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RIM Teases BlackBerry 10 Smartphone With First Image

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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  • reprotected
    Cool story. When is iOS 7 coming out?
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  • Marco925
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Its gonna take years worth of trust to maybe get it back to its previous levels
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  • xjoedisorderx
    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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