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RIM Teases BlackBerry 10 Smartphone With First Image

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First handsets powered by the upcoming platform will be unveiled on January 30, 2013.

Research in Motion has teased the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone with an official image of the device, which is set to be revealed on January 30.

Naturally, the teaser image doesn't show much, but does reveal the back of the handset which features a textured material, as well as a camera lens in one corner.

RIM has remained tight lipped regarding the exact BlackBerry 10 handsets that will launch during the opening stages of 2013, but it's been confirmed that at least one full touchscreen device will be released, alongside another that features BlackBerry's trademark physical, QWERTY keyboard. The company will announce two BlackBerry 10 devices on January 30, the date when the actual operating system launches worldwide, with the firm stressing that it wants to release the handsets as soon as the platform becomes available.

However, research firm Detwiler Fenton recently stated RIM's first QWERTY BlackBerry 10 smartphone will launch in June, while the first touch-screen BlackBerry 10 phone won’t see a launch in the U.S. until March.

Elsewhere, RIM has offered a total of 1,500 dedicated developers the first Dev Alpha C handset, which is the QWERTY model.

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    Marco925 , December 12, 2012 3:41 AM
    Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented

    Promising words. I Pray that it is good. More good products means more good choices. More good choices also eventually means lower prices and higher innovation.
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    Thunderfox , December 12, 2012 3:57 AM
    Nice picture of a rubber foot there...what does the phone look like?

    I know they are supposed to be targeting business users with the physical keyboard, but the market is so much bigger than that now that they would probably have been better off releasing the touchscreen version first.

    I guess the keyboard is supposed to be their signature feature, but obviously it's not so attractive any more if they are losing so much business to the two market leaders.
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    saturnus , December 12, 2012 4:24 AM
    I too think RIM is misreading their business partners. It's not the physical keyboard that makes the blackberry the still preferred device for most global companies. It's the security features. I think that many global companies like my own is currently in a holding position for WP8 as that platform looks promising from a security perspective where iOS and android have failed miserably.
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    LEXX911 , December 12, 2012 4:53 AM
    Saw the phone design on another server and it's pretty nice looking phone. But the OS is dead. No Apps. Use to own a BB Playbook and the OS is just plain terrible in the sense that it takes almost 3 mins to boot up which is totally ridiculous.
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    Zingam_Duo , December 12, 2012 5:49 AM
    LEXX911Saw the phone design on another server and it's pretty nice looking phone. But the OS is dead. No Apps. Use to own a BB Playbook and the OS is just plain terrible in the sense that it takes almost 3 mins to boot up which is totally ridiculous.


    The Playbook OS is not quite the same as BB10 and it is now about 2 years old.
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    Zingam_Duo , December 12, 2012 5:52 AM
    saturnusI too think RIM is misreading their business partners. It's not the physical keyboard that makes the blackberry the still preferred device for most global companies. It's the security features. I think that many global companies like my own is currently in a holding position for WP8 as that platform looks promising from a security perspective where iOS and android have failed miserably.


    :D  Hahaha... Microsoft has a great fame for security :D  MS Windows is like a knight in an mithril armor and not in a tin sieve. :D  Very promising record! I'm pretty sure MS can deliver it! :D 
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    daglesj , December 12, 2012 7:55 AM
    LEXX911Saw the phone design on another server and it's pretty nice looking phone. But the OS is dead. No Apps. Use to own a BB Playbook and the OS is just plain terrible in the sense that it takes almost 3 mins to boot up which is totally ridiculous.



    Yeah it takes about 2 mins to boot (updated since you had it I guess) but then you don't have to switch it off again. I've had mine 3 months and I haven't had to boot it since. It just sits in Stand By.

    What exactly were you doing with yours?

    Its a great value piece of kit now. Wouldn't be without mine now.
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    tacobravo , December 12, 2012 9:35 AM
    Its gonna take years worth of trust to maybe get it back to its previous levels
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    xjoedisorderx , December 12, 2012 12:04 PM
    ThunderfoxNice picture of a rubber foot there...what does the phone look like? I know they are supposed to be targeting business users with the physical keyboard, but the market is so much bigger than that now that they would probably have been better off releasing the touchscreen version first. I guess the keyboard is supposed to be their signature feature, but obviously it's not so attractive any more if they are losing so much business to the two market leaders.



