dev Alphas in the hands of over 7000 developers are the real deal, just stuck in a plastic cage. There’s a microUSB and microHDMI on the left, the sleep/wake button sits on top with the 3.5mm headphone jack. The right is void except for the volume rocker. The device is made entirely of plastic, but it’s very sturdy and doesn’t creak. The back cover is removable with an NFC chip stuck underneath. The battery and microSD card are fully accessible along with the SIM card. This is refined enough to look like the final product that will ship and land in the hands of the consumers.
The display uses the same 1280 x 768 resolution seen on the Dev Alphas, but Blackberry had clearly specified to its developers that the supported resolutions for apps would be 1280 x 720 and 720 x 720. Well that’s a mess that RIM needs to clear up. The display itself is ultra sharp and crisp with a pixel density of 356 PPI and a 15:9 aspect ratio. The phone is very responsive thanks to the 1.5GHz dual core TI-OMAP processor, and, partly, the tight software and hardware integration. The processor is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through the microSD card slot. There’s also all kinds of wireless tech like 802.11 a/b/g/n, both 2.4GHz and the less clogged 5GHz. There’s GPS, an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), NFC, and the nice touch of microHDMI. The battery life should be pretty good with a large 1800mAh battery. The cameras are beefed up too, with an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash and it shoots 1080p. The front facing camera is 2-megapixels, but it’s unclear wether it will shoot 720p or 1080p. The phone’s wireless is very comprehensive with world 3G and Quad Band LTE (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz). All these specs have been derived from the fully functional device which Tinthte.vn have acquired, and they look accurate.