BlackBerry 10-based smartphone image leaked

While Research in Motion may be sitting on the sidelines this fall as far introducing new smartphones, the company is planning to launch its BlackBerry 10 operating system, and the first smartphones based on the OS, sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

Today, the site N4BB.com has posted up a new and leaked image of what is reportedly the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the L-Series. The photo of the touchscreen-only device shows some of the app icons that will be featured on the OS, including its web browser, a map app, its Facebook app and something called Story Maker, which presumably is some kind of video editing app.

 

It looks like RIM will launch the L-Series smartphone first when BlackBerry 10 is released, but the company has already said it plans to offer up a new smartphone device that will have the company's familiar physical keyboard as well. RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins, claims to be already using a BlackBerry 10 product for his regular work duties.

The launch of BlackBerry 10 is pretty much "do or die" for RIM. The company has seen its smartphone market share get hit as iOS, Android and even Windows Phone devices have increased their sales at BlackBerry's expense.

Source: N4BB.com | Image via N4BB

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I like my Blackberry Bold Touch. Use it for work. It's very stable. I hope BB fixes out their kinks REAL SOON! I'd hate to see only 3 Phone OS be alive. Windows, iOS and Android.

not sure what to think about this one ... bland, but cannot really expect innovation from BB. it will be secure because that s how BB are but as for UI ... will be just a theme (thought the guts of it will be different than other OSs) ....

usability ... there will be no competition, BB must cater to business and bring something substantial to the table, otherwise Android/iOS/WinM work just fine.

That interface..those icons...hmm...the real question is do they have 1.1 billion dollars to pay Apple and another billion to MS for the live tiles?

bcs said,
What's a Blackberry?

It's like an apple, but much smaller, shrivelled and black with no bites taken out of it, because it tastes like ****.

Competition is good. I encourage anyone who might consider it to try it out. The more options there are out there, the better.

I personally would like to see WP8/BB to steal customers away from Android and iPhone.
GoGo underdogs.

Eh, not so attractive, BB. You can do better.

P.S. The fast and unoriginal "Apple will sue" jokes are DEAD. I'm not even an Apple fan mind you, but holy crap, get over the rounded corner bit and icon grid jabs. Most of you only do it because "it's cool."

Apple is gonna sue the **** out of them for that 4x4 grid, clock, pages, all that. RIP blackberry. Not because the phone sucks, but because their legal fees from Apple's patent trolling will buy the company twice over.

I hate to be "that guy", but I get the feeling Apple will take issue with the 4x4 homescreen layout.

I hope BB10 does well, though. And I think anyone who comments about the death of RIM/how boring BB10 is/etc is a bit of an idiot seeing as we know nothing about it aside from the odd blurry photo.

what said,
I hate to be "that guy", but I get the feeling Apple will take issue with the 4x4 homescreen layout.

Forget the icons. I think I see a rounded corner!

what said,
I hate to be "that guy", but I get the feeling Apple will take issue with the 4x4 homescreen layout.

Many phones have had that layout for over a decade, there's nothing they can do about it. Anyway, it doesn't look anything like iOS.

GP007 said,
Yay, more icon grids! Just what users want.

This is s pretty awful looking implementation but icon grids are exactly what users want though, there's a small niche for something different and WP can cater for that.

GP007 said,
Yay, more icon grids! Just what users want.

In all honestly I'm a bit disappointed with Windows Phone's Live Tiles. Since Microsoft made such a big fuss of it I expected a whole lot more apps to utilize them instead of just showing static image. The latter really isn't any better than having an icon grid.

.Neo said,

In all honestly I'm a bit disappointed with Windows Phone's Live Tiles. Since Microsoft made such a big fuss of it I expected a whole lot more apps to utilize them instead of just showing static image. The latter really isn't any better than having an icon grid.

I agree that more developers should use them since you can do quite a bit with them but it also depends on the apps you use. I have a few that take advantage of the back side of the tile and flip to show me more info etc. Most just use the basic notification type that tosses up a number next to a static picture though.

I expect more to change with WP8 and the ability to have 3 different sizes that users can change between. It already breaks with any idea of a "grid" unless you yourself place them as such.

Spyder said,
competition in a marketplace is always good. hopefully it does well

If it weren't for their idiotic and backwards mail system, I'd be rooting for them. Somehow people think that this is their biggest asset, but I won't consider a Blackberry for any purpose until they offer a genuine and modern mail client.

IronChef75 said,

If it weren't for their idiotic and backwards mail system, I'd be rooting for them. Somehow people think that this is their biggest asset, but I won't consider a Blackberry for any purpose until they offer a genuine and modern mail client.

I think the BB mail client is better than the iOS mail app and the WP7 mail. I have not tried Andriod or WP8 yet.

The biggest issue with blackberry email is the lack of ActiveSync support on the server side.

Lexcyn said,
BB10 actually looks/feels pretty amazing.

Quit trying to get it to date you; no means no, no matter how many compliments you give it.