    The first phone out the gate is a full touchscreen. This has been known for months now. That rubber foot you are speaking of actually looks quite nice in the tons of other pictures and videos that have been released.... Oh but you can't look passed tomshardware, heh typical.

    http://youtu.be/TSs5Q_rcgX4
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    belardo , December 12, 2012 12:05 PM
    Hmmm... My 4 month old Android 4.0 phone reboots in seconds, only done it twice... I think.
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    belardo , December 12, 2012 12:05 PM
    I'm wetting my pants.... black phone, textured... never seen that before.
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    chicofehr , December 12, 2012 12:06 PM
    90% of the reason I use Blackberry is because its the only brand that makes a decent QWERTY phone. My 9900 is awesome and I couldn't imagine sms, mms or emailing with a touch screen. I'm a fast typer and don't have to look while doing it so I couldn't imagine doing it on a touch screen. Most people just play games on their phone and surf the web which I do but I do more then that. For people who like to do lots of communication then a keyboard it really big. 45WPM on a touch screen? If you can do that then I'm impressed :p 
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    lamorpa , December 12, 2012 12:08 PM
    It looks so much like the back of a cell phone. Who would have guessed?
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    salgado18 , December 12, 2012 1:47 PM
    chicofehr90% of the reason I use Blackberry is because its the only brand that makes a decent QWERTY phone. My 9900 is awesome and I couldn't imagine sms, mms or emailing with a touch screen. I'm a fast typer and don't have to look while doing it so I couldn't imagine doing it on a touch screen. Most people just play games on their phone and surf the web which I do but I do more then that. For people who like to do lots of communication then a keyboard it really big. 45WPM on a touch screen? If you can do that then I'm impressed

    Completely agree. But they now need the ecosystem, with the right apps and support, or it will still be a niche market. Hope they can deliver.
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    Northwestern , December 12, 2012 1:52 PM
    chicofehr90% of the reason I use Blackberry is because its the only brand that makes a decent QWERTY phone. My 9900 is awesome and I couldn't imagine sms, mms or emailing with a touch screen. I'm a fast typer and don't have to look while doing it so I couldn't imagine doing it on a touch screen. Most people just play games on their phone and surf the web which I do but I do more then that. For people who like to do lots of communication then a keyboard it really big. 45WPM on a touch screen? If you can do that then I'm impressed


    I agree with this. My Blackberry 9670 provides a comfortable environment for me to type a whole paragraph without taking even a glance at the keyboard. I've tried multiple times with touchscreen devices but I can't get used to them in terms of typing. However I'd jump on a touchscreen BB in a heartbeat if it can provide a suitable dual touch and physical environment.
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    cptnjarhead , December 12, 2012 2:01 PM
    chicofehr90% of the reason I use Blackberry is because its the only brand that makes a decent QWERTY phone. My 9900 is awesome and I couldn't imagine sms, mms or emailing with a touch screen. I'm a fast typer and don't have to look while doing it so I couldn't imagine doing it on a touch screen. Most people just play games on their phone and surf the web which I do but I do more then that. For people who like to do lots of communication then a keyboard it really big. 45WPM on a touch screen? If you can do that then I'm impressed


    I hope RIM is successful. I would hate to see them go the way of Palm.
    chicofehr is right about the keyboard. I loved my Treo 750 and even my pre+ and pre2 because of the keyboard. But call quality was my big thing. My old Treo had great clarity and my Galaxy S2 is okay, but not great. It seems like call quality has been forgotten in today's BIG screen and tons of apps generation.
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    old_newbie , December 12, 2012 2:38 PM
    uh oh! I see a rounded corner. Apple lawsuit shortly to follow....
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    MorkS , December 13, 2012 4:31 AM
    daglesj, couldn't agree more. Best value for the price right now.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 13, 2012 5:57 PM
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    I would hate to see them go the way of Palm.

    Perhaps if HP hadn't bought them out and taken dump on Palm it would still be around.