I just returned from vacation this morning (sad blogger face) and shortly after I arrived at my desk this morning, I came across what appears to be the first video clip of the upcoming BlackBerry A10 smartphone, along with a few “official” renderings of the device’s sides, top panel and removable battery cover.
This big ol’ BlackBerry—it reportedly has a five-inch display—is expected to be the successor flagship device to the BlackBerry Z10 touch-screen handheld. And rumor suggests it will be available before the end of the year.
The A10 could also pack a fixed, non-removable battery (even sadder blogger face), which would be unfortunate, because the near-constant inclusion of removable batteries and memory-card slots is one thing I love about BlackBerry.
CrackBerry.com forum member craiggger claims to have seen the device and described it as somewhat like a Samsung Galaxy S4 with the rear side of BlackBerry’s Q10. I guess that’s accurate; the pictured handset is definitely less boxy, and much larger, than the Z10, though we can’t really see its rear panel.
I admit I’ve become rather fond of my Galaxy S4’s five-inch display, as well, so I’d certainly welcome a larger touch-screen BlackBerry.
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.