Blackberry 10 smartphone prototype revealed

Research in Motion has revealed the smartphone hardware prototype device that will be given to Blackberry software developers this week. AllThingsD.com reports that RIM's recently installed CEO Thorsten Heins showed off the device as part of his keynote speech to developers today at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida. The prototype is not considered to be the final hardware for Blackberry 10, with Heins saying, "We will be there later this year with an exciting device"

News.com reports that while RIM is sending out this prototype device to some developers, the actual OS inside it is not Blackberry 10 at all but rather the current BlackBerry PlayBook operating system. However, it does have a new virtual keyboard that allows users to see suggested words above the letter they type in. As far as the prototype's hardware, it has a 4.2 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768.

RIM has confirmed that at least some of the new smartphones it is developing for Blackberry 10 won't have the physical keyboard that has become a staple of most previous Blackberry devices. The official hardware is expected to launch later in 2012 with News.com reporting that they could be released as early as August.

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What's the sense in giving something like this out that is neither hardware they are going to use NOR even a Beta of the OS they are going to use...? I'm perplexed...

M_Lyons10 said,
What's the sense in giving something like this out that is neither hardware they are going to use NOR even a Beta of the OS they are going to use...? I'm perplexed...

You know this, how?

I assume you work for RIM then?

M_Lyons10 said,
What's the sense in giving something like this out that is neither hardware they are going to use NOR even a Beta of the OS they are going to use...? I'm perplexed...

neo158 : Rim clearly stated many times that the hardware AND os are not final.

The sense of giving something like this? To give the developers a device to test on so they can start developping as early as possible! Right now, the AppWorld for Playbook lacks applications, giving devices to developpers is a way to correct that and have enought apps on the AppWorld when BB10 is released. Even if it's not final, the application that are developped to work on it will work on the final OS too or will only need minor adjustments.

You know what would be a good area to have heavy development in for RIM? Voice to text. If they go that perfected, better than anyone else, they would have something. Build the phone around that and the push email and it would be a serious business phone once again. No more typing emails or di*king with virtual keyboards. Just say it and send. Yes everyone had voice-to-text but it's far from being close to a galaxy in the same galactic cluster as perfect.

Oh and hardware. RIM you're just now getting into the 1GHz and dual core game. Let's see something that makes us second guess that what we're holding is a Blackberry.

KCRic said,
You know what would be a good area to have heavy development in for RIM? Voice to text. If they go that perfected, better than anyone else, they would have something. Build the phone around that and the push email and it would be a serious business phone once again. No more typing emails or di*king with virtual keyboards. Just say it and send. Yes everyone had voice-to-text but it's far from being close to a galaxy in the same galactic cluster as perfect.

Oh and hardware. RIM you're just now getting into the 1GHz and dual core game. Let's see something that makes us second guess that what we're holding is a Blackberry.

I agree for hardware, but knowing RIM they will probably release a cheaper device with lower hardware (like they do actually with the Curve)

eilegz said,
looks like a mini playbook which its nice... now we need a PHYSICAL qwerty keyboard

I bet you wouldn't buy this even if it had a physical keyboard.

warwagon said,
I mean really how many different phone designs can people have wtihout it looking like someone elses phone

See thats the beauty of it! innovation brings things you could never even think of! This..well it's been done before, and that's why to consumers it will be 'just another phone' (unless OS is amazing)

I guess we gotta give this devices OS a chance because the design isn't winning a Design of the Year award. **** RIM. I-N-N-O-V-A-T-E

xXgreatestever said,
I guess we gotta give this devices OS a chance because the design isn't winning a Design of the Year award. **** RIM. I-N-N-O-V-A-T-E

The design isn't innovative because it is NOT a final design and will NOT be a retail device, they pretty much resized the playbook and adapted it into a phone.
Some of the functionnality presented during BBWorld 2012 are pretty innovative, and there will be more... Just wait and see, there is and will have innovation.

I guess we gotta give this devices OS a chance because the design isn't winning a Design of the Year award. **** RIM. I-N-N-O-V-A-T-E

The ability to swipe up on the keyboard to select suggested words is a pretty neat idea. I thought the UI that they showed off was quite nice too, though it did seem somewhat of an amalgamation of what's already out there.

Manish said,
The ability to swipe up on the keyboard to select suggested words is a pretty neat idea. I thought the UI that they showed off was quite nice too, though it did seem somewhat of an amalgamation of what's already out there.

That's a bit like ICS and WP7 then, not that it's a bad thing and that's coming from someone with a Galaxy Nexus and an HD7.

Manish said,
It's shown off in this BB10 teaser video (at roughly 21 seconds onwards): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPYYo0-gfc

Might be nice to include this video in the article. It'd certainly provide better insight into the Dev Alpha than just a huge picture of a demo device.

I agree, I watched the video and I have to say that the keyboard looks impressive.

No qwerty keyboard?
Unless they've done something absolutely AMAZING with QNX this is going to be the death of rim. And, if they've not done something amazing with QNX, quite frankly the death would be well deserved.

I don't think it looks to bad, for a development prototype anyway. I hope the real BB10 devices look something like this one, TBH I would rather have them take their time over the BB10 devices and software than rush something to market and have it fail like some of their recent devices have.

So how long ago was it that someone high up at Blackberry said "All android devices look the same, dull and boring"...?

nik louch said,
So how long ago was it that someone high up at Blackberry said "All android devices look the same, dull and boring"...?

Is there something about "Dev Alpha" and "The prototype is not considered to be the final hardware for Blackberry 10" that is confusing to you?

I know they will need an offering like this but I think the one thing that differentiates themselves from the competitors is the QWERTY keyboard. However if this device works well then it could possibly be a big hit for them.
Otherwise, with a model such as this one... I think they need to do something a little extra. Something to seperate themselves from the rest. Something fresh to get them back into the game. We shall see.

Its a prototype for development. Maybe you guys should pay attention to the software which looks better than anything out today.

efjay said,
Its a prototype for development. Maybe you guys should pay attention to the software which looks better than anything out today.

where have you seen it in action? link to video please.

dogmai79 said,

Looks pretty impressive. It's scary at the same time though because no matter how much we might like it, it really comes down to developer support. If the developers are jumping ship, it's hard to want to buy one of their devices. It can be the best thing ever but still fail because there's not enough support.

Agreed, although if they gave it Android app support.....

Rudy said,
Too little too late if you ask me

Indeed. They should have come out with something new *at least* six months ago. And that'd have probably been too late already.

Fedr0 said,

Indeed. They should have come out with something new *at least* six months ago. And that'd have probably been too late already.

Dude 6 months ago, how about 5 years ago...

Zoom7000 said,

lol! That's the first thing I thought when I saw the image!

Looks too much like the S2 with no buttons. Has to be fake or they're asking for a lawsuit. Maybe they're willing to pay fees to use the design.

dogmai79 said,

Looks too much like the S2 with no buttons. Has to be fake or they're asking for a lawsuit. Maybe they're willing to pay fees to use the design.

Looks like a shop to me. Though the buttons on the middle right edge are interesting and not on the SGSII ir the 4S.

Just a bad shop with some small additions, nothing to see here...

medium_pimpin said,
Apple and Samsung lawsuits in 3 - 2 - 1

Wow people, from the VERY FIRST PARAGRAPH:
"The prototype is not considered to be the final hardware for Blackberry 10"

Try to read before sticking your entire foot down your throat.

techfreak said,
I hope its a compelling offering. The more competition, the better.

Isnt it a little narrower than the iphone & galaxy?