RIM’s First All-Touch BlackBerry 10 Phone Caught on Camera
A new photo of RIM's first all-touch BlackBerry 10 "L-Series" smartphone leaked this week, and it probably won't be long before an image of the full QWERTY BlackBerry 10 "N-Series" device is similarly caught on camera and shown on the Web.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
With BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) showing off its brand new BlackBerry 10 smartphones to the media and preparing to send the devices to wireless carriers for testing, it was only a matter of time before images of the new handhelds started leaking.
Yesterday, an image of RIM’s first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone, which is rumored to be called the “L Series,” hit the Web. RIM gave me an off-the-record demonstration of the first two BlackBerry 10 handhelds last week, and though I still can’t talk specifics, the pictured device looks a lot like the one I saw. However, RIM repeatedly stressed the though the hardware design was final, the materials used to build the device could change.
This all-touch device looks very much like the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone RIM started distributing to developers last May, so this blurry new image doesn’t really show anything particularly interesting, except for a closer look at the BlackBerry applications screen and some icons. One app that seems noteworthy: Story Maker, which is expected to be some kind of mobile video-editing app akin to iMovie, thought that’s just a rumor at this point.
I expect an image of the BlackBerry 10 full-QWERTY “N-Series” device to be leaked in the not too distant future, and that should be more interesting because there is no developer version of that handheld and the hardware is new and different.
You may also have noticed some characters and numbers in the bottom left and right corners of the device’s home screen. Those digits are used by RIM to tie early prototype devices to specific users or groups of users, and they won’t appear in the final BlackBerry 10 software. But that also means RIM should be able to determine who this particular device belongs too.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.