BlackBerry 10 devices video leaked, then pulled

Research in Motion needs to have a big hit with the launch of BlackBerry 10 if it has any hope of surviving. That means not only coming up with a solid mobile OS but also good hardware to run it. Late on Thursday, a video, which appears to be officially made for RIM and that shows off renders of the two BlackBerry 10 launch smartphones, found its way to the Internet.

Crackberry.com managed to track down the video, which was originally posted on the Vimeo site. The video was quickly pulled from Vimeo but Crackberry.com took some screenshots before that happened. The video showed what are believed to be the design for the Blackberry L series device, which is the full touchscreen smartphone that looks similar to the Blackberry 10 developer devices that RIM has offered software creators.

The video also shows a render of the BlackBerry N, which is the device that will have the full QWERTY keyboard that is highly familiar to current BlackBerry device owners. This appears to be the first time that a clear image of the BlackBerry N has been revealed.

News.com claims to have seen both devices and they confirm that they match what was shown in the leaked video. BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Source: Crackberry.com | Image via Crackberry.com

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jasonon said,
not a fan of their "new" UI.. it looks quite old and unoriginal >.>

Agreed. It's a bit iOS meets Android.

I've always had a soft spot for Blackberry, I hope that their new devices and software makes a splash, would be nice seeing them with iOS and Android again.

One thing you have to give RIM credit for is originality, they have always differentiated themselves quite uniquely. Their hardware is unmistakable Blackberry, they never copy.

As a longterm patient Blackberry user myself, if that Bold on the right is the real picture, its looking pretty damn nice. I'm guessing they dropped the slight curviture/ergonomic keypad for the flat style to gain a bit of screen space, just speculation though... No touch screen could match the keypad for writing, you dont even have to look at the screen to write a message once you become that acquainted with the keypad, thats why I still stick with the hard-keys

I like the look of the L device hardware, very sleek but the software in that picture looks like Symbian or a bad android theme.

drazgoosh said,
That new Bold is looking sleek, but is anyone really buying Blackberry phones any more?

People who use their phones not as a toy but as a business device.

Signed, previous iPhone 4s user.

sanctified said,

People who use their phones not as a toy but as a business device.

Signed, previous iPhone 4s user.

I use my iPhone as a business phone everyday 7 days a week. logmein, spiceworks, email, vpn, can't think of single thing that would make me ever migrate all the users I manage back to blackberry phones after moving them all to iphones + moving them to iphones has decreased the need for support too.

sanctified said,

People who use their phones not as a toy but as a business device.

Signed, previous iPhone 4s user.

I wonder why tens of thousands of enterprise users are moving over to the iPhone then.

sanctified said,

People who use their phones not as a toy but as a business device.

Signed, previous iPhone 4s user.

I do like the easy profile switching... also if a company wants to wipe a BYOD phone they wipe the work profile and your personal one is intact.

thealexweb said,

I wonder why tens of thousands of enterprise users are moving over to the iPhone then.

In comparison to millions of enterprise BB users?

.Neo said,

Is that number increasing or decreasing?

Decreasing, but that's only natural. Years ago BB was the only alternative.

Just because it's decreasing does not mean it will decrease steadily until oblivion, it just means that the market it's leveling out.

I've used all platforms (yes, even wp7) and for writing mission critical emails nothing beats the BB keyboard. Yes, I know Samsung and Nokia have phones with similar keyboards, but those does not have what most my professional contacts use: Blackberry messenger.